July 17, 2014 is the next
American Summer Experience!

- 2014  IVC & Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program and Tianjin, China share U.S.-China Sister Cities Award for Youth Programming 

- 2013  IVC named by Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia a "Dare to Understand Community Organization Partner"

- 2012 Temple University Global Philadelphia Award  

- 2011 Independence Charter School's Global Citizen Award

- 2009 Preservation Alliance's Community Action Award (for our work on the Chinatown Friendship Gate)

- 2005 Consular Corps Global Leadership Award

2004 Human Rights Award from the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission

Did you know that the network of 95 IVC's across the U.S. was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for its work with
the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program @StateIVLP.



You can check out other international activities in the region in our 'corner'

Florence, Italy

The relationship with Florence, Philadelphia's first Sister City, was established in 1964.  Located on the Arno River in the Tuscan region of Italy, Florence is both the heart of the Renaissance and a popular tourist destination.  Throughout the 13th centuries the city was known as the Athens of the West.  During that time, writers, artists, musicians and merchants flocked to the city to lay the groundwork for a culture that survives to this day. Florence is home to more than one-half million people that give the city a reputation as a world center for handicrafts, women's fashion, antiques and cinematic art.

Below are photos from BBQ 2010 Prize Winner Valerie Pearce's trip to Florence. 

Cathleen Compton, Chief of Staff of the Commissioner of University, Research and Youth Policies in Florence, visited Philadelphia in August 2010 with her husband, Giampiero Gallo.  She is orginally from the area but has lived in Florence for the past 20 years.  In fact, Cathleen and Giampiero met at International House while studying at the University of Pennsylvania!  While in Philadelphia, they met with many people including Honorable Luigi Scotto, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia, and Anna Mattei, Ph.D.



Below are photos from various exchange trips to Florence and Philadelphia, including the Splendor of Florence in 2001.


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Citizen diplomacy engages citizens in international relations. Meeting counterparts and experiencing everyday American life provides an authentic & more accurate view of the "real" U.S.

Restaurants participating
in our 
Summer Experience! 
-Bistro St.Tropez
-Capital Grille
-City tap House
-Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
-The Good King Tavern
-Ladder 15
-Ocean Prime
-Positano Coast
-The Prime Rib
-Seasons 52
-Square 1682
-Stella Rossa
-Tir Na Nog
-Valley Green Inn
-Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
Restaurants that participated in 2013
-Amuse at Le Meridien
-Asia on the Parkway
-Bistro St.Tropez
-Brauhaus Schmitz
-Bridget Foy's
-Capital Grille
-Chabaa Thai Bistro
-Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
-City Tavern
-D'Angelo's Ristorante
-Davio's Steakhouse
-Fratelli's Italian Bistro
-Jack's Firehouse
-Jane G's
-La Fontana Della Citta
-Luke's Lobster
-Marmont Steakhouse
-Mexican Post (2 certificates)
-Ocean Prime
-Oyster House
-Panorama Ristorante 
-Percy Street Barbecue
-Positano Coast
-The Prime Rib
-Ristorante La Buca
-Route 6
-Seasons 52
-Spring Mill Cafe
-Square 1682
-Starr Restaurants
-The Swann Lounge
-Tir Na Nog
-Valley Green Inn
-XIX (at the Bellevue)