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Those that are contemplating being a host should be prepared for a very enriching experience. The excitement from the visitors is just a joy to watch as they learn and experience many new ideas and activities. Rhonda Biddy, Home Host Family


Are you interested in meeting people from all over the world? Practice your favorite language, share international cuisine, or discuss global trends without ever leaving Dallas/ Fort Worth!

In 2012, IVP volunteers welcomed 254 visitors to Dallas/ Fort Worth from 76 countries. Make lasting memories with participants in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other international exchange programs.

Whether you are a seasoned international traveler or someone who is just curious to learn about the world, we encourage you to sign up to our volunteer list today by by completing our online application.


Cowboys. Rodeos. Football. Tex Mex. Big hair. Big dreams. These are just a few reasons international visitors love visiting Texas. But as one of our recent visitors from Iraq mentioned, “Texas is not just about cowboys; there’s more to it.”

Help show international visitors what Texas is all about by sharing your story. While our offices are in Dallas, we have volunteers across the metropolitan area that host visitors, exchange ideas and best practices, attend unique cultural activities, and make valuable connections.


There are many possible roles for members to engage with visitors and support the IVP. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following positions:

  • Home Hospitality: Volunteers open their homes to visiting delegations for an evening meal and fun conversation. Groups are often split into smaller groups and are accompanied by an interpreter if there are language barriers.
  • Home Hosts: Volunteers welcome one or more participants on a short-term exchange program into their home for a period of 1-3 weeks. Learn more about home hosting.
  • Cultural Ambassadors & Drivers: Volunteers accompany delegations or individuals to local attractions, including museums, shopping malls, or the Stockyards and rodeo in Fort Worth.
  • Professional Resources: Volunteers meet with one of our delegations to discuss their knowledge and expertise concerning a career field or industry. If you would like to meet with one of our upcoming delegations, please email Chelsea Marshall, IVP Manager, at In the event that your area of expertise is not listed, we are always interested in developing new skill areas to share with our international counterparts, and we would be delighted to hear from you.

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