This spring and summer, two staff members of the Holy See traveled to the United States as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), learning about American government and culture. Dr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Monsignor Visvaldas Kulbokas of the Secretariat of State’s Second Section visited several cities and participated in cultural and professional exchange.
IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience the country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. A variety of meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See sponsored Dr. Vinciguerra’s and Msgr. Kulbokas’ trips.
Dr. Vinciguerra, an environmental expert, visited companies and organizations that work on the environment, including the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland and Lincoln Electric System in Nebraska. Msgr. Kulbokas, who works at the Holy See’s office for relations with other states, visited several institutions and government agencies in Washington, D.C. and other cities. Both found their IVLP experiences informative and enjoyable.