Professional Exchanges

If you're interested in working with WorldDenver to design and implement a professional exchange program, please contact Megan Maher, Program Manager, for more details and pricing. 

[email protected]

WorldDenver is the local host organization for international visitors sponsored by the International Visitor Leadership Program. WorldDenver also administers fee-for-service programs, designing unique programs carefully tailored to deliver program sponsor and participant objectives. Clients include the Institute of International Education, Meridian International Center, the US-Russia Foundation, the Open World Leadership Center, the US Embassy in Belgium, FHI 360, WorldLearning, and the America for Bulgaria Foundation. WorldDenver is a member in good standing of Global Ties US and meets all of Global Ties US' compliance requirements and organizational standards.

Read our Capacity Statement here.

For Past Professional and Youth Exchanges, click here.

For Reverse Exchange Programs, click here.

Upcoming Programs

Open World

The Open World ( program is a dedicated U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era. The program has enabled more than 29,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts. The Open World Program exchanges help to establish lasting professional relationships between the up-and-coming leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions.

The theme of the December 2019 Open World hosted by WorldDenver is Waste Management and has 7 participants from Russia participating. The delegation will be in Dnever December 6th - 14th.

The theme of the February 2020 Open World hosted by WorldDenver is Business & University Hubs/Incubators and has 6 participants from Russia participating. The delegation will be in Denver February 14th - 22nd.

To meet with the group or get involved with homestay hosting, please email Megan at [email protected] 

Recent Programs

Professional Fellows Program

The Professional Fellows Program is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States.  PFP participants are placed in intensive 5-6 week fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the United States for an individually tailored professional development experience. They build a broad network with American and other program participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society.  The PFP is a two-way exchange, with American participants who have hosted foreign fellows traveling overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs. The fall cohort of the Professional Fellows Program was in Denver from October 18 - November 19th, 2019 and had six participants placed at four different worksites. Thank you to our community partners at the Colorado School of Mines, the City and County of Denver, the Open Media Foundation, and the Second Chance Center.

Young Leaders of the Americas

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)'s inaugural year was in 2015 under President Obama. YLAI is implemented by Meridian International Center and empowers entrepreneurs and civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas, thus effectively contributing to social and economic development in their communities. YLAI is a mutually-beneficial, cross-cultural exchange and learning opportunity for Fellows and their HostsFor the past three years, WorldDenver has hosted young international professionals participating in the YLAI program for a month-long fellowship in Denver in the fall. Part of this program includes a Fellowship Placement Monday through Thursday in their field of expertise. The Fellows engage in various tasks (e.g., working on projects, attending staff and customer meetings, shadowing staff members, and conducting research) and gain valuable professional, entrepreneurial, and leadership development skills. Denver delegations have consisted of a mix of business and social entrepreneurs from North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

WorldDenver first participated in YLAI in 2016, hosting 14 Fellows from 12 countries, and again in 2017, with 12 Fellows from 12 countries. WorldDenver looks forward to its third year of hosting YLAI Fellows this fall (September 22 - October 20), with 14 Fellows from 11 countries.

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Launched in 2013, YSEALI consists of bright young leaders aged 18-35 years from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. These young leaders have innovative ideas for tackling what they have identified as their generation's greatest challenges in the ASEAN region: economic development, environmental protection, education, and civic engagement.

In May 2018, WorldDenver hosted 4 YSEALI Fellows. The Fellows were paired with professional counterparts in Denver to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional contacts to address issues in their home communities. WorldDenver is grateful to have partnered with four outstanding organizations: Africa Development Promise, Friendship Bridge, Lutheran Family Services, and Operation HOPE, Inc.

Russian Business Leaders

This exchange program is for young business professionals from Russia who are committed to driving economic development through leadership and sound business practices. The goals of the program are: to create partnerships between companies in the US and Russia; to strengthen understanding of the US policies and practices related to business, innovation, and entrepreneurship; afford promising yound professionals from Russia the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, US business polices and practices; and sharpen leadership and technical skills of Russian business leaders. WorldDenver will host 4 professionals through this program in August and September 2018.