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    Global Ties Detroit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts international exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other governmental organizations, universities, and think tanks that promote global exchange and citizen diplomacy. 

    Our goal is to connect international professionals and emerging leaders in a variety of fields with their Detroit counterparts for the purpose of forging lasting relationships that may one day become a powerful tool for addressing some of our biggest global challenges.  To achieve this goal, Global Ties Detroit visitors meet with our extensive network of Detroit-area institutions, organizations, companies, and individuals who specialize in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. This network includes leading voices in over 50 fields, guaranteeing meaningful exchanges centered on topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, civic engagement, immigration, education, economic development, public health, and more. 

    While in Detroit, we aim to provide our international visitors with opportunities to cultivate deeper connections and more meaningful cross-cultural exchange. This includes pairing 70% of our visitors with homestay host families and arranging Delegate Dinners for volunteer hosts to share a meal with visitors during their stay in Detroit. Global Ties Detroit also organizes international speaker programs, cultural dinners, and  #globalhangout networking events to engage Detroit’s diverse, globally minded citizens. 



    Founded as the International Visitors Council of Metropolitan Detroit (IVC Detroit) in 1972, Global Ties Detroit has been connecting Detroit, and its diverse citizens, vast resources and innovative industries, to global leaders for nearly half a century. 

    Global Ties Detroit is a proud member of the Global Ties U.S. network, joining over 100 organizations in 45 states and 16 countries that coordinate international exchange programs. In the past year Global Ties Detroit hosted more than 300 emerging leaders from nearly 100 different countries meeting with 250+ organizations throughout metropolitan Detroit!

    In recent years, Global Ties Detroit has strived to expose our international visitors to another side of Detroit – that of a revitalized city that is becoming the destination of choice for global leaders eager to explore the passionate, creative, and innovative side of a reemerging metropolis. 


    Global Ties Detroit is a membership driven organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. 



    Changing perceptions about Detroit and the United States

    Since the beginning of 2016, Global Ties Detroit has facilitated international exchange that has resulted in:

    180 Home Stays & Dinners 302 Visitors Hosted 80 Countres Represented


    When did the organization change its name?

    The International Visitors Council of Metro Detroit officially became Global Ties Detroit on June 30, 2016.

    Does Global Ties Detroit have internships?

    Yes. Please contact mail@ivcdetroit.org if you are interested in learning more about the internship opportunities within our organization.

    I think that I would like to be a homestay host but I’m not sure what that entails.

    We work with you to find one that fits your lifestyle. Length of stay, English speaking levels, and other Our homestay hosts are an integral part of our programs. Each homestay request is different and we can factors can be used to connect you with the opportunity of a lifetime.

    If a homestay is not what you are looking for, we have many other opportunities to get involved including, but no limited to hosting dinners, driving delegates, and volunteering at events. Link to Get Involved page

    Please contact mail@ivcdetroit.org for more information about inviting one of our visitors into your family.

    My company is looking for ways to engage globally. Could Global Ties Detroit assist with that?

    We can certainly help unite your business or organization with global leaders. Each year we host delegations from sectors as varied as water management, museum management, conflict resolution, education, and entrepreneurial innovation. A quick meeting with our staff can help us understand what you do and in what areas you would be most interested in connecting.

    Please contact mail@ivcdetroit.org to find out how we can connect you with the world.

    I’ve heard of Global Detroit. What is the difference?

    Global Ties Detroit, formerly the International Visitors Council of Metropolitan Detroit, is a non-profit organization that administers international exchange programs from all over the world on behalf of U.S. governmental organizations with the mission of promoting diplomacy.

    Global Detroit is a local organization that focuses on mobilizing the potential of immigrants in economic growth of the Detroit area.