Boulder Council for International Visitors

Boulder Council for International Visitors (BCIV) was founded in 1962 as a non-profit volunteer organization with a focus on citizen diplomacy.  It was founded to encourage understanding and friendship between the community and its visitors from abroad.  The BCIV program consists mainly of social events such as potluck dinners. BCIV is part of a national network of organizations that program visitors that are on the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). BCIV is also a Member of Global Ties U.S, a national network of international exchange.

BCIV History One local organization (BFIS) and several individuals were responsible for BCIV's founding. During 1961-62 Kathleen Ellinghaus, Chair of the Boulder Friends of International Students (founded in l948), received numerous calls from persons who were, or who had contacts with, international visitors in theBoulder community. These inquiries were requests for services similar to those provided by BFIS for students at the University of Colorado....friendship families, conversational English, coffees for wives and other opportunities to interact with Boulder citizens. The need for another group became apparent. Mrs. Ellinghaus appointed Vi Waggoner to head the committee to implement these plans. Many members of BFIS joined CHIV which later became BCIV.

Expand Your World campaign with Michelle Kwan (Click Here)

Michelle Kwan is a new spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State "International Visitor Leadership Program" (IVLP). If you are interested in meeting some of the international leaders coming to us through this program, there are social events and volunteer opportunities available to you through your involvement with the Boulder Council for International 'visitors (BCIV).

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