About the Program
Since 1961, the El Paso Council for International Visitors (EPCIV) continues to receive foreign dignitaries through cooperation with the U.S. Department of State to tour the United States. Our program works with U.S. embassies around the world in order to acquaint emerging leaders of other nations with the United States so that they will better understand our country.
These visitors spend three to four weeks in the United States at our government's expense. They visit four to six communities where they are greeted and hosted by local councils. EPCIV is one of the many councils that belongs to the U.S. Global Ties. More than one hundred heads of state and six hundred cabinet ministers from around the world have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program, including Margaret Thatcher and Anwar Sadat.
Most international visitors are mid-level managers who are rising stars in their chosen professions, which include government, education, journalism, and business. Their ages typically range from 35-55, and they are well-educated and often widely traveled. They visit business, government, and private sector agencies that correlate to their careers in their home country. Most of these visitors speak English, although some require an interpreter. Visitors are accompanied by an escort from the U.S. Department of State; this escort provides interpretation for non-English speakers.
About Our Members
The majority of our members are well-traveled and speak a variety of languages. We have professors, lawyers, and a plethora of professionals from all facets of business and governmental agencies in our Council. The diversity of our members offers the International Program a special touch and gives the Visitors a chance to learn many aspects of American society.
Through various gatherings, EPCIV members have built close friendships that will last a lifetime between the members themselves and the International Visitors.
These pictures are the "Proclamations" the Hospitality hosts present to the International Visitor. They are proclamations declaring the International Visitors as Supreme Travelers of the Southwest!
Araceli L. McCoy
Class of 2016-2017
Class of 2017-2018
Class of 2018-2019