The Cultural Section

The Cultural Section is responsible for presenting various aspects of American culture to Malagasy audiences through events such as seminars, musical concerts, and speaker programs.

The Cultural Affairs Section of the American Embassy is responsible for the coordination of people-to-people, cultural and educational exchange programs between the United States and Madagascar.  Cultural programs permit Americans and Malagasy to meet and discuss subjects of mutual interest.  Exchanges occur by way of conferences, roundtable discussions, presentations, film showing, concerts, and art exhibits.

Educational Exchanges. Educational exchange programs allow Malagasy and Americans to travel to the other’s country to study and to participate in direct exchange.  The Cultural Affairs Section oversees the Fulbright and Hubert H. Humphrey educational exchange programs, the International Visitor program, and provides links to other exchange programs.

Voluntary Visitor. The Embassy offers Malagasy the opportunity to participate in a program known as Voluntary Visitors (Volvis).  It is ideal for officials whose responsibilities do not allow them sufficient time to participate in a regular three week International Visitor Leadership program.  Normally, a Volvis program lasts a maximum of ten days.  Contrary to the IVL program, entirely sponsored by the American government, the Volvis participant is responsible for paying for his/her own round-trip ticket to the United States.  The Department of State schedules a series of meetings related to the visitor’s interest.  The Department also offers per diem allowance of $160 to defray hotel, restaurant and local transportation expenses.  The Department covers all expenses for in-country travel.  The visitor also benefits from cultural opportunities and the services of an escort-interpreter.  Please note that program organizers in Washington require that requests for a Volvis program be submitted at least two months in advance.  To participate, the candidate must send a written request to the Public Affairs Section with specific program objectives and suggestions, as well as specifying the dates of the travel to the United States.

International Visitor Leadership Program

About the Program:
The International Visitor Leadership Program brings approximately 5,000 foreign nationals to the United States annually to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience America firsthand. The visitors, who are selected by American Foreign Service Officers overseas, are current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education, labor relations, the arts, business and other fields.

Among the thousands of distinguished individuals who have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program worldwide since its inception more than five decades ago are more than 200 current and former Chiefs of State, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers, and many, many other distinguished leaders from the public and private sectors.

Conditions: Grant Visitors

Individuals cannot apply to participate in the program.  American Foreign Service Officers stationed at U.S. embassies, and other Department of State officers overseas, nominate individuals to visit the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Project Descriptions

Participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program are fully funded by the Office of International Visitors and are called “grant visitors”.  These “Grantees” travel to the U.S. for periods of up to 21 days. These International Visitors travel to the U.S. either as individuals or as part of a group project.

Group or thematic projects focus on a particular issue, such as the U.S. economy or electoral system. Group projects can bring together colleagues with similar professional interests from particular countries, geographic regions or worldwide. Grant visitors can participate in Multi-Regional Projects (MRP), African Regional Projects (AFRP), Single Country Projects (SCP), and Individuals Traveling Together (ITT) projects.