International Visitors Program
Tulsa’s gateway to the world and the world’s gateway to Tulsa
In December of 2020, TGA arranged and facilitated a panel of Oklahoma organizations that work with volunteers to meet with a group of volunteers in Kazakhstan to share best practices. The Kazakhstan volunteers have been active in delivering food and medicine to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are led by Amina Zhardemkyzy, who visited Tulsa through the U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program in 2018 with the topic “Volunteerism: Charity and Civic Action.”
Maiya Shamenova, who visited the U.S. in 2020 through the same program, served as interpreter. Amina was impressed at the variety
of volunteer projects and the diversity of volunteers that she saw in Tulsa, and she and Maiya requested this opportunity for a follow-up discussion with experienced volunteer managers in Oklahoma. Representatives of the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits, Salvation Army Tulsa, Tulsa Area United Way, Inasmuch Foundation, and Asemio participated in the meeting, and had a true dialogue about volunteerism in both countries. Everyone involved wants to participate in another Oklahoma-Kazakhstan virtual volunteer bridge in 2021, and it's wonderful to see volunteers around the world come together in their dedication to community service.
TGA is a portal for average area citizens to exercise their right, and even responsibility, to promote peace through person-to-person interactions.
Tulsa is a popular city for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassies, and the U.S. Library of Congress-sponsored international visitor partner organizations such as:
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP);
The Youth Ambassador Program;
The Legislative Fellows Program; and
Open World Programs.
We are a highly valued partner to these organizations.
Structured schedules enable our visitors to explore their professional or educational roles through meetings with local leaders and organizations, while also allowing them to observe and take part in cultural and social events. These programs give area citizens numerous opportunities to learn from and about cultures from around the world.
The total annual economic impact of TGA’s international visitor programming for 2018 was valued at $958,000.
U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Participant from Mongolia, October, 2019 – Program Theme: U.S. Investment Policy
Question: Did your time in Tulsa change your perception of Tulsa in any way?
"I thought that Tulsa was a small Midwestern cowboy city but now I know that it is a vibrant business friendly city full of entertainment and friendly multinational people."