Will you stand up for exchange programs?

Please write to your representatives to let them know that supporting international exchanges, like the International Visitor Leadership Program, is smart policy because it is cost-effective and has a lasting positive impact in the U.S. and abroad!

Download a sample advocacy letter here.

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Senator Charles Grassley- R

Cedar Rapids Office:

7th Avenue SE, Box 13
Suite 6800
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 363-6832
Fax: (319) 363-7179

Washington DC Office:

135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-3744
Fax: (202) 224-6020

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Senator Joni Ernst- R

Cedar Rapids Office:
111 Seventh Avenue SE
Suite 480
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 365-4504
Fax: (319) 365-4683

Washington DC Office:

111 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-3254

Fax: (202) 224-9369

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Rep. Ashley Hinson- R 1st District

Cedar Rapids Office:

118 Third Avenue SE

Suite 206

Cedar Rapids, IA  52401

Phone: (319) 364-2288

Washington DC Office:

1429 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-2911

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Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks- R 2nd District

Davenport District Office

201 W Second St

Suite 705

Davenport, IA  52801

Phone: (563) 232-0930

Washington DC Office:

1716 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-6576

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Rep. Cindy Axne- D 3rd District

Des Moines Office:

400 East Court Ave

Suite 346

Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 400-8180

Washington DC Office:

1034 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5476

Why advocate for change?

People-to-people exchanges build a more peaceful world order by breaking down stereotypes. Through citizen diplomacy, Global Ties Iowa:​

  • permits local students and community members to learn about different cultures

  • promotes mutual understanding across national borders

  • creates opportunities for community residents to expand their world by engaging in people-to-people exchanges

International exchanges strengthen American security. Did you know that there are one million exchange program alumni around the world?

  • 1,700 alumni are government ministers

  • 364 alumni are current and former heads of state

Not surprisingly, U.S. ambassadors and military leaders say exchanges are essential to our security.

Global Ties Iowa program impacts our local economy and the nation’s prosperity.

  • The Global Ties network alone created $57 million dollars in positive national economic impact in fiscal year 2015.

  • Locally, in 2018, Global Ties Iowa booked 609 hotel rooms for international visitors. Visitors stay, dine, and shop in our community.

  • Global Ties Iowa introduces local business and organizational leaders to their professional peers and potential customers from around the globe.

International exchanges are smart policy

This funding provides a positive return on every dollar spent. Through volunteerism and member support—across the country—organizations in the Global Ties network, like Global Ties Iowa, turn every $1 of federal funds into $5.85.

Lend your voice to support positive global engagement!
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Rep. Randy Feenstra- R 4th District

Sioux City Office:

320 6th Street

Room 112

Sioux City, IA  51101

Phone: (712) 224-4692

Washington DC Office:

1440 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-4426

Fax: (202) 225-3193