The Voluntary Visitor Program
The Voluntary Visitor Program gives individuals selected by U.S. Embassies the opportunity to meet and confer with their professional counterparts throughout the U.S. in order to obtain a broader view of American culture, society, and politics. What makes the Volvis program differ from the IVLP is that the Volvis participant already has a self-funded roundtrip air ticket. The Volvis program generally only lasts from 2 – 14 days and is for the most part self-funded. For example, when an established foreign or business leader plans to travel to the U.S., he/she might discuss the potential visit with American Embassy staff in Swaziland well beforehand, giving objectives for wishing the Embassy to set up appointments with key people in cities such as Washington, D.C. following his or her self-funded trip to the U.S. The Embassy could then make a formal request to the Voluntary Visitors Division (ECA/PE/V/F) to establish whether or not the Volvis could be programmed and whether partial funding would be available.
A few Swazi citizens have participated in this program to date.