This extremely popular and competitive program enhances understanding of the United States among current and future opinion leaders and policymakers. During a three-week, U.S.-based program, participants observe aspects of American social, economic, political, cultural and educational institutions and practices through meetings, workshops, seminars, site visits, and home hospitality. Additionally, participants visit historic sites and scenic areas and attend cultural events. Each year, more than 4,400 visitors from around the world participate in the IVLP program, including about 20 Ghanaians. Since its inception, 260 Ghanaians have participated, some in individual programs and others in single-country, regional, or multi-regional group projects. This program is by nomination only.