It begins with a welcome...

A simple seven-letter word, often accompanied by a smile, a handshake, and an open door. But it is so much more than a word — it is an ethic, a spirit, a commitment. It is an acknowledgement that Citizen Diplomacy and a mutual understanding among nations is vital to peace, tolerance, prosperity, and stability in the world.

"The most important contact between nations is the contact between its peoples." 
—Queen Elizabeth II


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Vice President Joe Biden at the Fiftieth Anniversary of THIS for Diplomats.
Diplomats and Volunteers during a special tour of the White House.
Diplomats and Volunteers visiting the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the State Department.
Diplomats and Volunteers during a special behind-the-scenes tour of the CBS Studio in Washington, DC.
The THIS Japanese Cultural Exchange Group enjoying a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. (Photo courtesy of Ludo Segers)
Diplomats and THIS Volunteers enjoying a tour of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC.
Diplomats and THIS Volunteers enjoying a Halloween Pirate Cruise on the Potomac.
Diplomats and THIS Volunteers enjoying a Behind the Scenes Tour of Nationals Ballpark.
Diplomats and Volunteers at THIS; 4th Annual Glen Echo Family day.
Volunteers visit the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Diplomats and Volunteers during a tour of Gettysburg.
Diplomats and Volunteers at the Arabic Culture Exchange Group.


THIS for Diplomats is a window that opens Washington for us and lets us experience and know it.

Diplomat from Brazil

THIS for Diplomats is a wonderful vehicle by which the best of America is portrayed. Such an organization can only be an influential force for good.

Diplomat from Great Britain

Allow us to congratulate the outstanding performance of THIS and express our satisfaction and delight for the opportunity of serving in a country that excels in promoting social and cultural exchange among the nations of the world.

Diplomat from Brazil

I wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed this year with THIS. The programs have been more than informative: They were also warm and stimulating, and left me feeling both admiration and affection for the United States.

Diplomat from Estonia

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