Each year the Embassy selects and sends about 10 Burkinabe to the U.S. for a three-week program that allows them to meet professional counterparts and to experience the U.S. first hand by traveling to several American cities. Programs are conducted English and French. It is not possible to apply for this program. The Embassy selects the participants itself among established or potential leaders in government, politics, media, education, science, civil society, and other fields. The purpose of the IVP is to increase mutual understanding between Burkina Faso and the U.S. by bringing people with similar interests and professions together to share experiences and ideas.