The Open World Program, sponsored by the U.S. Congress, brings emerging leaders from participating countries to the United States to give them firsthand exposure to the U.S. system of participatory democracy and free enterprise and to help them build lasting professional and personal relationships with American colleagues. Open World delegates, who are selected by U.S. Embassies in collaboration with the Open World Leadership Center, represent a broad diversity of technical areas. The themes of their U.S. exchange programs cover an extensive range, including accountable governance, education, environment, health care and rule of law. The participants are elected leaders, educators, policy researchers, journalists, public service providers and business leaders. The program enables them to spend one week in communities across the United States, where they can share best practices with their American counterparts, live with host families and foster lasting ties that lead to ongoing cooperation and collaboration.