People to People International (PTPI) was established on September 11,
1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as part of the United States
Information Agency. After President Eisenhower left the office of
President in 1961, he arranged to have the organization privatized as
a non-governmental organization and arranged for People to People to
become a not-for-profit
Missouri corporation now known as People to
People International. President Eisenhower was Chairman of the Board
of Trustees and recognized as the founder of the not-for-profit
organization. It is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in
the state of
Missouri and qualifies for exemption from income tax
under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). PTPI is funded through
program fees, membership dues and donations.
Among the early leaders working with President Eisenhower were Joyce
C. Hall, the founder of Hallmark Cards, Inc., Walt Disney, Bob Hope
and approximately 100 other remarkable individuals from industry,
academia and the arts. Charles M. Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic
strip, contributed three pieces of artwork for PTPI Worldwide
On June 22, 2006, People to People was the first organization awarded
the Cavaliere per la Pace (Knight of Peace Award). Prior to
People to People, recipients of this award had always been
individuals. Previous honorees include Mother Teresa, Mikhail
Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II. Since its inception, eight U.S.
Presidents have served as the honorary chairman of People to People
Other PTPI Programs
People to People International programs include: Educational and
Humanitarian Initiatives adult travel programs, the EXPERIENCE
program (an annual student travel program incorporating service
work), Peace Camp (free, international travel program for students
with an emphasis on peace education), the Global Landmine
Initiative (working with the HALO Trust), the School and Classroom
Program (an international classroom-based pen pal program), &
also Community, University, Student Chapters all over the
world. Also the Global Youth Forum known as the GYF, open to 13-
to 18-year-olds all over the world every November.
A certificate in cross-cultural leadership is being developed for
The last few years the Global Youth Forums have been held in the
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, MO
Crystal City, VA
In early 2004, actor
Gary Sinise and author
Laura Hillenbrand founded
Operation Iraqi Children and joined in partnership with People to
People International in order to provide a way for concerned Americans
to reach out to the war-stricken children of Iraq by supporting troops
and their efforts to assist them. In 2009, the mission of the program
was expanded to include children in areas all over the world served by
American troops and the name of the program was changed to Operation
International Children. The Operation International Children program
announced its closing in April 2013. The final shipment to Kuwait was
sent June 2013.
PTPI is a proud partner of Global Youth Service Day.
People to People International has a European extension office in
Berlin, Germany. There was previously an office in Cairo,
In 2015 ECE International was appointed as the sole travel provider of
People to People International replacing Ambassadors Group.
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^ "School & Classroom Program". Ptpi.org. Retrieved
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^ "Global Youth Forum 2014". People to People International. Retrieved
^ "Global Youth Service Day". People to People International.
^ "PTP Europe". Retrieved 2013-12-18.
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^ "PTPI - Immersive Travel & Events". October 8, 2015. Retrieved
Documents relating to
People to People International at the Dwight D.
Eisenhower Presidential Library
Operation International Children Website[permanent dead link]
People to People International on Facebook
People to People Ambassador Prog