Our Passion

Peace through Understanding – We bring people together, creating a caring and sustainable community that respects cultural differences, creates friendships and promotes peace

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Join our cross-cultural network of engaged and
knowledgeable everyday citizen leaders, and be an active force in creating and sustaining a more peaceful world.
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Our journey starts on September 11, 1956, when U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower recognized the significance of promoting understanding and mutual respect between individuals for achieving peaceful international relations. This led to the formation of People to People International (PTPI), an organization with a rich history that includes influential figures such as businessman J.C. Hall, comedian Bob Hope, and visionary Walt Disney.

Eventually, PTPI expanded its outreach to at least 160 countries, connecting individuals from diverse cultures to explore global issues, serve their communities, and become effective leaders in creating a more harmonious world. In 2023, we took another step forward with the opening of the Global Chapter Coordination Centre in Belgium, which serves as a central hub for our Chapter Network and their activities.

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AS A MEMBER OF PTPI, you will have a group of friends that circles the globe. Learn more about the various levels of PTPI membership, and find the one that works best for you.

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YOU ARE JOINING more than 23,700 fellow members around the world who are dedicated to the mission of PTPI.

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Forget everything you thought you knew about travel. People to People International unites everyday citizens through immersive travel experiences as a gateway to a deeper appreciation of diverse cultures. More than visiting a destination, PTPI connects you to the people.
PTPI has selected Enriching Cultural Experiences (ECE) International to be our new licensed travel provider for the 2016 travel season, replacing our previous provider, Ambassadors Group, Inc. They will manage an extensive world-wide partnership to create unique and well-organized experiences towards the mission set forth by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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PTPI offers a variety of programs designed to increase chapters' ability to carry out the mission of the organization in their communities and around the world.

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PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING is still as important today as it was in 1956 when U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched our mission.
People to People International depends on the generosity of individuals to help break down barriers of intolerance and celebrate diversity. Join us by making a gift to help ensure his legacy continues for decades to come.

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We operate within main business hours on week days. You can always contact us by email or cell phone.
Our Helpdesk is staffed Monday to Wednesday each week and email is answered seven days a week.


Chalks Corriette


Brussels, Belgium