Four weeks ago, I embarked on the trip of a lifetime through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP for the initiated), thanks to the U.S State Department. I got to travel around 5 of the 50 states of the United States, namely Washington DC, Seattle, Washington; Akron, Ohio; Houston, Texas and Finally New York. It provided an opportunity to meet with a spectrum of people, not only in the U.S but also from around the world. I am still in the process of sifting through the whole range of information that I have obtained during the many meetings that I have had with various components of the American civic society. In the course of a couple of papers, I will share my experience of the different projects that I have encountered. Some have stood out either by the genius of their sheer simplicity and others by their “wow” factor. For now though, I invite you to share my overall personal experience.