Who We Are
Simply put, we connect professionals through international exchange. Professionals Abroad works with premier local and national professional associations and societies to connect their members with counterparts around the globe for the purpose of exchange and professional development.
Based in Washington, DC, Professionals Abroad is a division of Academic Travel Abroad (ATA).
ATA is an organization with over 60 years of rich history in partnering with many of the country’s top educational institutions, think tanks and media companies, including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, the Brookings Institution and The New York Times; as well as alumni associations.
Areas of Expertise and Experience
Delegates from all professions, including agriculture, the arts and humanities, business and economic development, education, law, health and medicine, gain insight into their professional counterparts’ lives through one-on-one interaction, roundtable discussion, and visits to facilities. Delegates exchange ideas, broaden their perspectives, and take part in a journey of professional development in a foreign setting. Our delegations lead to future collaborations, ongoing research, and future partnerships between the U.S. delegates and their new contacts.
- To provide professional associations with unmatched educational travel opportunities that will develop and grow their membership.
- To increase understanding within professions by providing opportunities to discuss shared challenges and opportunities with professional counterparts globally.
- To open doors that will help professionals gain a deep appreciation for the culture and people of the host country.
- To support organizations as they establish lasting professional ties with international counterparts.
Highlights in Professionals Abroad History
14 unique associations visit Cuba for the purpose of professional exchange.
Over 210 professionals engage in meaningful interactions with their Cuban counterparts.
A group of 26 Elder Law Attorneys visit the Netherlands and experience, first-hand, the ground breaking innovation at Hogeweyk – the renowned pioneering care facility for the elderly.
Delegations, organized by Professionals Abroad, span the globe! Associations with focuses in tax, pharmacy, nursing, speech-language-hearing education, elder law, and hospitality meet with counterparts in Costa Rica, South Africa, Israel, Finland, the Netherlands, and Cuba.
25 Senior US Healthcare Administrators visit Cuba for the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the Universal Healthcare Model delivery structure in Cuba.
New destinations for Professionals Abroad delegations include Ireland and Iceland.
25 leading US Ophthalmologist from the American Association of Ophthalmology conduct training in Cuba.
Professionals Abroad organizes and develops an International conference for over 300 International Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediators in New Delhi, India sponsored by the American Bar Association.
Professionals Abroad expands to develop programs in Finland for US Education Associations to observe curriculum delivery. One of the associations represented was the National Association of Secondary School Principals, led by the NASSP sitting president.
New destinations are visited by delegations including Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Turkey. Professionals Abroad also establishes a series of programs for the Fellows of the American Bar Association.
Professionals Abroad launches our first program for graduate students in Public Health to visit Cuba and continues to expand legal delegations globally, including Intellectual Property Law, Family Law, Entertainment Law and additional State Bar delegations.
Professionals Abroad develops exchanges for over 400 professionals to visit India, South Africa, China, and Cuba. Major US Associations represented include the Society of Human Resource Managers, The American Bar Association, along with several Education Associations, Nursing Associations, and State Bar groups.
Professionals Abroad launches the first US professional exchanges authorized under the Professional Research License by the Office of Foreign Assets Control to visit Cuba through ATA.
Over 200 professionals visit Cuba, including 75 Public Health Officials from the US headed by the American Public Health Association President, Carmen Nevarez.
Dawn Davis joins Academic Travel Abroad to launch Professionals Abroad. Her arrival adds over 20 years of experience in professional exchange development to the ATA programs.