This page is composed of five parts: (1) ways to support Learning Life generally, then ways to help with our three communities: (2) the DMV Democracy Learning Community, (3) the Family Diplomacy Initiative, and (4) Citizen Diplomacy International, then (5) recognition of Learning Life’s organizational partners, past and present.   

I Like Learning Life1) Follow/Like Learning Life

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3) Donate to Learning Life

Help Learning Life grow by making a tax-deductible donation of $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or whatever you can afford, today.  Donate online today by credit card or bank transfer here.

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4) Join the Democracy & Diplomacy Community

The Democracy & Diplomacy Community or DDC is the overarching community giving you access to all three of our communities.  The DDC supports Learning Life’s work advancing democracy and diplomacy, and enables you to learn, network, and share your own work.   

5) Intern with Learning Life

Throughout the year, Learning Life accepts resumes from high school, college and graduate students worldwide interested in interning with us remotely. Interns help with training, communications, outreach, research, writing, design, and more, and in so doing, gain experience in grassroots democracy, diplomacy and education innovation.  To learn more about interning, click here

6) Serve on one of Learning Life’s Boards

Learning Life has a Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, and an Advisory Council.  If you have substantial work experience in management, fundraising, finance, accounting, communications, marketing, strategy, democracy, diplomacy, international or informal education, and/or building learning communities, click on the links to learn more about serving on one of our boards.  


The DLC is a growing association of individuals and organizations in the Washington DC or DC-MD-VA (DMV) area working to make democracy more fun and inclusive by connecting professionals, publics and policymakers via social events, products, services and spaces that nurture fun, learning, networking, collaboration and wider, deeper citizen participation. Learn more here

(1) Join the DLC Linkedin Group

The DLC Linkedin Group allows you to connect with others interested in protecting and advancing democracy in the Washington DC area, and share your related calls to action, publications, events, news, programs, projects to a wider audience.

(2) Take Part & Share Your Thoughts about the DLC

Live in the DC area and care about democracy?  Our brief DLC Survey allows you to share your opinions and ideas for building a Democracy Learning Community in metro DC.  Take the DLC Survey here.  If you’d like to be involved in the DMV Democracy Festival (DemFest), click here.  If you would like to simply attend DemFest in October, and get updates, click here to RSVP.  

(3) Participate in a Democracy Dinner  

Our Democracy Dinners gather DC area professionals and students working or volunteering in democracy-related fields in-person to discuss the challenges and opportunities for democracy with an eye to building the DLC in metro DC. To get on the Dinners invitation list, contact us at with your preferred email address, plus your resume, Linkedin profile page, or personal website.

(4) Sponsor the DLC 

For as little as $250 for individuals, and $1,000 for organizations, you can sponsor the activities and growth of the DLC.  Learn more here.  

(5) Volunteer as a Democracy Festival Liaison

Our DemFest Liaisons (DFLs) volunteer about 4 hours per week to engage their organization(s), school(s) and/or communities in the DMV Democracy Festival.  Learn more about the DFL role here.   


FDI is an ambitious, long-term, grassroots effort to connect, train and empower a growing international corps of volunteer family diplomats (FDs) to advocate for families and a more caring world at local to global levels. Learn more here.

(1) Join FDI on Facebook

Our FDI Facebook Group connects you with thousands of people worldwide who care about family, and provides FDI news plus information of interest about family life worldwide.  Check it out and join here

(2) Get Training in Family Diplomacy

Family Diplomat (FD) trainees are volunteers worldwide Learning Life connects online and trains in citizen diplomacy, family patterns and trends, and advocacy skills with an eye to building an international FD corps to advocate effectively for the needs, concerns and aspirations of families via nonprofits, businesses, media and governments. Learn more about the training here

(3) Sponsor a Family Diplomat (FD) Trainee

Sponsors support the training of our FDs, most of whom cannot afford to pay for their training.  Learn more about sponsoring here, and meet some of our Family Diplomats here

(4) Host a Diplomacy Dessert

Diplomacy Dessert hosts volunteer to invite their friends, family and/or colleagues to their home on a weekend afternoon for 2-3 hours to learn about and discuss Learning Life’s Family Diplomacy Initiative with founder, Paul Lachelier, online or in-person in the Washington DC area.  Learn more here.


CDI gathers diplomacy scholars, students, professionals, and volunteers every three months online via Zoom for 1.5 hours to share news and presentations on CD research and practice, local to global, with an eye to building a vibrant global CD sector for a more participatory, equitable and sustainable world.  Learn more here.

(1) Attend CDI Meetings

Anyone worldwide can subscribe to CDI via email to learn, network, and/or present CD research or programs.  Subscribers get email notice of CDI meetings as well as access to our quarterly CDI Bulletin, a growing bibliography of CD-related media (books, journal and news articles, reports, videos, podcasts), and lists of diplomacy and CD experts, journalists and organizations.  To subscribe, simply send a blank email message to

(2) Present at a CDI Meeting

Scholars, students and practitioners of CD worldwide can present at a CDI quarterly meeting.  Learn more here.

(3) Teachers: Connect Your Students

Students worldwide can attend, take active part in discussions, and in some circumstances can present at CDI meetings, plus access our growing CD bibliography and network.  Learn more at our CDI page, under “For Teachers & Students.” 

(4) Connect with CDI on Facebook and Linkedin 

CDI’s Facebook group and Linkedin group allow you to network, learn and share CD-related articles, books, events, programs, funding, requests for collaborators, etc.

(5) Sponsor CDI

Want to help build a vibrant global citizen diplomacy sector?  Sponsor CDI’s work to network and inform citizen diplomacy scholars, students, practitioners and interested observers.  Learn more here.

Whatever way(s) you decide to help Learning Life above, thank you for your support!

Our Organizational Partners

Learning Life depends on individual donors and organizational partners to make our work possible.  We thank the following past and present organizational partners with whom we have worked or continue to work.  For more information about partnering with Learning Life, click here.

Allied Telecom Group
BB&T Bank
Collectif pour la Promotion des Groupes Vulnérables (Senegal)
Columbia University Center for Career Education
Community Colleges for International Development
CyberPeace Institute
DC International Student House
DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative
Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College
FUSALMO (El Salvador)
Georgetown University Medical Center’s Community Health Division
#ListenFirst Coalition

Marymount University-Political Science Department
Open Gov Hub
Public Diplomacy Council of America
University of California-Washington Center

“Being a part of Learning Life connects me with people all around the world. I love the opportunity to be friends with people beyond my physical reach and to learn about their lives, their knowledge and their experiences.” -Haydee Lopez, USA

Learning Life provides equal opportunities to all volunteers, interns and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in according with applicable federal, state and local laws.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of volunteering and interning, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.