High School Students: Apply for Leadership Exchange Programs and Expand Your Horizons!

Do you want to increase  youth understanding of international issues and global cultures? Want to expand your leadership skills and learn how to take action in your community? Want to make connections that last a lifetime? Applications for two exciting leadership exchange opportunities are now open for high school students:


The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) is a four-week U.S. based program bringing together 12 US and 27 Iraqi high school students.  Participants develop great friendships as well as cross-cultural communication competency, leadership skills, time management, project creation and implementation, and much more. The program starts in Vermont, with the U.S. students arriving first, then joined by the Iraqi participants. Here, participants will build community and break barriers through dialogue, teambuilding, and workshops. Smaller groups of Iraqi and U.S. students will then travel to a different city in the USA for a two-week host community stay. While in that city, the group will look at youth engagement in each city and see the program themes in action. Pairs of U.S. and Iraqi students will stay in a host family during the host community stay. Finally, the program ends with a week in Washington D.C. where each participant will create a project and plan it from start to finish, all while seeing the capital of the U.S.A. and learning about civic action and diplomacy.

Cost: FREE

When: July- August 2019

Application Deadline: January 15th, 2019

Visit the IYLEP website to learn more and to apply, and please email all questions to iylep@worldlearning.org.


The U.S. Youth Ambassadors (USYA) Program is a 3-week leadership exchange abroad for U.S. teenagers ages 15-17 and adult mentors. The program provides full scholarships for 120 students and adult mentors to take part in one of five exchange programs to countries in South America and the Caribbean. The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in the United States who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to their communities, an awareness of current and global issues, and strong interpersonal leadership skills. Participants will focus on program themes of civic education, leadership, and community service through the following activities: site meetings, experiential learning activities, leadership trainings, civic participation at the community level, mentoring by community, business, and NGO leaders, and volunteering. Additionally, participants will explore their host country via various 'subthemes' such as social justice, environmental protection, entrepreneurship, multiculturalism, and civic activism. Single and multi-country exchanges available for 2019: Argentina & Chile; Brazil; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; and Paraguay. The U.S. Youth Ambassadors application will be  open until November 27, 2018. For any questions or inquires, email youthambassadors@worldlearning.org. Visit the Youth Ambassadors website to learn more or to apply.

IYLEP and Youth Ambassadors are funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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