American Youth Leadership Program

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The American Youth Leadership Program is a leadership training exchange program for U.S. high school students and adult mentors. Participants travel abroad to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to examine globally significant issues, such as the environment and climate change, food security and nutrition, the role of the media, and science and technology. Programs involve homestays with local families, language lessons, leadership training, and community service opportunities. Participants implement a follow-on project in their communities once they return home.

Program Length

3-4 weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

All youth participants must:

  • Be American high school students;
  • Be between the ages of 15-17, and;
  • Have at least one semester of school remaining after program participation.

Though each program will its own application requirements, at a minimum you can expect to fill out an application with your personal information, write one or more essays, and submit letters of recommendation.

Country-Specific Information

Contact Volunteers in Asia for complete eligibility and application details. 

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