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- Do you want to contribute to improving intercultural communication and understanding?
- Do you believe that youth exchanges can foster international political and economic development?
- Do you want to learn about different cultures and countries through the eyes of their young people?
- Do you want to help provide opportunities for American students to immerse themselves in critical languages?
Become a Volunteer Evaluator in Washington, D.C.
American Councils seeks volunteers living in the D.C. metro area to evaluate scholarship applications of high school students from 23 countries. Evaluation of applications will take place in our office from November 2015 through March 2016. Volunteers must participate in a 1.5-day training session; subsequently, hours are flexible.
Youth exchange has been recognized as an important component of U.S. public diplomacy and foreign policy. The U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of State have created programs to promote mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries, including:
- The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program: initiated in 1992 to create closer relations with the successor nations of the former Soviet Union, and in 2015 will expand to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and Serbia.
- Modeled on FLEX, the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program: seeks to advance understanding between the U.S. and 40 countries with significant Muslim populations.
- For Americans going abroad, American Councils administers the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), which offers short- and long-term scholarship programs to study Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish in countries where these languages are spoken
These programs provide high school students the opportunity to study in the U.S. or abroad for an academic year or summer and live with a host family. Today over 24,000 students have participated in FLEX and YES, and over 4,000 U.S. teens have studied abroad on NSLI-Y scholarships.
For more information, please contact us.