Make a difference. Volunteer in DC!


American Councils seeks volunteers in the DC metro area to evaluate scholarship applications of high school students from 27 countries, including the United States. 

Volunteer evaluators support youth exchange programs, which empower the next generation of global citizens and establish long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries. To volunteer, you must participate in a 1.5-day training session. Subsequently, hours are flexible. (Plus, there's free lunch for you, every day!) 

Our next group of volunteers will serve between November 2019 and March 2020.

Volunteers evaluate applications from prospective students in the following youth exchange programs, which are sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs:

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX): Initiated in 1992 to create closer relations with the successor nations of the former Soviet Union.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES): Developed to improve understanding between the US and the Muslim world.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y): Offers US teens scholarships to study Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, and Turkish in overseas immersion programs.

All programs offer merit-based scholarships that foster mutual understanding, develop leadership skills, and promote community service and civic responsibility. They provide high school students with the opportunity to travel to the US or abroad for a summer or an academic year to study and live with a local host family. To date, more than 38,000 students have participated in FLEX and YES, and more than 6,000 US students have received NSLI-Y scholarships to study abroad.

Please fill out the contact form below or call 202-833-7522 for more information.