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American Councils for International Education


American Councils for International Education seeks volunteers in the Washington, D.C. area to evaluate applications of high school students applying to State Department-sponsored scholarship youth exchange programs. This is a unique opportunity to change a young person’s life and be part of a worldwide public diplomacy effort.

Students on the Future Leaders Exchange ( FLEX) and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study ( YES) programs spend one year living in the U.S. with volunteer host families and attending high schools. Both programs are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs ( ECA); American Councils for International Education administers the recruitment and selection of students. To date, these enduring programs number over 38,000 alumni..

FLEX participants are selected from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. YES students selected by American Councils are from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Senegal.

Our volunteers call this "The best run volunteer program I have ever experienced," and believe that "The only way to promote peace is to understand that people are not so different regardless of their cultures; the best way to show this is to immerse yourself in a culture, so I feel that assisting in this process is well worth my time."

To see available training dates and participate in this rewarding process, sign up here, or contact Ermida Koduah at American Councils by phone (202-833-7522) or email ( volunteer@americancouncils.org) for more information.

When and Where: Evaluation takes place at the American Councils office near Farragut North from November 2019 - March 2020. Hours are flexible, and include evening and Saturdays.

Required Training: Volunteers are required to attend a 1½ day training session to learn to evaluate the applications in accordance with established criteria and rubric. Subsequently volunteers can commit as much time as they like.


  • Weekly topical lecture series and other cultural events
  • Meals and snacks
  • Experienced support staff with regional experience
  • Reimbursement of certain travel expenses
  • Opportunity to meet others involved in international education, exchange, and public diplomacy

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About American Councils for International Education


1828 L STREET NW, Suite 1200, WASHINGTON, DC 20036, US

Mission Statement

A leader in international education, academic exchange, and overseas language immersion, American Councils creates opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.


American Councils for International Education is a premier, international nonprofit creating educational opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an interconnected and increasingly interdependent world.

Through academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, and educational development programs, American Councils designs and administers innovative programs that broaden individual perspectives, increase knowledge, and deepen understanding. After being immersed in other countries and cultures, our participants become culturally aware citizens of the world, contributing to mutual understanding and successful international collaboration.

From developing the first exchanges of Eurasian and American students and teachers in the 70s - to current initiatives supporting collaborative education between the U.S., Middle East, South America, Asia, and Africa - American Councils facilitates overseas experiences that create informed and empowered global citizens. Since 1974, American Councils has responded to the needs of the communities where we work with hundreds of robust, international education programs that include academic exchanges, language immersion, testing and assessment, professional training, community development, and scholarly research.


Tue Nov 05, 2019 - Sun Mar 22, 2020
09:00 AM - 08:00 PM  


1828 L Street NWSuite 1200Washington, DC 20036



  • Cross-cultural Communication




  • Must be at least 20
  • Flexible schedule and hours
  • Good for those with an Interest in public diplomacy and international relations

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