American Councils seeks U.S. based volunteers to evaluate scholarship applications of high school students from more than 60 countries.
Youth exchange programs empower the next generation and establish long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries, promoting mutual understanding. Over the past decades, the U.S. Congress and Department of State have created youth exchanges as an important component of U.S. public diplomacy and foreign policy:
The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program: initiated in 1992 to ensure long-lasting peace and mutual understanding between the U.S. and the countries of Eurasia and to enable young people to learn about the U.S. and Americans firsthand, and to teach Americans about their countries.
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program: established by Congress in October 2002 in response to the events of September 11, 2001 to bring students from countries of strategic importance to the United States for an academic year to advance the U.S. foreign policy goals of promoting civil society, youth leadership development, and lasting ties between Americans and the people of participating countries.
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program: launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth and offers U.S. teens short- and long-term scholarship programs to study Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Indonesian, Russian, and Turkish in countries where these languages are spoken.
These programs provide high school students with the opportunity to travel to the U.S. or abroad for an academic year or summer and study and live with a host family. To date over 35,000 students have participated in FLEX and YES, and over 7,500 U.S. students have received NSLI-Y scholarships to study abroad.
Volunteers must live in the U.S. and are required to participate in a 1-day virtual training session to provide a better understanding of the programs and application process and prepare them to evaluate student applications. Subsequently, hours are flexible and evaluation of applications will take place virtually. The evaluation period runs from November 2020 through March 2021. Applicants are able to apply for a volunteer position anytime during the evaluation period.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About American Councils for International Education
1828 L STREET NW, Suite 1200, WASHINGTON, DC 20036, US
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.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
October 27, 2020
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
Time commitment is flexible based on the volunteer's availability and depending on the number of applications you are able to evaluate over the course of a week.
Please note that we can only extend this opportunity to those currently residing in the US at this time