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ORGANIZATION: American Councils for International Education

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American Councils seeks US-based volunteers to evaluate scholarship applications of high school students from 29 countries. This is a unique opportunity to change a young person’s life and be part of a worldwide public diplomacy effort.

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.
  • FLEX Abroad and YES Abroad: offer U.S. high school students scholarships to participate in an academic year cultural exchange in a participating FLEX or YES country, the reciprocal to the FLEX and YES Programs.

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. By volunteering to evaluate these student applications, you will help select the next generation of future leaders in these countries. Many of the over 54,000 FLEX, YES, and NSLI-Y alumni have gone on to become successful professionals in their home communities. Alumni of these programs include entrepreneurs, journalists, financial sector leaders, technology leaders, public policy makers, and leaders in their national governments.

Volunteers are required to attend a 6-hour virtual training session to provide a better understanding of the programs and application process and prepare them to evaluate student applications.

Just as the FLEX, YES and NSLI-Y programs are accessible to and include students with disabilities, American Councils also welcomes volunteers with all abilities. If you have any questions about accommodations for volunteer evaluators, please contact volunteer@americancouncils.org .

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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.


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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • General Education
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Child Development


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers may contribute as many hours as they would like, with no minimum time commitment required. Some volunteers contribute a few hours once every or every other week. Others read several days every week.
  • Volunteers must be based in the US. Volunteers are required to attend a training workshop. Evaluation takes place online from Oct 2024 to Mar 2025. For those located in DMV area, evaluations also may be done in-person in the American Councils offices

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