DURATION: 09/01/2011 - 04/30/2025
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
PARTNER: Amigos de las Americas, Georgetown University, CIED
CONTACT[email protected]

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Are you interested in a YA exchange in the U.S.?

The Youth Ambassadors Program aims to develop a cadre of young adults from across countries in the Americas who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to their communities, an awareness of current and global issues, and strong interpersonal leadership skills. The program aims to promote mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between people in the United States and other countries of the Western Hemisphere.

Apply to the Youth Ambassadors Program for an opportunity to travel to the United States from the following countries. Country offerings and exchange dates are subject to change in consultation with the U.S. Department of State. Below is a list of programs for international applicants and their approximate program exchange dates.

  • Argentina & Chile – March
  • Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras & Panama– March/April
  • Bolivia & Peru – October/November
  • Brazil – January
  • Canada – July/August
  • Caribbean: Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Grenada, Guyana, Suriname, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago – August
  • Colombia & Ecuador – September
  • Dominican Republic, Guatemala & Nicaragua – March/April (Spanish)
  • Haiti – November (French)
  • Paraguay – January/February
  • Uruguay – Not accepting applications at this time

Eligibility Requirements (Some requirements vary by program

All Youth Participants must:

  • Be high school students between 15 and 18 years old (at the start of the exchange);
  • Have at least one semester of school remaining after program participation;
  • Be citizens and residents of the country they are representing on the exchange;
  • Demonstrate leadership aptitude and an interest in community service and in the program theme;
  • Exhibit flexibility, maturity, integrity, good social skills, and open-mindedness;
  • Have the motivation necessary to be active and successful exchange participants; and
  • Have sufficient proficiency in the language of the exchange (English, Spanish, or French) to participate fully in all exchange activities.

All Adult Educator Participants must:

  • Be teachers or community leaders who work with youth;
  • Be citizens and residents of the country they are representing on the exchange;
  • Demonstrate an interest in assisting youth to become productive and responsible members of society;
  • Exhibit maturity and open-mindedness;
  • Be supportive of the teenage participants;
  • Have sufficient proficiency in the language of the exchange (English, Spanish, or French) to participate fully in all exchange activities; and
  • Be willing and able to meet periodically with selected program participants during the academic year, following the exchange, to support and monitor their follow-on work

Program application deadlines vary by country, please check this page for more information. If you don’t see an application link for your country, the application is currently closed. If you would like to be added to a mailing list notifying when the applications open, please click on the “Request Information” button and complete your information.

You must be a citizen and resident of the program you apply to.

We are accepting applications noted below for the 2024 Cycle. Please check for additional upcoming application periods:

Participating countries include: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Application Process

World Learning encourages all qualified individuals to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. IMPORTANT: All applications are due by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time in the USA) on the designated application deadline. Please make sure that you calculate what time that is in your time zone.”

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