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]

Are you interested in a YA Exchange?

We offer opportunities for U.S. Citizens interested in going abroad and for international applicants interested in coming to the U.S.


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Program application deadlines vary by country.

Brief Youth Ambassadors program model descriptions can be found below. Please click the “See Open Programs and Apply” button in the right corner to access the application platform and view open applications.

A Youth Ambassadors Travel Program is a traditional international exchange to the United States. Ten to Twenty-day, single, and multi-country exchanges take place at various times of the year; exact dates will vary by exchange country. Through a travel program, Youth Ambassadors will engage in experiential learning activities, leadership trainings, civic participation at the community level, and mentoring by community, business, and NGO leaders. Inbound Youth Ambassadors will also learn about United States culture through host community site visits and programming.

A Youth Ambassadors Hybrid Program is a domestic program taking place within the participants’ home country. The program contains both virtual and domestic travel components including synchronous and asynchronous activities, experiential learning activities, leadership training, civic participation at the community level, and an intercultural learning component.

A Youth Ambassadors Virtual Program takes place fully online. Youth Ambassadors participants connect virtually for synchronous and asynchronous online activities over the course of four to eight weeks. Virtual programming includes full group workshops based on program themes, social hours hosted by Youth Ambassadors Program Alumni, and small discussion groups. The time commitment for virtual Youth Ambassadors is between 6-12 hours per week. A computer, laptop, or tablet, and internet access are required for the duration of the virtual program.

The Youth Ambassadors Program encourages all qualified individuals to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status.

The World Learning Youth Program Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy and Procedures are linked here.

Please Note: You must be a citizen and resident of the program country you apply to.

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How to Apply

Please go to our apply page here to see our open programs and apply. If you have any questions about how to apply, please contact the admissions team at [email protected].

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Admissions Office at [email protected] or at 1-877-591-9626 inside the U.S. or at 1-802-258-3485 outside the U.S.

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Enrolled Youth Ambassadors participants and parents of participants under the age of 18 are required to sign World Learning’s Conditions of Participation, which includes acknowledgment of our Online & Social Media Policy, and our Sexual Misconduct & Harassment Policies and Procedures.