The Youth Ambassadors Program is a 3-week leadership exchange program for high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Western Hemisphere. The program provides full scholarships for participants to take part in cultural and educational programming focused on a variety of themes specific to the different countries. Youth Ambassadors is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is administered by World Learning. Exchanges are implemented by World Learning, Amigos de las Americas and Georgetown University CIED.
The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults throughout 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 region.
Participating countries include: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, the Bahamas, Belize, 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.
We are currently accepting applications to the following programs for the 2020 Cycle:The application period is listed below for each program, specific exchange dates are included in the program descriptions upon entering the application portal.
Inbound (To the United States) - You must be a citizen and resident of the program you apply to:
Canada: February 3 - March 27, 2020
Colombia: March 9 - March 30, 2020
Ecuador:March 22 – April 24, 2020
Bolivia: April 1 – May 6, 2020
Peru: April 1 – May 6, 2020
World Learning encourages all qualified individuals to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. All applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on the designated application deadline.
To apply, click on the “New User” link. If you have already registered and are returning to complete your application, use your login credentials to return to your application in progress. Please also take a minute to read our Frequently Asked Questions. To learn more about the Youth Ambassadors Program please visit our website. Please note the application is not accessible through mobile phones. You must access the application via a computer.