Join the Youth Ambassadors Experience!
The Youth Ambassadors Program is a 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 2022 Cycle:
United States Youth Ambassadors (To Countries in the Caribbean & South America)
2021 Program Model: To Be Determined
Application opens: October 25, 2021
Priority Admissions Deadline: November 15, 2021
Application closes: December 6, 2021
You must be a citizen and resident of the program you apply to. The application period is listed below for each program, specific exchange dates are included in the program descriptions upon entering the application portal.
Inbound (Western Hemisphere Countries to the United States):
Please Note: You must be a citizen and resident of the program country you apply to.
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 is your time zone.
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. Once you are logged in, select the program you would like to apply to from program listing and select your application type (Student or Adult Mentor). Click on the begin application link to access your program's application. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of this program?
I go to school/work. How can I take off three weeks?
What do I need to apply?
Can siblings apply to the Youth Ambassadors Program?
What if I am not accepted to the Youth Ambassadors Program this year; can I apply again next year?
Who should I contact if I have any questions about the application or program?
What are the criteria for selection?
Are there language requirements for the exchange?
Will I receive confirmation that my application has been received? When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
Important note for all applicants:
World Learning and our partners at the U.S. Department of State, ECA continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the Youth Ambassadors Program and the travel industry. As such, we are currently reviewing the 2022 program portfolio to confirm how programs will be offered. Given the changing nature of the pandemic, programs may need to pivot to hybrid (in-country) or virtual exchanges. Impacted programs, with open or upcoming applications, have been noted on the "Apply Now" page.
2020 and 2021 Virtual Youth Ambassadors Program participants are eligible to reapply to the Youth Ambassadors Program in the future to experience the traditional three-week U.S. exchange program if all eligibility requirements are still met.