Reader FLEX and YES scholarship applications
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
A few hours per week
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
1828 L Street Northwest
District of Columbia
American Councils for International Education seeks volunteers in the Washington, D.C. area to evaluate applications of high school students applying to State Department-sponsored scholarship youth exchange programs. This is a unique opportunity to change a young person’s life and be part of a worldwide public diplomacy effort.
Students on the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programs spend one year living in the U.S. with volunteer host families and attending high schools. Both programs are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA); American Councils for International Education administers the recruitment and selection of students. To date, these enduring programs number over 38,000 alumni..
FLEX participants are selected from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. YES students selected by American Councils are from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Senegal.
Our volunteers call this “The best run volunteer program I have ever experienced,” and believe that “The only way to promote peace is to understand that people are not so different regardless of their cultures; the best way to show this is to immerse yourself in a culture, so I feel that assisting in this process is well worth my time.”
To see available training dates and participate in this rewarding process, sign up here, or contact Ermida Koduah at American Councils by phone (202-833-7522, ext. 224) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
When and Where: Evaluation takes place at the American Councils office near Farragut North from November 2018 - March 2019. Hours are flexible, and include evening and Saturdays.
Required Training: Volunteers are required to attend a 1½ day training session to learn to evaluate the applications in accordance with established criteria and rubric. Subsequently volunteers can commit as much time as they like.
· Weekly topical lecture series and other cultural events
· Meals and snacks
· Experienced support staff with regional experience
· Reimbursement of certain travel expenses
· Opportunity to meet others involved in international education, exchange, and public diplomacy
- Training Provided