- Volunteer Opportunity posted by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L Street NW
Make a Difference Today!
Help to Select Scholarship Exchange Students for the FLEX, YES, and NSLI-Y Programs
“I believe this work is vital for our globalized world.”
-American Councils Volunteer Evaluator
American Councils for International Education is seeking volunteers in the Washington, D.C. area to review applications of high school students applying to State Department-sponsored youth exchange programs. This is a great opportunity to change a young person’s life, be part of a worldwide public diplomacy effort, and support programs that advance U.S. foreign policy priorities.
Students on the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programs spend one year living with American families and attending U.S. high schools throughout the United States, and gain valuable community service and leadership skills that they take back to their home communities. American students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program study critical languages overseas. The FLEX, YES and NSLI-Y programs are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and American Councils for International Education administers the recruitment and selection of students.
FLEX participants are from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine; YES participants are from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Senegal. Many of the over 36,000 FLEX and YES alumni and 5,600 NSLI-Y alumni have gone on to become successful professionals including entrepreneurs, journalists, and leaders in their national governments.
We welcome you to join the team of over 260 volunteers, some of whom 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 participate in this rewarding process, contact Alfred Yannucci at American Councils by phone (202-833-7522, ext. 196) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When and Where: Evaluation takes place at the American Councils office near Farragut North effective immediately through March 2018. Hours are flexible, and include evening and Saturdays.
Required Training: Volunteers are required to attend a 1½ day training session.
Weekly topical lecture series and other cultural events
Meals and snacks
Experienced support staff with regional experience
Opportunity to meet other professionals involved in international education, exchange, and public diplomacy