Youth Exchanges

WorldDenver is the local host organization for a variety of youth delegations throughout the year. These young international visitors engage with leaders, and experts in a particular field in order to gain valuable perspectives and build important skill sets while staying with a host family* and interacting with local peers in Denver. These programs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and other clients.

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Past Professional and Youth Exchanges


Upcoming Youth Programs

YOUTH AMBASSADORS: Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

January 28-February 10, 2020 (16 high school participants and 2 adult mentors)

The Youth Ambassadors Program (https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/youth-ambassadors) is a cultural exchange designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States. It builds bonds of friendship and understanding between people of the Americas and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current & global issues, and strong interpersonal leadership skills. Activities foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups; with the goal of promoting mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between the United States and our Western Hemisphere counterparts.

During the three-week exchanges, youth and adult mentor participants engage in workshops, meetings with community leaders, community service activities, interactive trainings, cultural presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays with host families, civic education programming, and more. Program themes of social entrepreneurship, environmental protection, and community development, enhance skills and knowledge and prepare participants for a lifetime of leadership and community service. The exchange agendas include ample time for face-to-face interaction and dialogue which build strong people-to-people connections.

To meet with the group or get involved with homestay hosting, please email Megan at [email protected]


Homestays

WorldDenver matches young international visitors with people in the community who have volunteered to serve as homestay hosts. Homestays are an essential part of several programs offered by WorldDenver because they allow visitors to become more deeply immersed in American culture and our way of life. They are also a unique opportunity for hosts to learn from, and form a long-lasting connection with, an individual from a different country without ever leaving Denver!

For more information, visit our Homestay Page or submit an application here.

If you are interested in hosting a future youth delegation, please contact our Program Coordinator, Megan:

[email protected]
720-330-9293


Past Youth Programs

Youth Ambassadors Program

WorldDenver partnered with World Learning to administer the two of the 2019 Youth Ambassadors Programs (https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/youth-ambassadors). The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current & global issues, and strong interpersonal leadership skills. Activities foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups; with the goal of promoting mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between the United States and our Western Hemisphere counterparts.

In March 2019, WorldDenver hosted 13 high school students and two adult mentors from Argentina and Chile . The sub theme for this Youth Ambassador cohort was Multiculturalism and Civic Activism and the student ambassadors visited one local high school, completed two volunteer activities, and participated in thirteen workshops with local community partners. 

In October 2019, WorldDenver hosted 12 high school students from France. The sub theme for this Youth Ambassador cohort was Community Service and the student ambassadors visited two local high schools, completed one volunteer activity, and participated in nine workshops with local community partners. 

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for high school students and adult mentors is a program sponsored and funded by the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad and U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division. Through IYLEP, participants can develop skills in leadership and civic engagement through workshops as well as build mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the U.S. through homestays. In July 2018, WorldDenver hosted a dozen high school students to participate in the program.

For a summary on the activities of the July 2018 IYLEP delegation, click here.