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

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.

Youth Ambassadors Program for Argentina and Chile

WorldDenver partnered with World Learning to administer the 2018 Youth Ambassadors Program with Argentina and Chile. Through Youth Ambassadors, youth from Argentina and Chile, ages 15-18, gain the knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities, and get to know the United States and their home countries, as well as the members of their own group of ethnically, religiously, and nationally diverse participants. Youth Ambassadors addresses three primary areas for the students: civic participation, appreciation of multi-ethnic diversity, and youth leadership. In addition, for the adult participants, it addresses adult leadership and mentoring. In March and April 2018, WorldDenver hosted 15 participants.


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 Manager, Gergana:

[email protected]