2017 TechGirls Program (Deadline to apply: February 18, 2017)

Jordanian Secondary School female students are invited to apply for this year’s TechGirls program. In summer 2017, approximately 28 teenage girls from select countries in the Middle East and North Africa will travel to the United States for a four-week, intensive exchange focused on promoting the high-level study of technology.  The centerpiece of the exchange will be a weeklong technology camp with American peers at American University in Washington, D.C.  The camp will be complemented by site visits, leadership workshops, community service opportunities, job shadowing, and intercultural collaboration.  Participants will create action plans for community-based projects to implement upon their return to their home communities.

The substantive U.S.-based exchange for TechGirls participants will take place July 11 – August 3, 2017.  The academic component of the exchange will be a weeklong technology camp on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic University (“Virginia Tech”) that will provide participants with an overview and examination of technology-related topics and engage them in in-depth, hands-on instruction in areas of specific interest.  Through interactive activities, participants will work towards the development of a tangible product(s) that they may design together in small teams or individually, depending on participant interests and preferences.  The camp will be complemented by additional activities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and Southwest Virginia, such as mentoring experiences, job shadowing, site visits to technology companies, community service activities, cultural and recreational activities, and a weekend homestay.  The program will conclude with a visit to the State Department to allow participants to debrief State representatives on their exchange experiences and individual or team projects.
Eligibility Requirements:

To apply for this program you must:

  • Be a Jordanian citizen;
  • Be Female, between the ages of 15 and 17;
  • Have advanced skills and a serious interest in technology, engineering, and/or math in your academic studies;
  • Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in technology;
  • Have strong English language skills;
  • Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
  • Have at least one additional semester of secondary school upon your return to Jordan; and
  • Be willing to complete a follow-on project upon their return home.

Please fill out the application form as completely as possible. The information you provide on this application will provide the basis for selecting semi-finalists for this program. Answer the questions carefully and completely. Applications can be e-mailed to AmmanExchanges@gmail.com no later than February 18, 2017
For further information about the program; please email us at Ammanexchanges@gmail.gov