Exchange Programs

Every year, the Embassy of the United States offers Jordanians the opportunity to engage in first-hand cultural exchange with their American peers through its diverse educational and cultural exchange programs.

The U.S. Embassy in Amman strives to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Jordanian. This mission, implemented by US embassies around the world, is overseen within the Department of State by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Educational and cultural exchange programs are offered both to students and professionals. They range from short visit programs not exceeding one week to long-term postgraduate studies. These programs may be directly administered by the Embassy or are run by American cultural organizations with offices in Jordan. Not all programs are administered on an annual basis, and the U.S. Embassy will share information when available.

Note: Employees of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. government, and their immediate family members are not eligible for exchange opportunities.

April 28 – May 19, 2015
Application Deadline December 29th, 2014

The program is a dynamic public-private partnership which offers a significant opportunity for emerging international women leaders to be mentored by top U.S. women executives, and develop their management and business skills while gaining experience in the U.S. business and non-profit environment. Each participant will have the opportunity to shadow senior executives in their mentoring company and engage in activities specifically designed by the company to meet the needs and interests of the participant. Participants will be fully funded by the Department of State and Fortune 500.

International Leadership Visitor Program (IVLP): The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship professional exchange program. More than 290 current and former Chiefs of State and Heads of Government around the world, thousands of cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished leaders from the private and public sectors have participated since the program’s inception in 1940.

These visits reflect the visitors’ professional interests in key fields such as politics, government, media, arts, business, and education.  The IVLP consists of a variety of programs that last for up to three weeks. There is no application for this program.  International Visitors are selected and nominated annually by American Foreign Service Officers at U.S. Embassies around the world. More can be found on the International Visitor Leadership Program web page.

The ACYPL Professional Fellows Program is a United States Department of State-funded exchange designed to strengthen the knowledge, leadership capacity, and professional skills of political and policy professionals who are in a position to effect positive change in their institutions and communities. It is a two-way exchange program, each year alternating between a Jordanian and an American delegation visiting the other’s country.

Delegations are made up of young political leaders, ages 25 to 40 appointed or elected officials, staffers, and/or political party members, local municipal council members, elected union members and civil society leaders. The ideal candidates should have sufficient experience in their professional field to carry on a substantive discussion with their American counterparts, and also ample years remaining in their career to allow the Embassy to maintain contact for an extensive time period.

The program selections are made from April through June and the program takes place in September.

More information can be found in the American Council of Young Political Leaders web page.

provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. TEA consists of a six‐week non‐degree, non‐credit customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology.

Teaching Excellence & Achievement  (TEA) Program 2018

Deadline to apply is: February 10, 2018.

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) provides outstanding secondary school teachers of English, social studies, math and science with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States.

Teachers come to the United States from all world regions for a six-week academic program at a U.S. university graduate school of education, including intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for their home environment, teacher leadership, and the use of instructional technologies. The program also includes field experience at a secondary school to engage participants with American teachers and students.

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current secondary school-level*, full-time teachers in an institution serving primarily a local population;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience as a teacher of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies, including special education teachers in those subject areas;
  • Be citizens of and residents in Jordan;
  • Earn a minimum score of 450 on the paper based TOEFL or an equivalent English language examination**;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

*A limited number of participants with TOEFL scores between 425 and 450, or equivalent, will be accepted for the program into a special cohort with additional English language training included in the professional development program.

* Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers working with students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age. Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time in order to be eligible for the program.

Former participants of TEA, the International Leaders in Education (ILEP) Program, Partners in Education (PiE), or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program are not eligible to apply. If you have participated in other U.S. government-funded professional development exchange programs, please talk to the U.S. Embassy in your country about your eligibility. Please note that preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in these programs or another exchange program.

To Apply: please fill out the application on the this website Online application by February 10,2018. Any application submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

 

Study of the U.S Institutes for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S society, culture, values, and institutions The ultimate goal of these Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

Study of the U.S Institutes for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June 2015 Each Institute includes a four week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour Posts and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.

Institute Themes:

  • The Institute on Contemporary American Literature
  • The Institute on Journalism and Media
  • The Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States
  • The Institute on U.S Culture and Society
  • The Institute on U.S Foreign Policy
  • The Institute on U.S Political Thought

 

Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2018.

Between the Lines (BTL) is a creative writing summer program that brings together young international writers (between 15 and 18 years of age) and young American writers for cultural exchange and enrichment. The Department of State is pleased to once again partner with the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program for the 2018 summer residency program from July 14-28, 2018. The backdrop of the University of Iowa, located in Iowa City – the only UNESCO Creative City of Literature in North America – serves as inspiration for the students to grow as writers and provides them with the opportunity to explore cross-cultural dialogues on creative writing and literature.

During this year’s program, “Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience,” young writers will participate in an exchange that will broaden and sharpen their writing skills, build bridges with their American and international counterparts, and deepen their understanding of American popular culture. Program activities will include English-language writing workshops, world literatures seminars, cultural visits, and other local events. At the culmination of the program, the students’ writings will be collected into a printed anthology to be used for educational purposes.

Extracurricular events and evening activities allow students to deepen their understanding of each other’s culture through their interactions with each other and with the larger community. During the exchange, participants live in a residence hall and will be supervised by live-in, trained counselors. The chaperone and counselors work together to help create a lively, supportive writing community. Travel, lodging and meals will be paid for by the Department of State.

More program information is available on the International Writing Program website at: https://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/between-the-lines .

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be 15-18 years old as of July 14, 2018
  • Be native Arabic speakers;
  • Proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Be comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics and interested in close interaction with other American, Russian, and Arabic-speaking writers.
  • Be committed to attending all sessions and creative writing workshops as part of the program;
  • Be passionate about writing!

Please send PART I and PART II of the application to AmmanExchanges@gmail.com. (You can include your answers for PART II in the body of the email that you send to us).

Part 1:  All writing samples must be sent in 12-point font and have one-inch margins all around.

  • A writing sample of 6-8 pages of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) and/or poetry in English. Critical essays will not be accepted.
  • A writing sample of no more than 3 pages in response to the following:

In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles—student, sibling, daughter, son, peer. We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country, and so many other groups, adjusting the way we speak or behave to fit the demands of each encounter. As we move through the day, we work through how and why we occupy each particular role. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member of (or seen as a member of) a particular group? In what way does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader?

  • A brief statement of purpose (no more than 250 words), written in English describing why writing is important to the applicant’s life, and what he/she hopes to learn at BTL.

Part 2

 

  • Participant information:
    • Full name (as it appears on your passport)
    • City and country of birth (as it appears on your passport)
    • Country of residency
    • Country of citizenship
    • Date of birth
    • Email address
  • You should also provide a brief answer to the question: “How did you hear about the Between the Lines program?”
  • Copy of passport. Note: Students without a passport are expected to apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the program.

 

Please e-mail all complete applications to:

 

AmmanExchanges@gmail.com  no later than February 28, 2018.

 

TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in technology sectors from the Middle East and North Africa together with their American counterparts for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading companies in the United States. TechWomen is managed by the Institute of International Education.

2018 TechWomen Eligibility Requirements

TechWomen brings women from 20 countries in Africa, Central and South Asia and the Middle East to San Francisco, California, for a professional mentorship and exchange program. The goal is to empower emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to reach their fullest potential, create social impact initiatives and inspire other girls and women in their communities.

Applicants must:

  • Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Please note that internships and other unpaid work experience does not count toward the two-year professional experience requirement.
  • Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent.
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Be citizens and permanent residents of Jordan at the time of application and while participating in the program.
  • Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
  • Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years.
  • Not hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident.

Deadline:

All applications must be submitted by January 17, 2018.  Applications received after this deadline will NOT be reviewed.

Online applications are available here:  https://www.techwomen.org/participants/eligibility-and-application

Applications now accepted for the academic year (2018-2019)

Deadline: December 31, 2017

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  It is a fully-funded scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at an assigned U.S. college or university. Participants are emerging leaders committed to their home communities.  During the Program, Global UGRAD participants challenge themselves to explore U.S. society, culture, and academic learning.  They also participate in community service and enhance their professional skills.

The application for participation in the 2018-19 academic cycle will be open November 1- December 31, 5:00pm EST. For application information and instructions, please visit www.worldlearning.org/ugrad.

 

Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. Applicants must be a citizen of the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program.
  2. Applicants must be studying in the country in which they apply for the Global UGRAD Program
  3. Scholarships will be granted to students who currently are enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only, having completed a minimum of their first semester of study. Participants must have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program.
  4. Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
  5. Applicants must demonstrate a command of written and spoken English.  The TOEFL exam will be required of those selected as finalists or alternates.
  6. Preference will be given to those who have had little or NO experience in the U.S. or outside of their home countries.
  7. Applicants must be committed to return directly to their home country after the completion of the program.
  8. Applicants are over 18 years of age.

 

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:

  1. S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  2. Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of their home country;
  3. Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  4. Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  5. Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.

Deadline:

 

All applications must be submitted by December 31, 2017.  Applications received after this deadline will NOT be reviewed.

Contact:

Online applications are available here:  Global UGRAD Application

For application information and instructions, please visit www.worldlearning.org/ugrad

Overview;

The Global UGRAD program is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding undergraduate students to study in the U.S. for one semester in a non-degree program.  Selected students will have the opportunity for in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic life by engaging in substantive courses, internship opportunities, and community service at U.S universities.

 

 

The Coca-Cola Company and the U.S. Department of State are partnering every year to sponsor 100 college students from across North Africa and the Middle East to attend a special Summer Entrepreneurship Program at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

2016 Coca-Cola Scholarship Program Deadline: March 15, 2016.

Youth Exchange and Study (YES) is a program that was established in 2002 to provide scholarships for high school students (14 years old) from a number of countries among which Jordan to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. Students live with host families, attend high school, and engage in activities to learn about American society and values. They also acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.

In Jordan, YES is administered by AMIDEAST.  View the program’s web page for more information.

TechGirls is a three-week international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue careers in science and technology.

The centerpiece of the program is a weeklong technology camp that provides participants with an in-depth examination of technology-related topics, such as Java programming and mobile application development, and engages the program participants in 45+ hours of hands-on instruction. The camp is complemented by additional activities such as site visits to technology companies, leadership clinics, community service opportunities, job shadowing, and cultural events. As part of the program follow-on, the TechGirls implement at least one peer training program or service project within their schools and/or communities.

The 2018 program will take place July 8-August 1, 2018 in Washington, DC and at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Students eligible to apply are those who:

-Are from one of the following eligible countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia;

-Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange;

-Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies;

-Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in technology;

-Have strong English language skills;

-Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;

-Will attend at least one additional semester of secondary school upon their return to their home country; and

-Are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return home.

-Preference will be given to those who have limited or no prior experience in the United States. You are not eligible if you have travelled to the United States in the last three years as part of any other ECA exchange program.

TechGirls encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.

The 2018 TechGirls application opened on April 9, 2018, and closes at 9:00 pm EST on April 25, 2018.

Apply online at http://legacyintl.org/techgirls/participants/eligibility-and-application/ by April 25, 2018 at 9:00 pm EST.

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The four week academic residency will provide students with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.  The program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the U.S., and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media will be discussed.  Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C.

2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement

Deadline to apply: December 2, 2017.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Amman is pleased to announce the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement.

OVERVIEW: The Study of the U.S. Branch has sponsored Student Leader Institutes since 2003.  This Institute is one of three Institutes on Civic Engagement offered in 2018.

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The four-week academic residency will provide students with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.  The program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the U.S., and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media will be discussed.  Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C.

Candidates should:

  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topic of Civic Engagement;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.

OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

FUNDING: Through the award given to Bard College, The U.S. Department of State will cover all participant costs, including: program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

HOUSING & MEALS: Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms.  Male participants will be housed on one floor and female participants on a separate floor.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

HEALTH: : All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS: Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S.

Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

To apply, please fill out the application form using the following link: Application Form Deadline to apply is: November 27, 2017.

For further information on the program, please do not hesitate to email us at: ammanexchanges@gmail.com.

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community.  The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

Pending availability of funds and final grant approval, the Institute on Women’s Leadership will begin with an opening conference in Washington, D.C., tentatively scheduled for July 1, 2015.  The one-day conference will bring together 80 SUSI student leaders and approximately 20 U.S. student ambassadors from the four Institutes on Women’s Leadership and will set the tone for the Institutes.  The women will have opportunities to network with one another and meet with inspiring U.S. women leaders representing various professional fields.

The four week academic residency will examine the history and participation of women in public life in the United States.  The Institutes will focus on two major areas: developing participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities; and, placing these abilities in the context of the history and participation of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society.  The program will also examine the historical domestic progress towards women’s equality in the United States, the current domestic successes and challenges to women in a variety of fields, and current challenges in global women’s issues.  The academic residency will be complemented by an educational study tour where participants will experience a different region of the United States.  Throughout the Institute, participants will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field.

2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership

Deadline to apply: December 2, 2017.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Amman is pleased to announce the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership.

OVERVIEW:

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community.  Each Institute will have 20 female participants and will include a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.  During the Women’s Leadership Conference, more than 80 SUSI participants will have opportunities to network with one another and to meet with inspiring U.S. women leaders.  The conference location will be communicated at a later date.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership will examine the history and participation of women in public life in the United States.  The Institute will focus on two major areas: developing participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities; and, placing these abilities in the context of the history and participation of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society.  The program will also examine the historical domestic progress towards women’s equality in the United States, the current domestic successes and challenges to women in a variety of fields, and current challenges in global women’s issues.

The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study will be varied and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.

Candidates should:

  • be female;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.

OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Program Funding: Through the award given to the selected recipient organization and sub-awards to the host institutions, The U.S. government will cover all participant costs, including: program administration; international and domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in university dorms or a full service hotel.  Participants may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  It is important that nominees are aware of these arrangements and that they are comfortable with such accommodations.

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at usdos.sevencorners.com.

Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit them, it will be addressed on a case by case basis in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution.  Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately following the end of the Institute.

Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

English Language Ability: All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program.

To apply, please fill out the application form using the following link:  Application Form Deadline to apply is: November 27, 2017.

For further information on the program, please do not hesitate to email us at: ammanexchanges@gmail.com.

The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, provides the best and brightest community leaders, ages 25 to 38, from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program that includes a substantive hands-on learning experience in the United States from August to December 2018. Community Solutions Fellows gain valuable experience in community work and strengthen their capacity for leadership and development in their home countries.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 25-38 as of January 1, 2018
  • Applicants must have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
  • Applicants must be living and working in their home country (individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration)
  • Applicants must have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English

 

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

Four-month U.S.-based fellowship: CSP fellows are matched with non-profit organizations, private entities, and government offices across the United States where they work with U.S. colleagues on initiatives related to issues they face in their own communities. Community Solutions leaders work in one of four technical areas: Environmental Issues, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Transparency and Accountability, and Women and Gender Issues. For example: A gender-rights activist from Vietnam focused on reducing human trafficking works with YWCA on human trafficking in Houston, Texas.

 

Community Leadership Institute: The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a leadership academy that provides customized learning and coaching to each CSP Leader. The CLI uses a blended-learning approach, where leaders participate in online sessions and in-person workshops, receive professional coaching, engage in experiential learning, and interact with other professionals in their field.

 

Community-based initiatives: CSP fellows develop innovative community action projects in collaboration with their U.S. host institutions and implement these projects after they return to their home countries to integrate their new skills and knowledge into their community work at home. Project summaries are made available online, allowing fellows to share their work with other community leaders around the world.

 

International network of community development professionals: CSP fellows continue to network and collaborate with like-minded leaders from around the world on global development issues through alumni activities and opportunities offered through the Community Leadership Institute online platform.

 

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online at https://oas.irex.org/csp by October 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applications that are mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to IREX will not be accepted.

Detailed application instructions can be downloaded by the link below. Please review the program requirements prior to starting an application to ensure that you are eligible. Please note that eligibility requirements are determined by the US Department of State and exceptions cannot be made. If, after reviewing the application instructions, you have additional questions, please e-mail cspapply@irex.org.

Application Materials

Chaperone Opportunity for Teachers

to Assist with the Between the Lines International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, July 14-28, 2018

Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2018

 

 

Between the Lines (BTL) is a creative writing summer program that brings together young international writers (between 15 and 18 years of age) and young American writers for cultural exchange and enrichment. The two-week residency will take place from July 14-28, 2018, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City—the only UNESCO Creative City of Literature in North America.

 

The program includes an educational opportunity for participation by two overseas teachers to accompany the students as chaperones—one male and one female. A substantive creative writing and professional development program created by the International Writing Program will enable the chaperones to further their skills during their time in the United States.

 

Chaperone teachers will serve as Arabic-speaking liaisons between the students and the IWP staff. Chaperones will also work with IWP on BTL-related projects.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 25-40 as of July 14, 2018
  • Proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Be a teacher who is interested in creative writing
  • Ideally has not had previous exposure to the United States
  • Be able to fully participate in English programming on creative writing and teaching methods, conducted in part by American teachers
  • Be reliable, mature, willing and able to take on the dual responsibilities of their own program and the overall duties of overseeing the students.

To Apply:

Submit a resume/CV and a brief statement of purpose (both in English) describing your goals for the program and how your participation would benefit the program. Please send application materials to: AmmanExchanges@gmail.com.

 

This program will expose young professionals working toward strengthening civil society, including the rule of law, to diverse approaches and outcome-based strategies used in the United States.  It will be an opportunity to exchange knowledge with counterparts and participate in fellowships with U.S. public and private institutions.  Selected participants will spend 6 weeks in Massachusetts, New York City and Washington DC.  They will then host their U.S. counterparts in Jordan later in the year.  All costs associated with this professional exchange program will be covered.  The Professional Fellows Program is administered by the Institute for Training and Development based in Amherst, Massachusetts and sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The application is open only until the end of the day Saturday, January 20, 2018. Link to application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PF2017application

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be professionals working in a government, non-governmental or a private organization in Jordan.
  • Applicants must be mid-level professional between the ages of 25-40 years old with at least two years of professional work experience.
  • Applicants must have a “working-level knowledge of English” that can be verified by an English language instructor.
  • Applicants must be available to travel to the U.S. for a period of six weeks in the Spring of 2018.
  • Applicants must be a citizen of Jordan