Thailand Students: Apply for the 2014 Youth Leadership Program with Southeast Asia

Deadline: December 27, 2013

Secondary school students from Thailand are invited to apply for participation in the Youth Leadership Program with Southeast Asia. The program will be offered for 50 to 60 participants from countries in Southeast Asia that are members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). There will be 5 students and 1 educator selected to represent Thailand.

The program will employ a highly interactive approach both in workshops and in a range of public and community settings. Through engagement with the activities of U.S. high schools, community organizations, youth groups, and community leaders in each location, the student and adult participants will better understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.

This is an intensive program with three segments:

  1. A pre-departure orientation in Bangkok;
  2. A three-week exchange program that will offer students and teachers or community/ leaders the opportunity to explore the principles of leadership and community activism in the United States; and
  3. Follow-on activities, where participants will conduct projects in their home communities.

The program will be intensive, academic, and highly interactive. The program sponsors energetic applicants who are ready to develop their skills in order to be effective leaders in their schools and communities.


Student applicants must:

  • be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old by April 1, 2014
  • have at least one semester of high school remaining after the end of the program
  • have good English skills
  • have permission from both parents and schools to participate in the entire program.

Selection Criteria

Students will be evaluated on the following characteristics:

  • demonstrated leadership in their schools or communities
  • a clear interest in and commitment to volunteer and participate in civic activities
  • strong social and communication skills
  • good academic performance
  • proficiency in English
  • ability to implement projects that benefit the applicant’s school and community

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