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Cultural Exchanges
January 21, 2016


The U.S. Government funds several professional and academic exchange programs in which Trinidad and Tobago nationals can participate.

International Visitor Leadership Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

Youth Ambassadors Program

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The Youth Ambassadors Program aims to develop a cadre of young adults from across countries in the Americas who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to their communities, an awareness of current and global issues, and strong interpersonal leadership skills. The program aims to promote mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between people in the United States and other countries of the Western Hemisphere. The program is open to teenagers ages 15-18 and adult educators (mentors).

This is a virtual program which will explore themes such as civic education, leadership, cross-cultural connections, community service, and youth and social transformation through experiential learning activities; leadership trainings; civic participation at the community level; mentoring by community, business, and NGO leaders; engaging with host families, and volunteering.

What Participants Gain from the Youth Ambassadors Program

Leadership Skills | Intercultural Understanding | Networking Opportunities | Professional Development | Global Perspectives | Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities Community Service | Communication Skills

Eligibility Requirements

All Youth Participants must:

  • Be a citizen and resident of a participating country
  • Be between 15-18 years old at the start of the exchange
  • Have at least one semester of high school left after August 2022
  • Demonstrate leadership potential and community involvement
  • Have limited U.S. and other international travel experience
  • Have parental/legal guardian permission to participate in U.S. travel or online programming

All Adult Educator Mentor applicants must

  • All Be a citizen and resident of a participating country
  • Actively work with youth in a high school or community setting
  • Be willing and able to meet periodically with selected students from their city or region during the 2022/2023 academic year to support and monitor their follow-on work

Participating Countries

The Bahamas, Suriname, Guyana, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago.

Applications are closed for 2022.

You may also visit youthambassadorsprogram.org | youthambassadors@worldlearning.org

National Youth Science Camp

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program that brings together graduating high school science students from the United States of America and participating countries worldwide.

Community Solutions Program

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in the fields of transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues and women’s issues.

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program

The CEE is a transformational leadership development experience designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 21-28, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

The CEE is a year-long exchange with a three-month U.S.-based practicum: CEE fellows are matched with nonprofit organizations, private entities, and government offices across the United States where they work with U.S. colleagues on initiatives related to civil society issues they face in their own communities. CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in their home country.

For more information on the Community Engagement Exchange go to: https://www.irex.org/project/community-engagement-exchange

Applications for 2022 are closed.