Public Diplomacy Initiatives (a.k.a. Sponsored Programs)

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Program Listing

Programs Details
Current Outbound Sponsored Programs Scholarships

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Current Inbound Sponsored Programs Scholarships

Former Programs

Hosted Student Leadership Opportunities

New for 2016-17 Academic Year!

Sponsored Program students hosted by AFS are eligible for a variety of contests and workshops that have been designed to enrich the exchange experience. We encourage students to engage in and apply for these opportunities.

  • Please note that if students are selected for more than one opportunity, they may only attend one of them.
Opportunities Available for CBYX and YES Students:
Opportunities Details (Applicable to all YES/CBYX students)
100 Hours of Community Service Students who complete 100 or more hours of volunteer service during their exchange year are eligible to receive a certificate signed by a high-ranking official of the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (of the U.S Department of State)

Click here for more information on '''100 Hours of Community Service'''

YES and CB students hosted by AFS may also apply for more than one of the workshops below, but if selected, may only participate in one of the workshops.

Please note: if you win a trip to a BUBW Conference AND one of the opportunities below, you may only choose one. You will receive additional information via email with further dates and details about each of the workshops.

Student Opportunities Details
YES and CBYX students: Civic Education Workshop (CEW) The one-week program, implemented by American Councils and the American Civics Center, will be held in Washington, D.C. The program provides an opportunity for students to gain a better understanding of key concepts and values that are an integral part of U.S. society and culture. During CEW, they learn firsthand about the U.S. federal system of government and other important concepts of civil society through seminar discussions, briefings, and meetings on Capitol Hill.
  • YES CEW dates: Feb 26-March 4, 2017

Click here for details: Civic Education Workshop

YES Students Only: English Language Teaching Workshop The one-week workshop, presented by American Councils in Washington, D.C., is scheduled for March 19-25, 2017 for approximately 30 students. Participants learn classroom teaching and leadership skills. The workshops are focused on developing participants’ abilities to teach English to other youth and to help them qualify for ECA and Embassy supported English programs when they return home. Activities include extensive online pre-program engagement, as well as follow-on support and interaction after the students return home.
  • Workshop Dates: March 19-25, 2017

Click here for details: English Language Teaching Workshop

Travel Dates

Travel Cycles Details
Inbound Return Travel Information, for 2016 - 2017 Cycle
  • 2016 - 2017 Inbound YES Return Dates- click here for a detailed chart!
  • 2016 - 2017 Inbound CBYX Return Dates - As usual, CBYX will follow the AFS Core Departure Pattern. Students will attend local End of Stay orientations, then travel to AFS Gateways, before departing for Washington DC for a CBYX End of Stay Orientation. After the orientation in Washington DC, they will return to Germany.

Inbound Arrival Travel Information, for 2017-18 Cycle

Volunteers Involved

Similar to their fellow AFS participants, Sponsored Program students are supported by local Teams (please see below links for hosting and sending volunteer position descriptions). However, there is one additional volunteer position designated specifically to provide further support to the Sponsored students during their year in the U.S. This position is the Cluster Coordinator position; the Cluster Coordinator is responsible for the following:

Links to Hosting and Sending Volunteer Position Descriptions

The Cluster Model

At the community level, the Sponsored students’ experience is much like that of any other AFS student. The goals of their programs are primarily met by living with their host family and attending school. They participate in local orientations, meet with their liaisons once a month, and their support issues go through the same local channels.

However, Sponsored students are also responsible for participating in a number of educational activities designed to enhance their insights into how the U.S. functions, provide impetus for a broader view of the U.S. than they might find in their immediate surroundings and assist them in gaining an understanding of how positive leadership can be exercised. For this reason, the Sponsored students are placed in groups or "clusters within Area Teams; these clusters are arranged so that they are geographically close enough to gather six or eight times a year, guided by volunteers who help them to fulfill the required learning objectives. These volunteers, who are known as “Cluster Coordinators” lend their skills and experience to help achieve the cross-cultural understanding envisioned by the AFS Ambulance Drivers.

Cluster Coordinator Resources

Resources Content
Student Placement
Finances, Expenses, Forms, etc.

NOTE: Expenses that qualify for reimbursement should be sent to Sheron Lewis in the New York office.

Other Info:

NOTE: For more general resources, please see the "Cultural and Programmatic Resouces" section below.

Cultural and Programmatic Resources

Resources Details
Sponsored Programs Specific
General Resources
Useful Resources relating to Schools
Advocacy Resources
Resources from CECF

Host Family Resources

Resouces Details
Host Family Resources
Other Info

Students with Disabilities and Mobility International USA (MIUSA)

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