U.S. Student Dates: June 19th – July 20th: (June 19th – June 20th in Fairfax, VA; June 20th – July 15th in Bali and Yogyakarta, Indonesia; July 16th – July 20th in Fairfax, VA)
Indonesian Student Dates: July 12th – August 12th: (July 12th – July 15th orientation in Bali; July 16th – August 10th in U.S.; August 12th arrival in Bali)
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University and Volunteers in Asia (VIA) will be hosting the Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program (I-US-YLP), sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program will bring 19 youth and educators from Indonesia to the United States and 9 youth and educators from the United States to Indonesia. U.S. participants will have a pre-departure orientation in the United States on June 19, and will leave for Indonesia the following day, arriving there on June 22. They will stay in Indonesia from June 22-July 15, 2016. Indonesian participants will join their U.S. counterparts in Bali on July 12, and will depart with them for the United States on July 15, arriving on July 16. Participants will spend July 16-July 20 together in the United States. American participants will return home on July 20. Indonesian participants will depart the United States on August 10 returning to Indonesia on August 12.
The goal of the I-US-YLP is to promote civic engagement and participation among Indonesian and U.S. youth through cross-cultural exchanges and learning while increasing mutual understanding between the two countries. The program is designed to: (1) Improve youth citizens’ understanding of democracy, civic rights and responsibilities and increase their commitment to civic participation, community service and leadership; (2) Strengthen the capacity of youth by providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to become active and engaged citizens in their communities; and (3) Increase dialogue and facilitate meaningful and substantial interactions between Indonesian and U.S. participants in order to contribute to mutual understanding.
To achieve these goals, the curriculum will include a strong sub-emphasis on Conflict Resolution, and will be structured around the following themes: 1) Culture, Conflict and Cooperation; 2) Leadership Development; 3) Sustainable Development; 4) Democracy and Civic Engagement; 5) Media for Social Change; and 6) Community Service. In addition, educators will be provided with sessions oriented towards increasing their abilities to serve as effective teachers and mentors of youth leaders committed to civic engagement.
During the I-US-YLP, participants will engage in discussions, workshops, simulations and leadership training activities, as well as educational field trips and site visits to local educational and community development organizations. In the United States, Indonesian participants will be based on Mason’s Fairfax, Virginia campus, spend 10 days staying with a host family, and will travel to Washington, D.C., New York City, and rural Virginia. In Indonesia, U.S. participants will divide their time between the island of Bali and the city of Yogyakarta, Java.
This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.