Indonesia-US Youth Leadership Program

Application Information for U.S. Adult Participants

June 19 – July 20, 2016

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Applications are Now Closed for the 2016 Program

Are you interested in developing your leadership abilities? Would you like to learn how to work effectively across cultures? Do you have a passion for peace-building and community service? Would you like to travel to Indonesia with a group of youth (ages 15-17) to learn about a different culture as well as how to make a difference in your own society? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are invited to apply to participate in the Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program, to be held from June 19 – July 20, 2016.

The program will begin at George Mason University’s campus in Fairfax, Virginia (near Washington, DC), where 8 U.S. students and 1 U.S. educator will have a pre-departure orientation.  On the evening of June 20, participants will fly to Indonesia, arriving in Bali on June 22. In Bali, we will spend our time learning about cultural and environmental issues and practicing our conflict resolution and leadership skills. Participants will have a chance to spend several days living with Balinese families in homestays. Participant will fly on to Java on June 27. We’ll explore the island of Java and the bustling city of Yogyakarta, where we will have classroom-based learning and exercises, visit ancient temples, hone our leadership and social media skills, learn video production, and spend the night at an Islamic boarding school. On July 12th, the U.S. participants will return to Bali and 19 Indonesian students and educators will join them there. The entire group will fly back to the United States on July 15, arriving there on July 16th. U.S. participants will then spend 4 days with the Indonesian students on GMU’s Fairfax campus before returning to their homes on July 20th.

The program is organized by faculty and staff from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University (GMU), in partnership with Volunteers in Asia (VIA), with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. The program is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. All students selected for the program will be offered full scholarships that include:

  • Designation as a Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program Fellow, with a certificate of completion awarded to those who participate in the program and follow-on activities.
  • Costs of the program, including tuition, activities, field trips, meals and lodging in Virginia, round-trip airfare from your home city to Washington, D.C. and from Washington, D.C. to Bali, Indonesia, accident and sickness protection coverage, and a stipend of $25 per week.
    • Adult Participants will be expected to cover the following costs: 1) U.S. passport issuance fees (for participants who do not yet have passports); 2) any immunizations recommended for travel by your physician. (Please note that you do not need to have a passport to apply, however, participants accepted to the program will need to have passports in hand no later than May 15th in order for us to process the necessary visas for travel to Indonesia.)
    • All travel arrangements will be made by GMU staff, and participants will travel as a group, along with program staff, between Washington, D.C. and Indonesia. Participants not from the Washington, DC area will have plane tickets purchased for them to travel to Washington, DC from the closest major airport to their hometown. Participants will be met at the Washington, DC airport by program staff.
  • Participation in all Program events, including classes and interactive activities on the following themes: (1) Culture, Conflict and Cooperation; (2) Democracy and Civic Engagement; (3) Sustainable Development and the Environment; (4) Media for Social Change, including computer training and blog and video/audio podcast production; (5) Leadership Development; and (6) Community Service, taught by GMU faculty and visiting lecturers.
  • 15 days on the Indonesian island of Java, where participants will visit agricultural communities and ancient temples, learn about effective social media use and global issues, volunteer with Indonesian youth on community service projects, and spend a night in an Islamic school to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan!
  • 10 days on the Indonesian island of Bali, where participants will visit mountains, beaches and traditional village communities, learn about environmental challenges, strengthen their leadership skills, and spend time with young Balinese who are working for women’s rights, economic development, and educational opportunity.
  • 4 days at GMU’s campus near Washington, D.C., together with a group of Indonesian youth fellows aged 15-17. We will be learning leadership and conflict resolution skills, exploring effective ways to relate across cultural differences, and more

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


We are seeking applications from adult participants who:

  • will be at least 25 years of age by June 19, 2016
  • are U.S. citizens
  • have worked as a teacher or with teens for at least 2 years
  • have basic computer skills
  • possess strong leadership capabilities and are interested in issues of conflict resolution, global issues and cross-cultural cooperation, especially how these topics relate to youth.
  • agree to follow all activities of the I-US-YLP, including orientation programs in Fairfax, VA, the entire program in Indonesia, and the completion of a follow-on project (examples of this would be sharing what you have learned with others or developing your own program in your community)
  • are willing to help and support the high school students throughout the program

Rice Field BestHOW TO APPLY:

A complete application includes the following:

  1. Official Online Application Form for U.S. Adult Participants, with all sections fully completed.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation. The letter can be submitted by email to, with the subject heading of “US Application – Recommendation – Your Name”. Alternately, it can be faxed to 703-993-1302, attention Alex Cromwell.

To submit an applicationfill out the Online Application form for Adult Participants here.  If you have any problems accessing the online application, please send us an email and let us know at

Please fill out the application as carefully and completely as possible. The information you provide on this application will provide the basis for selecting semi-finalists for this program.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Successful candidates will have a record of leadership in school activities or community civic activities, and be ready to learn new leadership and conflict resolution skills to teach to students.
  2. Well-written and persuasive answers to questions on the online application. Candidates will be asked to describe their interest in and experience with educating on topics such as global issues, leadership and community service, building relations across cultures, and the goals of the IUS-YLP program.
  3. Strong recommendations.
  4. Telephone interview with semi-finalists – a 10-15 minute conversation further exploring the candidate’s reasons for applying to the program.
  5. The selection committee will seek a diverse group of fellows, including geographical, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity.


For more information, contact (type “U.S. Applicant Inquiry” in subject heading) and we will return your email to answer any questions you may have.

This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.



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