Indonesia-US Youth Leadership Program

Application Information for U.S. Students

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 coverage, and a stipend of $25 per week.
    • Students’ families will be expected to cover the following costs: 1) U.S. passport issuance fees (for students who do not yet have passports); 2) any immunizations recommended for travel by your family physician. (Please note that you do not need to have a passport to apply, however, students accepted to the program will need to have passports in hand no later than May 15, 2016 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. Students 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. Students will be met at the Washington, DC airport by program staff, but may have to travel alone from their home to Washington, DC if no other students are arriving from their particular city.
  • 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 students who:

  • Will be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old by June 19, 2016
  • Are U.S. citizens
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in community service, global issues and building cross- cultural relationships
  • Agree to participate fully in all I-US-YLP program activities, including a pre-program orientation on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, all program activities in Indonesia, and post-program follow-on activities (such as sharing what you’ve learned with peers)
  • Have permission from parents or guardians to participate in the entire program and travel to Indonesia.

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A complete application includes the following:

  1. Official Online Application Form for U.S. students, with all sections fully completed.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher who knows you well. The letter can be submitted by email to, with the subject heading of “U.S. Application – Recommendation – Your Name” in the subject heading. Alternately, it can be faxed to 703-993-1302, attention Alex Cromwell.
  3. Completed and signed parental permission form. This can be scanned and emailed to: or faxed to 703-993-1302, attention Alex Cromwell.
  4. Transcript for the duration of your time in high school. This should be mailed to the following address (attention Alex Cromwell):

Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

3351 Fairfax Dr. MS 4D3

Arlington, VA 22201

To submit an application, fill out the Online Application form 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. As this program will include classes and workshops on leadership and conflict resolution, we are looking for candidates with strong academic achievement. Those in the upper 25% of their class will be favored.
  2. Successful candidates will have a record of leadership in school activities or community civic activities, and be ready to learn new leadership skills.
  3. Well-written and persuasive answers to questions on the application form. Candidates will be asked to describe their interest in global issues, leadership and community service, building relations across cultures, and appreciation of the goals of the IUS-YLP program.
  4. Strong recommendations.
  5. Skype or Facetime interview with semi-finalists – a 10-15 minute conversation further exploring the candidate’s reasons for applying to the program.
  6. The selection committee will seek a diverse group of fellows, including geographical, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity.

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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.