Educational & Professional Exchange Programs

Applications now accepted for:

  • 2019 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars
  • 2019 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators
  • 2019 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership

For more information please click on the programs below. The Public Affairs Section arranges a variety of U.S.-government sponsored exchange programs that link Zambians and Americans. These programs are intended to introduce participants to the United States and American people and culture, as well as provide them with a chance to exchange ideas with their American colleagues. Educational and cultural exchanges create human bonds and enduring relationships that build bridges of cooperation and understanding between peoples. Among the thousands of distinguished individuals who have participated in U.S. government exchange programs over the past five decades are more than 200 current and former Chiefs of State, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers, and many, many other distinguished leaders from the public and private sectors.

Application deadline:  Friday, December 28, 2018

The U.S. Embassy seeks qualified Zambian nationals to apply for the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars programs. SUSI Scholars programs are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture, and institutions.  This program takes place over the course of six weeks, commencing in June 2018, and aims to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced professionals from institutions of higher education.
  • Must have a graduate degree and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute.
  • Experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.
  • Should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.
  • Should demonstrate English language fluency (participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions).
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component
  • Have limited experience in the United States
  • Have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

 HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Provide a short personal statement (one page) indicating why you are interested in participating in the program, what makes you a strong candidate, and what you expect to get out of the experience (please review carefully the list of themes below).
  2. Candidates should submit CV with the following information:A. Title of Institute: (See below for institute themes)
    B. Nominees Full Name: should match his/her passport and should be presented in the following order: Prefix (Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss), Last Name(s), First Name, Middle Name.
    C. Gender
    D. Date of Birth (please spell out Month, Day, Year)
    E. Birth City
    F. Birth Country
    G. Country of Citizenship: Primary and, if applicable, secondary country
    H. Country of Residence
    I. Medical, Physical, Dietary or other Personal Considerations
    J. Contact Information: Home Address, City, Home Province, Home Country, E-mail, and Telephone.
    K. Current position/title, institutional name, and country
    L. Work Experience, including previous positions and titles
    M. Education, and Academic and Professional Training, including degree earned and fields of specialization. Degrees listed should reflect the closest U.S. equivalent.
    N. Active Professional Memberships: Active Professional Memberships independent of current professional responsibilities. These should not include university committee work or other professional duties directly related to current employment.
    O. Publications: Publications should include the publication year, type of publication, title, and publisher. (Please list no more than 10.)
    P. Previous Experience in the United States: Please list all trips you have made to the United States and include approximate dates and the reason for travel.
    Q. Family Residing in the United States: Please list any immediate family members who currently are residing in the United States, including city and state.
    R. Evidence of English Fluency: Explain how you are fluent you are in written and spoken English
    S. Professional Responsibilities: (i) Candidate should discuss professional responsibilities in greater detail, including research interests, administrative responsibilities (e.g. curriculum design), and/or other pertinent information. (ii) Current courses taught: Should include course title, level of students, classroom hours per semester, # of students, U.S. studies content. (iii) Current student advising: Advising is not the same as teaching. Indicate the number of students, their level, and hours candidate spends providing assistance in helping students clarifying personal and career goals, and evaluating progress towards those goals. This section can also include Candidates that supervise PhD and graduate students. (iv) Other Potential Outcomes: Please select any likely potential professional outcomes of this program; (you can select by highlighting or bolding the text)
  • Update Existing Course
  • University Curriculum Redesign
  • New Publication
  • New Professional Organization
  • Create New Course
  • National Curriculum Redesign
  • Professional Promotion
  • New Institute Linkages
  • Create New Degree Program
  • New Research Project
  • Government or Ministry Policy
  • Raise Institutional ProfileT. Personal Statement: In an essay not exceeding 250 words, describe why you wish to participate in a Study of the U.S. Institute. The essay should convey why you are interested in participating in this institute, what you expect to gain, and what you will contribute to institute. The essay should address how you will leverage the experience to achieve ‘other potential outcomes’ checked in the above section. In addition, the essay should describe the nominee’s capacity to amplify the impact of the program beyond your research interest and knowledge.

Application deadline:  Friday, December 28, 2018

Submit applications via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov and for more information please contact the Public Affairs Office on 0211-357426 and via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov

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INSTITUTE THEMES:

  1. The Institute on American Politics and Political Thought will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions and a deeper understanding of major currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present.  It will explore the shaping of American identity and the intersection and interplay between that identity and U.S. history and politics.  It will cover a broad range of American experiences that have shaped and been shaped by our national identity including, but not limited to, the colonial period, the constitutional founding, the Civil War, industrialization, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights movement.  The Institute will also use this lens to explore contemporary U.S. political and social debates and public policy, relating them back to the formation and development of U.S. political thought and American identity.  This Institute is currently being openly competed; the recipient will be known in April 2017.
  2. The Institute on Contemporary American Literature will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American (U.S.) literature.  Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary U.S. society and culture.  The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the U.S. literary canon.  At the same time, the program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature.  This Institute is currently being openly competed; the recipient will be known in April 2017.
  3. The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a multinational group of 18 journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.  The Institute will examine the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, international journalism, and media business models.  The Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight the impact of technology on journalism, such as the influence of the Internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other changes that are transforming the profession.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the Institute will be hosted by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
  4. The Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy.  Employing a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing on fields such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, and others, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States.  Participants will examine the following aspects of religious pluralism in the United States: the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy; the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and the sociology and demography of religion in the United States today, including a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs and its impact on American politics and society.  This Institute is currently being openly competed; the recipient will be known in April 2017.
  5. The Institute on S. Culture and Society will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly-motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history.  The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base, and will itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society. Pending final ECA grant approval, the Institute will be hosted by New York University in New York, New York.
  6. The Institute on S. Foreign Policy will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how contemporary U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented.  The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy.  The Institute will explain the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the Institute will be hosted by Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

Application deadline:  Friday, December 28, 2018

The U.S. Embassy seeks qualified Zambian nationals to apply for the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators program. The purpose of the SUSI Secondary School Educators program is to provide foreign secondary educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The SUSI Secondary School Educators program further aims to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions. The program will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in June 2019.

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  •  Mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school teachers or administrators.
  • Speak English fluently (participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions).
  • Secondary teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, textbook writer, ministry of education official, or other related professional with responsibility for secondary education who is seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into his/her curricula.
  • Experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies.
  • Willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Provide a short personal statement (one page) indicating why you are interested in participating in the program and what you expect to get out of the experience.
  2. Attach CV with the following information:
    A. Title of Institute (Teacher/Administrator): SUSI Secondary EducatorB. Full names (should match the ones in your passport and should be presented in the following order: Prefix (Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss), Last Name(s), First Name, Middle Name)C. GenderD. Date of Birth (please spell out Month, Day, Year)E. Birth CityF. Birth CountryG. Country of Citizenship: Primary and, if applicable, secondary countryH. Country of ResidenceI. Medical, Physical, Dietary or other Personal ConsiderationsJ. Contact Information: Home Address, City, Home State/Province, Home Country, E-mail, and TelephoneK. Current Position/Title, Institutional Name, and CountryL. Work Experience, including previous positions and titlesM. Education, and Academic and Professional Training, including degree earned and fields of specialization. Degrees listed should reflect the closest U.S. equivalentN. Active Professional MembershipsO. Publications: Publications should include the publication year, type of publication, title, and publisherP. Previous Experience in the United States: Please list all trips made to the United States and include approximate dates and the reason for travel.Q. Family Residing in the United States: Please list any immediate family members who currently are residing in the United States, including city and state.R. Evidence of English Fluency (e.g. personal interview, test score, etc.)

Application deadline:  Friday, December 28, 2018

Submit applications via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov and for more information please contact the Public Affairs Office on 0211-357426 and via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov

Application Deadline:  Friday, November 30, 2018

The U.S. Embassy seeks qualified Zambian women to apply for the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership.  SUSI Student Leader programs are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

The five-week Institute will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.  The program is tentatively scheduled to begin June, 2019.

 CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  •  Female undergraduate students between the ages of 18-25
  • Should be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership
  • Have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program
  • Highly motivated and demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community
  • Speak English fluently (participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions)
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States
  • Mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive
  • Willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel
  • Comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country. 

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Provide a short personal statement (one page) indicating why you are interested in participating in the program, what makes you a strong candidate, and what you expect to get out of the experience. (Max 250 words)
  2. Attach CV with the following information:A. Title of Institute: SUSI Student Leader on Women’s LeadershipB. Full names (should match the ones in your passport and should be presented in the following order: Prefix (Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss), Last Name(s), First Name, Middle Name)C. GenderD. Date of Birth (please spell out Month, Day, Year)E. Birth CityF. Birth CountryG. Country of Citizenship: Primary and, if applicable, secondary countryH. Country of ResidenceI. Medical, Physical, Dietary or other Personal ConsiderationsJ. Contact Information: Home Address, City, Home State/Province, Home Country, E-mail, and TelephoneK. Academic Major, Institutional Name, and CountryL. Work and Volunteer ExperienceM. Year in SchoolN. Memberships in Associations, Clubs, etcO. Previous experience in the United States: Yes/No?P. If yes, please list all trips made to the United States and include approximate dates and the reason for travel.Q. Family Residing in the United States: Please list any immediate family members who currently are residing in the United States, including city and state.

Application Deadline:  Friday, November 30, 2018

Submit applications via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov or contact the Public Affairs Office at 0211-357426 if you have any questions.

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program offers two categories of grants: Research Grants and Program and Curriculum Development Grants.

  1. Research Grants

Research grants the open door for African University Faculties or research institute professionals to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution for up to 9 months. The grants are primarily awarded to doctorate degree holders with at least three years of university teaching experience and a traceable productive scholarly record.

  1. Program and Curriculum Development Grants

Program and Curriculum Development grants are designed for less experienced scholars who have not had access to recent research or instructional developments in their disciplines. The grants are offered to African University faculties or administrators for the purpose of conducting research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution for up to 5 months. University faculties without doctorate degrees are also eligible for these grants.

  1. HIV/AIDS Grants

 HIV/AIDS Grants are special grants under the ARSP program. These grants are awarded to scholars with proposals specifically on HIV/AIDS-related research. Scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to formulate proposals with an HIV/AIDS focus.  Candidates may apply either as research scholars or as program and curriculum development scholars.

Additional Information on Eligibility

  • Applicants must not have received a Fulbright grant for study, teaching, or research in the U.S. within the last five years.
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States.
  • Applications for doctoral dissertation research, post-doctoral research immediately following completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.
  • Proposals for clinical medical research involving physician training, patient care and contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.
  • Must have excellent English language skills.
  • Each application must include three letters of reference.
  • Laboratory fees are not part of the standard benefits package for the ARSP and are awarded on a limited case-by-case, and only if funding is available.

This program opens for applications in May through June.

For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten (10) months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector.  Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually.  Eighteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows.

Program Fields

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Economic Development
  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Finance and Banking
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Wildlife Management
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree
  • A minimum of five years of substantial, full-time, professional experience
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • A record of public service in the community
  • Strong English skills

This program opens for applications in March through April.

For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings Zambian students United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. studies at various U.S. universities.  The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers participants’ insight into U.S. society and values.  Over 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year.  The two year program is designed to strengthen African universities, public and private institutions and entrepreneurs by providing grantees with a U.S. higher education degree.

Program Fields

  • Agricultural Development/Agricultural Economics
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Economic development
  • Education, including educational planning, administration, curriculum development
  • Law and human rights
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

 Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Five years professional experience (university staff development fellows are encouraged to apply)
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Outstanding academic records, references, and preparation in chosen fields
  • Satisfactory TOEFL and GRE or GMAT test scores as a part of the final selection process by the Fulbright Scholarship Board in the U.S.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who have not had extensive recent experience in the United States
  • Applicants should have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program and returning home to serve in their field of study

This program opens for applications in February through April.

For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov

The Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program is a three-week exchange program for high school students from Zambia aged 15-18 years old. The program provides an opportunity for high school students from Zambia and other African countries to participate in leadership programs when they travel to the United States. The program targets African countries in a bid to support the U.S. government goals of fostering regional cooperation on the continent in addition to nurturing young leaders. During the exchanges, participants engage in workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes, interactive training, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, and homestays with local American families. Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they acquired by planning service projects in their home communities.

Profile of the Ideal candidate

The ideal participant in the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program is a high school student aged between 15 and 18 years old at the start of the exchange program. The candidate should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Eligibility Requirements
To qualify, a student must:

  • Be proficient in English;
  • Attend at least one semester of high school in their home country following completion of the program; i.e. in grade 11 or 12 as at January 2016
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their school or community
  • Have a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service and extracurricular activities
  • Have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country
  • Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive
  • Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive program, community service, and active educational travel program during the exchange, as well as in follow-up activities afterward in their home countries.

This program opens for applications in October through November.

For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship!

The deadline is October 11, 2017.  Please send your questions to WFZambia@state.gov and we will respond. Mandela Washington Fellowship The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The program brings young leaders to the United States each year for a six-week academic and leadership intense training program and in Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership and Public Management. Follow-on platforms in each country create unique opportunities in Africa for these young leaders to put their new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity, and strengthening democratic institutions. YALI Mandela Washington Fellow Tracks

  • Business & Entrepreneurship – Business and Entrepreneurship Institutes caters to the range of aspiring entrepreneurs who hope to take on leadership roles within the private sector or start their own business ventures on the continent.
  • Civic Leadership – Civic Leadership Institutes is oriented to young Africans who are civically engaged and serving the public through non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, or volunteerism.
  • Public Management – Public Management Institutes are tailored to young Africans who work or aspire to work in all levels of government agencies, regional organizations such as the African Union, international organizations such as the United Nations, or other publicly-minded organizations or think tanks.

Application Criteria

  • Be a citizen of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country, such as Zambia (persons holding U.S. citizenship or permanent residency are ineligible)
  • Speak and write proficiently in English
  • Be between 25 – 35 years of age at the time of application submission, although exceptional candidates younger than 25 will be considered

This program opens for applications in September through October every year. For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov.

 ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAM

The Community Solutions Program is now open to young Zambian leaders between the ages of 25-38.  The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a professional development program for the best and brightest community leaders from around the world.   It includes an intensive, four-month U.S.-based, professional development program with substantive hands-on learning experience in the United States. Community Solutions leaders work in one of four technical areas: Environmental Issues, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Transparency and Accountability, and Women and Gender Issues. Through tailored fellowships and the Community Leadership Institute (CLI), leaders gain valuable experience in U.S.-based community work, increase skills and knowledge, strengthen their capacity for leadership and development in their home countries, bring years of experience to community development in the United States, and create action plans for community-based initiatives back home.

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS OF THE FELLOWSHIP

  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to the United States
  • Accident and sickness insurance
  • Living allowance to cover housing, meals and incidentals

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 25-38
  • Applicants must have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
  • Applicants must be living and working in their home country (individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration)
  • Applicants must have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English

 CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAM

 

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TechCamp Lusaka

April 26-29, 2017

You are invited to apply for a TechCamp on enhancing democracy and transparency through ICTs!  We are seeking participants who are not necessarily savvy in technology but who are already working on democracy and transparency issues and who want to learn how to use technology to meet their objectives.  Please find below more information about the TechCamp. On behalf of the United States Department of State, including the YALI Network and U.S. Embassy Zambia, and our Zambian NGO partner YALI Zambia, it is a privilege to invite you to apply for “Enhancing Democracy and Transparency TechCamp” hosted April 26-29 in Lusaka, Zambia. What:              YALI (United States YALI program) TechCamp on Enhancing Democracy and Transparency. Where:            Lusaka, Zambia When:             April 26-29 Cost:               Free! Your travel, accommodation, and lodging expenses will be covered. What to Prepare:

  • A project or challenge you face in your work promoting democracy and transparency, and an open mind.

TechCamp is a U.S. Department of State initiative aimed to connect community leaders from across the YALI Network and civil society organizations with local and international technology experts and trainers to help you and your organization communicate most effectively with your network and your community. We are confident that you will leave the TechCamp better prepared to advance your efforts in enhancing democracy and promoting transparency. TechCamp Zambia will be a hands-on, highly interactive two-day event where you will interact with world-class trainers through a series of training and brainstorming sessions. These interactive sessions will also allow you to collaborate and share best practices and challenges with your peers in the YALI Network, civil society organizations, and experts from across Africa and around the world. Our expert trainers will work with you to discover and use new and exciting technological tools and concepts to address the issues your organization works on. You will be focusing on concrete steps to expand your technological capabilities to enhance democracy and transparency in governance. Our hope is that you will build lasting relationships with other YALI Network and civil society members to help you in your endeavors following this TechCamp. In this highly collaborative and interactive environment, we will explore ways that you can dig deeper into challenges and problems in promoting democracy and transparency including accessing information and officials, building online communities, and communicating with stakeholders through creative messaging and innovative technologies. When you apply for the program using the online application form below, we request that you provide information on your familiarity with online communication tools and strategy and share your thoughts. To apply online please complete the survey form  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WXQW72Z by March 8, 2017. Our TechCamp organizers will decide on our final participant list by March 17, 2017.  We will select 30 participants from Zambia, and 10 from each of the following countries:  Malawi, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Some of our contacts get confused by the different YALI groups.  Please be advised that YALI Zambia is a Zambian NGO that is not affiliated with the United States.  They are a Zambian organization.  YALI Network and the YALI program are United States government youth leadership development programs with “YALI” being short for “Young African Leaders Initiative”.  The U.S. YALI program was created in 2010.

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) offer qualified secondary school teachers from Zambia an opportunity to participate in a 6-week teacher academic program in the United States each year. The program provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the U.S. TEA consists of a six‐week non‐degree, non‐credit customized academic program, including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Upon returning home, TEA program alumni are eligible to apply for small grants for essential teaching materials, follow‐on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between schools in their home country and the United States, and other activities that build on their U.S. experience. Profile of an Ideal TEA candidate An ideal TEA candidate is a full-time secondary school teachers with a minimum of five-years teaching experience. The candidate should demonstrate strong leadership potential and have the ability to function well in an intensive and collaborative learning environment with teachers from around the world. Eligibility Requirements  Current secondary-level full-time teachers with five or more years of experience in one of the following disciplines:

  1. English
  2. Social Studies
  3. Mathematics
  4. Sciences
  • Proficient in written and spoken English, with a TOEFL score of 450 or higher (TOEFL testing fees are paid by the U.S. Embassy)
  • Intent to continue teaching after program completion
  • Complete application form

This program opens for applications in March through April. For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov