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14 Jul 2017

Call for applications: Kennedy – Lugar Youth Exchange Study (YES) Program Batch 2018-19

AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines and U.S. Embassy in the Philippines are pleased to announce the opening of applications for the next cycle of the U.S. Department of State Sponsored Program: Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program (2018-19 batch). This program is one of the prominent U.S. government-funded exchange programs and is designed to expand communication between the people of the United States and partner countries the interest of promoting mutual understanding and respect. YES program offers full scholarship to high school students in 51 countries. Students will live with host families, attend a U.S. high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. The YES program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – U.S. Department of State, in partnership with lead grantee American Councils for International Education and YES program consortium.
The goals of the program are:

  • to promote a better understanding among youth from selected YES countries about American society, people, institutions, values, and culture;
  • foster lasting personal ties;
  • engage the exchange participants in activities that promote mutual understanding, respect for diversity, leadership skills, and an understanding of civil society during their exchange in the U.S.;
  • enhance Americans’ understanding of foreign students’ countries and cultures;
  • increase the capacity of organizations in participating countries to engage youth in activities that enhance mutual understanding, respect for diversity, leadership skills, and an understanding of civil society through alumni activities.
Basic Qualification:

  • Philippine citizen residing in the Philippines at the time of application, selection and preparation for travel; Birthdate must be between August 2, 2000 and August 1, 2003.
  •  Currently enrolled in a public/private junior or senior high school and is among the top 25% of academic performance in grade level; graduating senior high school (Grade 12) students are not eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrated leadership potential in school and/or community.
  • Have an equivalent of a B average or better without failing grades.
  • Have not completed more than 11 years of primary education nor received a high school diploma (senior high school) by the start of the program.
  • Demonstrated sufficient English language ability to speak and study in English.
  • Sufficiently healthy to participate.
  • Preferably have not previously studied in the U.S.
  • Committed to cultural immersion in the U.S. through a home-stay experience.
  • Able to meet cross-cultural challenges with maturity, humor and open mind.
  • Plans to share his/her U.S. experience with his/her home and community upon return.
  •  The program can support Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and encourages their participation.
  • Pre-Application Form; filled-up and with passport-size ID photo;
  • Photocopy of most recent Form 137 or transcript of records from Philippine high school;
  • Photocopy of school ID; or valid government ID
  • Signed consent by either parent or legal guardian at the bottom of this form

  • All applications must be submitted to the AFS PHI office as hard copies. There will be no online submission of applications.
  • Applicants must submit only the photocopies of original documents. AFS IPP will not be responsible in sending back original copies.
  • Applicants who have family members (father, mother, sister or brother) and cousins within the first degree who have participated in the previous ECA-DOS sponsored exchange programs are NOT qualified to participate in this program. This restriction applies as well to AFS IPP staff and board members up to the third degree.
  • AFS PHI will announce (and will notify) ONLY the semifinalists starting by the last week of July. Only semifinalists are invited to the interviews during the months of August to October.
Submission policy:

All applications must be sent by mail and must be received by AFS PHI on or before July 24, 2017 (application deadline date- all documents must be in the AFS PHI office on or before the deadline) and must be sent to:

AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines
Unit 1607 16/F Antel Global Corporate Center
No. 3 Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center
1600 Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone: 02-584-2002
E-mail address:

Application form:

Application deadline : Monday, July 24, 2017.

For those who need assistance in sending their application forms, AFS Philippines and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines have identified drop-off points near your areas and designated a contact person who will provide help, collect and send applications to AFS Philippines. Please submit your application at our drop-off points or hand them to our local volunteers and alumni on or before June 21, 2017. Please feel free to contact them. Refer to the directory here: Call-for-Pre-Application

Zamboanga del Sur Area:
Aya Sophia Gaite
Pagadian City Science High School
San Jose Heights, Pagadian City
0927 130 0832

For more information, interested applicants may email or visit or

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