• Online submissions are preferred.
  • Do not submit application documents in .zip or .rar file.
  • The details of the program were finalized only on July 8, 2017. Due to the deadline set by the organizer, applicants will be given only 11 days to prepare and submit the required documents.
  • Please read this briefer first before asking questions.
The Colombian Government thru its national agency on youth, Colombia Joven, and in partnership with the National Youth Commission, is implementing the PROGRAM EXCHANGE OF YOUNG LEADERS: STRENGTHENING THEIR ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION, which aims to promote the exchange of Filipino and Colombian young leaders from grassroots organizations to strengthen their knowledge and skills for the development of peace, coexistence and social entrepreneurship initiatives.
The program proper is scheduled on 18 August – 3 September 2017 in Bogota, Colombia. NYC will be nominating 3 grassroots youth leaders.
Qualifications of Delegates:
  • Filipino citizen, single, 18-28 years old
    Student, working, out-of-school, indigenous youth
  • Philippine passport holders (valid until April 2018)
  • Mentally and physically fit to travel
  • Youth leaders working or volunteering in organizations with any of the following advocacies: reconciliation and coexistence (peace), environment, culture and arts, innovation and social entrepreneurship. The nominating youth organization must have a 50-or more membership
  • Youth leaders/organization must be willing to host counterpart Colombian Delegates for the Dispatch Program in late 2017 or early 2018
  • Can communicate in Spanish and English
  • Be able to attend the pre-departure briefing (tentative date: August 17) at the NYC head office and the program proper on 18 August – 3 September, 2017
  • Accomplished NYC Application Form
  • Accomplished Colombia Joven Form
  • A motivation essay of not more than 1500 words answering the following questions: A) what are your expectations about the program? B) once accepted, what do you think can you contribute to the program? C) what are your plans after you return from the program?
  • Nomination letter from youth organization
  • Medical certificate stating that applicant is able to travel abroad
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Delegates will shoulder their travel expenses from their residence (province) to NAIA and back, travel tax, as well as their accommodation in Manila during the pre-departure briefing.
  • The organizer will shoulder the delegates’ international airfare (Manila-Bogota-Manila) as well as their food, accommodation and local transportation in Colombia
The following are automatically disqualified:
  • Participants of NYC-coordinated international programs from July 10, 2012 – present whose airfare, meals, and accommodation were paid by the organizer; and
  • Participants of NYC-coordinated international programs from July 4, 2015 – present whose airfare was shouldered by the participants and whose accommodation and meals were paid by the organizer.
  • Previous NYC International Programs Beneficiaries who have not submitted or accomplished the required post-program documents or volunteer work.
  • Application with incomplete requirements
How to apply:
  • FOR ONLINE APPLICATIONS: Submit documents to (with Subject Heading: APPLICATION FOR PEYL Colombia).
  • Applications may be handwritten or computer-encoded; digital signature may be inserted in the form
  • Do not send application documents in .zip or .rar file.
  • If you chose to submit online, you do not need to send or submit hard copies of your application documents.
  • FOR PERSONAL APPLICATIONS: Submit your documents to NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION, THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS UNIT, 3rd Floor West Insula Building, West Avenue, Quezon City, 1105.
  • FOR SUBMISSION THRU COURIER: Send your documents to: NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION, THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS UNIT, 3rd Floor West Insula Building, West Avenue, Quezon City, 1105.
  • Applicants are advised to strictly follow the instructions for submission. The NYC will not be responsible for application documents which will be lost or sent to wrong e-mail addresses.
  • Deadline for submission is 12 MN / July 21, 2017.
  • Please send all queries to with subject heading “Query: PEYL Colombia”.
  • Please get in touch with the NYC International Programs Secretariat through Ms Sarah Grutas or Mr. Mark Fernandez at telephone numbers (02) 4268733.
  • The NYC reserves the right not to respond to questions whose answers are already stated in this briefer or in the application form.