The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to energy and the environment, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender.
Community activists will be selected to participate in the program that includes:
a) Four-month Fellowship in the United States: Community Solutions fellows are matched to host organizations throughout the U.S. where they complete a four-month, hands-on professional experience;
b) Community Solutions fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes face-to-face trainings, online courses, professional coaching, and networking;
c) Community-based initiatives: While in the U.S. and with the help of their U.S. host organization, Community Solutions fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.
The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:
> J-1 visa support;
> Round-trip travel from participants’ home city to the U.S.
> Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the U.S. and,
> Accident and sickness insurance.
Competition for the Community Solutions Program is merit-based.
After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel.
The panel will then choose semifinalists to complete an interview.
Semifinalists will also be required to take an English language exam or submit recent TOEFL or IELTS scores.
After the interviews, finalists and alternates will be selected, pending their performance on their English language exam.
Please review the program requirements prior to starting an application to ensure that you are eligible.
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The Community Solutions Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by IREX.
To be eligible for the Community Solutions Program, applicants must:
1. Be between the ages of 25 and 38 as of January 1, 2021;
2. Be a citizen of one of the eligible countries, by region;
3. Be living and working in your home country. Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration;
4. Have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer;
5. Not be currently participating in an academic, training, or research program in the U.S.;
6. Have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English;
7. Be available to travel to the U.S. for four months from August to December 2021;
8. Not be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have not applied for U.S. permanent residency within the past three years;
9. Be eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
10. Commit to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program.
Application deadline: 28 October 2020.
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