Deadline: 15 January 2021
Open to: girls from one of the eligible countries between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange in July 2021
Benefits: numerous costs for the program are covered
The U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls Program connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing them access and opportunities to advance their skills and pursue their dreams.
The core of the program is a three-week experience in the United States. TechGirls participate in an interactive technology and computer camp (with US Girls), join a tech company for a day of job shadowing, and participate in community service initiatives. The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect – as the benefits of the exchange accrue not only to the TechGirls themselves, but multiply out to the wider community.
As a TechGirl, you commit to 8 months of leadership training and join an alumni network of TechWomen and TechGirls that will support you as you plan your higher education, careers and community based projects.
- Challenge themselves with new questions and concepts.
- Learn coding and tech skills from enthusiastic university professors
- Network with influential industry leaders.
- Discover their own innovative leadership style.
- Create meaningful friendships with young women from all over the MENA region and the USA.
- Explore the diverse communities of Washington, D.C. and southwest Virginia.
- Inspire the next generation of women and girls in their home countries.
Your U.S. program begins with group international travel with your fellow participants from your country with a flight escort. Meeting all the other young women selected from across your region is the first inspiring element to the program.
- Open to girls from one of the following eligible countries:
- United States
- Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia;
- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan
- Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange in July 2021;
- Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies;
- Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in technology;
- Have strong English language skills;
- Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
- Will attend at least one additional semester of secondary school upon their return to their home country; and
- Are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return home.
- Preference will be given to those who have limited or no prior experience in the United States. You are not eligible if you have travelled to the United States in the last three years as part of any other ECA exchange program.
The TechGirls program covers the following costs:
- Visa Fee
- Roundtrip international airfare from participant home country to the United States
- Housing during program
- Meals during program
- Local transportation to group program events
- Cultural events organized by Legacy International
- Emergency health insurance
HOW TO APPLY
For more information, visit the official website.