Cultural and Educational exchange programs are one of the essential components of American public diplomacy. The U.S. Embassy/Public Affairs Section (PAS) administers a variety of U.S.-government sponsored exchange programs which build cultural ties and bridges of understanding between Liberians and Americans. They are intended to introduce Liberians to the United States and provide them with a chance to exchange ideas and experience with Americans. Active exchange programs administered in Liberia through the Public Affairs Section include:
African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP)
AWEP is a State Department initiative to identify and build networks of women entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa who are poised to transform their communities by owning; running; and operating small and medium businesses, and to drive social and economic progress in their communities and countries.
Community Solutions Program
The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in the fields of transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues and women’s issues. Community Solutions provides four-month-long fellowships at U.S. community-based non-profit or other organizations, government offices or legislative bodies. Fellows will work with community leaders to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills and professional contacts to address societal issues in their home communities.
E-Teacher Scholarship Program
The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers English teaching professionals living outside of the United States the opportunity to take one of seven innovative, online graduate level classes through the University of Oregon.
Edward R. Murrow Program
Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists brings more than 100 emerging international journalists from around the world to examine journalistic practices in the United States.
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES)
The YES program allows students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the United States.
Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings young leaders from sub-Saharan African countries to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training with the goal of creating unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.
Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program
The Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program supports long-range U.S. foreign policy priorities by offering secondary school youth (ages 15-18) and adult educators the opportunity to explore themes through three-week, intensive exchanges in the United States. A key component of the program is to develop community-based projects in their home communities to affect change upon their return home.
Sports Visitor Program
Sports Visitors are young non-elite athletes and coaches chosen by U.S. missions overseas to visit the United States for a fast-paced two week exchange program.
Study of the United States Institutes
The Study of the U.S. Institutes are five-to-six week academic programs for small groups of foreign undergraduate students, scholars, and teachers which aim to promote a better understanding of American people and institutions; explore the diversity and culture of the United States; and develop or expand curricula on U.S. studies in colleges and universities overseas. Focusing on themes in U.S. studies, Institutes are hosted by universities and colleges throughout the United States and are designed to offer a balance between academic and experiential learning though an intensive academic program, site and cultural visits, an educational study tour, and opportunities to engage with American peers through homestays, community service, and research.