Indonesian friends at the Global Youth Village

Each summer Legacy brings Indonesian students together with US students  to study democratic practices and citizen participation in both in the United States and in Indonesia. In partnership with the Center for Civic Education in Jakarta and funded by the US Department of State, Cultural and Educational Affairs, youth are carefully selected to participate in this summer program and return to their communities prepared to express and exercise their new found skills. Legacy has been enabling this project since 2003.

Indonesian participants speak with U S high school students

The young Indonesians are invited to stay in local homes, and tour Washington DC, meeting with dignitaries and civic leaders. They stay at the Global Youth Village and prepare project plans when they return to their own communities.  Projects like  Starting a Library in their Village,  Building a Playground, Community Service in a Local Orphanage.

Program aspects

  • Community immersion during which participants will live with U.S. host families in the Forest, Bedford, Roanoke area of Virginia. They  learn first-hand about community structures and citizen involvement through local area site visits. For more information on Hosting Indonesian Students.  Homestay dates: July 11-July 24, 2010
  • Leadership Training segment at Legacy’s Global Youth Village. Indonesian students will join peers from the global community at Legacy’s prepared environment.
  • Washington, D.C. trip, presentations, site visits and interviews to learn more about US history, government, and culture.
  • Follow-on component involves micro-funding for student-run projects and additional training sessions in Indonesia.

Indonesians interview U.S. Congressional candidate Sam Rasoul

The 2010 Program

July 7, 2010 to August 4, 2010,  20 Indonesian high school students and 3 Indonesian teachers visit US . This year’s participants come from the following areas of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands.

  • Gorontalo City, Gorontalo Province – Sulewesi Island
  • Cilegon, Banten Province – West Java
  • Batam, Riau Archipelago – Riau Islands

Program Details

  • Upon arrival to America, participants will live in a Washington DC area hotel for 5 days (July 7-11), learning about US history, government, and culture.
  • Participants will transfer to central Virginia for their community-immersion experience, living 2 weeks (July 11-24) with American host families. During this time, they will learn first-hand about community structures and citizen involvement through site visits organized by Legacy.
  • Program participants will conclude their U.S. visit at Legacy’s ‘Global Youth Village’ (July 24- August 3) where they will join youth from various countries and backgrounds, expanding and deepening their learning experience. IYLP participants will return to Indonesia on August 4.
  • Upon their return home, participants will have the opportunity to transfer their newly acquired skills to implement projects in their local communities.