Share American culture with a young leader from Saudi Arabia!

  • Virginia Host Citiy: Blacksburg and Roanoke region
  • Pennsylvania Host City: Pittsburgh
  • Texas Host City: Austin

2017 Home Hosting Dates:   Fri, July 14 (late afternoon) through Sunday, July 16 (evening)

Legacy International is pleased to host 36 young Saudi leaders for a dynamic, 3-week leadership training experience. The Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program (SYLEP) is initiated and supported by the Embassy of the United States in Saudi Arabia.   Participants in SYLEP 2017 will cultivate an entrepreneurial profile through development of workplace and personal effectiveness competencies, in addition to polishing the soft skills necessary for career success. They will also observe how individuals, non-governmental organizations, government entities, and businesses address community needs through innovative public, private, and joint initiatives.

American families play a central role in the overall experience of international guests. Through time spent with US families, our visitors come to understand U.S. cultural values and our diverse way of life.  Over 450 Virginia and Washington, DC area families, companies, and organizations have participated in hosting Legacy International visitors since 1994.  Legacy’s partners in Pittsburgh (GlobalPittsburgh) and Austin (University of Texas Austin International Office) have similar histories of providing quality exchange experiences in their regions.

The 2017 US program consists of three components:

  1. Leadership Clinic (Washington, DC):  Utilizing interactive learning methods, each participant will be guided in meaningful ways to explore their own vision and commitments, abilities, leadership styles and to develop a basic understanding of the elements needed to plan and execute a self-designed leadership project.
  2. University & Community Immersion: Saudi participants will divide into three subgroups and visit Pittsburgh, PA, Blacksburg/Roanoke area in Virginia, and Austin, TX. They will live on a college campus (or nearby hotel), and spend a weekend living with host families to gain more insights into American daily life. On weekdays, the Saudi students will visit various organizations, learning about a wide range of project models and youth leadership opportunities.
  3. Innovation Summit (Washington, DC): The final week in the U.S. will focus on the practical application of what has been observed.  Facilitated sessions on project planning, teamwork, budgeting, and partnership-building will guide Saudi youths through the development of their project ideas.

We invite you to read more about the benefits of hosting and to browse through our Hosting FAQs.  Many of Legacy’s host families have sent us comments reflecting on their appreciation of the hosting experience.

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