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WHAT IS TECHGIRLS?
2020 TechGirls Virtual Camp
Tech Training & STEM Careers
TRANSFORMING LIVES

Building a new generation of Global STEM Leaders

CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Building bridges through time with host families, service projects, job shadow days, touring and more!

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What is TechGirls?

TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young women from around the world to pursue careers in science and technology.

Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 343 teenage girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen. In 2019, the program expanded to include young women from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).

In 2022, the program will expand to support 111 young women from 37 participating countries and 25 U.S. peers in a dynamic four week U.S.- based experience with a 7-month mentoring program (including pre- and post-exchange).

The core of the program is a 27-day experience in the United States in partnership with Virginia Tech University (tentatively scheduled for July 2022). TechGirls participate in an interactive technology and computer camp, then travel to one of the following cities (Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Portland or Seattle) for job shadowing at a tech company, and homestay and community service experiences. The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect – as the benefits of the exchange go beyond the TechGirls participants, but multiply to positively impact their wider communities.

This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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Testimonials

"We enjoyed meeting intelligent and charming young women from the Middle East."
Karen, VA, host family

"We have met some wonderful girls, and even travelled to their countries to meet their families."
Skip, VA, host family

The job shadow experience "enabled [TechGirls] to visualize a future with great potential."
Amy, DC, job shadow host

"I realized how fundamentally similar we all were despite coming from different cultural backgrounds."
Isabelle, CA, US ambassador

"I really enjoyed learning more about different cultures and meeting the girls. They were smart, well spoken, and inspired me to work harder."
Elizabeth, NY, US Youth ambassador

"Through the TechGirls experience, I was able to expand my knowledge of fields like cybersecurity and Java game development. TechGirls opened my eyes to STEM education in other countries."
Kavi, USA

“Cyber security classes were very important for me because thanks to our professor, I made the decision to choose cyber security for my future education in university.”
Rukhia, Kazakhstan

“TechGirls was a life changing experience. It made me want to become a better person and a braver woman in the future. ”
Rania, Algeria

Ons – Global STEM Skills

Ons, TechGirls 2017, Tunisia After participating in the TechGirls program and going through many international programs as a member in the First Skills Club Association ...

Sondos – Leadership and Relief Efforts in COVID

Sondos, TechGirls 2013, Jordan In 2013 I was chosen to participate in the TechGirls program. I thought it would be a great experience like many ...

Alyssa – Full STEAM Ahead!

Alyssa, TechGirls 2020, USA "For the past three years, I have been building an organization called Full STEAM Ahead. Our mission is to bring equity, ...