Free Trip To The US: Malaysian Students Wanted For This Three-Week Exchange Programme

The Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) will take place in April 2018.

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If you've always wanted to go on a free trip to the US, this might be your chance

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The Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy is looking for secondary school Malaysian students to join the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) where participants will be able to go on a three-week exchange programme to the US.

The programme, which will be focused on leadership and youth development, is sponsored by the US Embassy and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.

Selected Malaysian students will be able to participate in this programme, alongside the students from nine other member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The SEALYP programme will take place in April 2018

During the three-week programme, the selected participants will live with American families for most of the exchange period. They will have multiple opportunities to not just interact with local American youth and educators, but also learn how to work and live with other people of different social and cultural backgrounds.

Selected students will be expected to be active participants throughout the whole programme to learn the skills to be effective leaders in their schools and communities through the various interactive activities that will be focused on civic education, leadership, diversity, and volunteerism.

Who is eligible?

The eligibility criteria below apply to those who are interested in joining the SEALYP programme:

• Students who are currently residing in Selangor or Kuala Lumpur
• Will be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old by 1 April 2018
• Have a high school graduation year of 2018 or later
• Have strong English skills
• Have permission from both parent(s)/guardian(s) and schools to participate in the entire program


You may download the Student Application Form from the US Embassy website and submit your application for free via email to [email protected] Applications may also be submitted via fax at +603-2148-9192.

Adults also stand a chance to join this programme as chaperone

These are the requirements that applicants must meet to qualify as a chaperone, as stipulated in the Adult Mentor Application document that was uploaded by the US Embassy:

• Currently residing in Selangor or Kuala Lumpur
• Work with youth in a professional or volunteer capacity
• Well respected in the community
• Have strong English skills
• Intend to continue working with or for youth in their careers


Those who are interested may download the Teacher/Community Leader Application Form and submit their application online to [email protected] or fax to +603-2148-9192.

A total of five students and one adult mentor will be selected for this year's programme

For more information on SEAYLP 2018, visit the US Embassy website or send your queries to [email protected]

The selected Malaysian participants for SEAYLP 2017.

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You have till 14 January 2018 to apply! Don't forget to share this story with your family and friends who might be interested to join the programme.

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