Applications for the TechGirls 2024 edition are currently ongoing. The TechGirls program is an international initiative that aims to empower and support young women (aged 15-17) from the United States and select countries worldwide in their pursuit of higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This is achieved through a comprehensive 24-day experience in the United States, in collaboration with Virginia Tech.
TechGirls Program for Young Women
During this program, participants take part in an interactive tech camp that offers hands-on training and in-depth exploration of cutting-edge technologies, as well as educational and professional opportunities in STEM disciplines. Following the tech camp, the TechGirls venture to different cities across the USA (Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, or Seattle) for community immersion and to learn more about careers in STEM.
The TechGirls program goes beyond the initial experience by providing ongoing mentorship for seven months after the participants return to their home countries. This mentorship enables them to implement community-based projects and further enhance their skills and knowledge in STEM fields, creating a positive impact in their local communities.
Benefits of TechGirls Program for Young Women
The program covers the following expenses for international participants:
- Visa fee
- Roundtrip international airfare from the participant’s home country to the United States.
- Roundtrip domestic airfare from the participant’s home city, if applicable.
- Housing during the program, including double occupancy dormitory accommodations at Virginia Tech.
- Double occupancy accommodations at a hotel in Washington, D.C.
- Local transportation to group program events.
- All meals will be provided during the program, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Cultural events organized by Legacy International.
- Emergency health insurance.
Students eligible to apply are those who:
- Citizens of one of the eligible countries/territories and currently living in that country/territory at the time of the exchange. The region includes:
- Sub-Saharan Africa (AF): Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia.
- East Asia and Pacific (EAP): Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Vietnam
- Eurasia and Europe (EUR):, Cyprus, Montenegro Greece, Kosovo, Türkiye, and Albania.
- Middle East and North Africa (NEA): Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia.
- South and Central Asia (SCA):, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Pakistan.
- Western Hemisphere (WHA): Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Suriname.
- United States of America
- The age requirement for participating in the exchange is between 15 and 17 years old at the beginning of the program on July 13, 2024.
- Individuals who were born between July 13, 2006, and July 13, 2009 are eligible.
- They should have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies.
- Their intention is to pursue higher education and/or careers in STEM, especially technology.
- They possess strong English language skills (advanced intermediate level).
- They exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness.
- Upon returning to their home country, they commit to attending at least one additional semester of secondary school.
- They are dedicated to completing a community-based project upon their return home.
- They meet the eligibility requirements for a U.S. J-1 visa (Note: U.S. citizens are not eligible for this visa).
- Eligible candidates must be citizens and current residents of the participating countries. Third-country nationals permanently living in an eligible country should contact the program to determine their eligibility prior to applying.
- Preference is given to individuals with limited or no prior experience in the United States. Those who have traveled to the United States within the last three years as part of any other ECA exchange program are not eligible.
- Family members of U.S. Embassy or Consulate staff, U.S. Department of State employees, and family members of the administering organization or partner organizations are not eligible to apply.
- TechGirls welcomes applications from individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and skills, including those with disabilities.
How to Apply For TechGirls Program for Young Women 2024
December 8, 2023.
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