CURRENT OPENINGS: Legacy International seeks four U.S. undergraduate or graduate student leaders or recent graduates to serve as Cultural Ambassadors in the opens in a new windowSaudi Young Leaders Exchange Program (SYLEP). (June 8, 2022 update: one opening for July 3-23. )
SYLEP is a three-week multi-phased leadership experience in the U.S. for Saudi current or recently graduated university students. The program takes place in cities across the U.S. (Washington, DC, Austin, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Chicago). As the flagship Saudi youth development program of the U.S. embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SYLEP supports participants in building leadership, entrepreneurship, and professional skills, civic responsibility, appreciation for cultural diversity, and community engagement. Exploration of themes such as entrepreneurship, innovation, science and technology, community health, job readiness, youth engagement, and other issue areas support participants in their transformational experiences during and after the program. opens in a new windowLearn more about SYLEP.
Cultural Ambassadors serve as experience leaders, peer mentors, and travel leaders to the Saudi participants, engaging in a variety of professional, community, and social activities. This includes working together with a SYLEP Group Leader & Trainer while serving as a peer group leader for a mini-cohort of up to 10 Saudi participants throughout the program, including:
- Accompanying the group during events and assuring all logistics run smoothly
- Developing and facilitating some ice breaker, teambuilding and social activities, networking events, dialogues, and discussions
- Assisting the SYLEP staff with program support tasks
- Guiding the Saudi students’ understanding of community engagement and volunteerism in the U.S. through informal conversations and debriefs
- Supporting program staff to implement SYLEP’s social media strategy by gathering stories, writing copy or blog posts, taking photos and videos, etc.
- Serving as an adviser to the Saudi participants as they develop community action plans they will implement upon return to Saudi Arabia
- Supporting program staff in daily health checks (i.e. temperature checks, etc.) and all pandemic and health-related protective measures
2022 Program Dates (tentative)
Cohort One: July 3 – July 23, 2022
Cohort Two: July 31 – August 20, 2022
Some virtual pre-program training will be required for all staff in June 2022 and program debrief sessions and reporting in late August (exact dates TBD).
- Engage with emerging leaders from different cultures, while sharing approaches to common problems and gaining insights into new ways to approach one’s own efforts in the U.S. and globally
- Enhance one’s insights into Middle Eastern cultures, especially through the lens of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula
- Gain insights into and develop one’s own leadership style
- Develop as a leader with global cross-cultural competency
- Develop skills in group management, managing group dynamics, and training
- Develop skills in risk management, protocol, and high-profile initiatives of global importance
- Gain new perspectives and ideas one may draw upon in their own community engagement and innovation efforts
- Develop meaningful cross-cultural friendships and professional relationships with others around the world
- Be an integral part of facilitating a key life impact experience for peers in other parts of the world
- Serve as a cultural ambassador, representing the diversity and multifaceted dimensions of the U.S.
The following will be provided by Legacy International:
- Hotel/housing, meals, and transportation during the program (including the week between sessions)
- Program costs directly related to activities organized by Legacy (e.g. group sightseeing tours)
- Transportation costs from your home to the program start location and your return trip home (within the U.S.) following the program (by reimbursement)
- $1,500 stipend ($750 is provided at the end of each cohort program completion. Any Cultural Ambassadors participating in only one session will receive $750.) This is in addition to meals, housing, transportation, and cell phone expenses being covered.
The following are the eligibility requirements for U.S. Cultural Ambassadors:
- Current undergraduate (preferably junior or senior) or graduate students, or recent graduates from a U.S. college or university
- U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACAmented with work authorization (International students and scholars currently studying in the U.S. are not eligible.)
- Committed to leadership and community engagement, and an active participant in a university or local service organization, club or project, or active leadership roles
- Available for at least one full cohort cycle. See dates above. Preference is given to applicants who can serve for both cohorts.
- Committed to full-time engagement throughout the program, including some U.S. travel and extended workdays (mornings through evenings, Monday through Sunday, including weekends)
- Interested in and receptive to Middle Eastern cultures, and experience in multicultural environments
- It is preferable for candidates to reside, study in, or have significant past experience in one of SYLEP’s host communities: Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; or Washington, DC.
- Candidates who are fully vaccinated against COVID will be considered. Testing and quarantine prior to the start of the program may be required.
- Arabic is not required.
Discover the amazing growth and community that is cultivated during SYLEP through these blog posts written by participants, staff, and speakers.
- opens in a new windowCultural Ambassador Reflections: Amy Do, Nikki Hinshaw, & Benji Fitten opens PDF file (2019)
- opens in a new windowCultural Ambassador Reflections: Camille Mason & Haley Entrop (2018)
- opens in a new windowStaff Reflection: Amelia Hagen, Summering With Saudis (2017)
- opens in a new windowCultural Ambassador Reflection: Gabrielle Oliver, Exchange is Closer to Home than You Might Think opens PDF file (2017)
- opens in a new windowCultural Ambassador Reflection: Kiana Graves, Entrepreneurship and Go-Karts: Linking U.S and Saudi Culture (2016)
- opens in a new windowGuest Speaker Reflection: Cindy Frei, What I Learned From 40 Saudi Arabian Students Visiting America (2015)
- opens in a new windowCultural Ambassador Reflection: Abby Richardson (2014)
Interested in Applying?
Deadline to apply: April 30, 2022
Please send the following documents in PDF format to Leila Baz, HR Manager, at email@example.com new email, noting SYLEP Cultural Ambassador in the subject:
- Cover letter (including your dates of availability: both cohorts, July cohort only, or August cohort only)
- One letter of support from an advisor, professor, supervisor, or other mentor who is familiar with your leadership activities and performance
Note: Four to eight U.S. Cultural Ambassadors will be selected. Preference is given to those who can serve for both cohorts, although applications from those who can only serve one cohort will be considered.
Legacy International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks qualified applicants to represent diverse geographical, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Our goal is to select the most qualified staff. The competitive standards are set by each group of applicants. Our policy is to ensure that no employee or applicant for employment is denied equal opportunity because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other non-merit-based factor.
Employees and applicants with disabilities and disabled Veterans are encouraged to inform Human Resources if they need a reasonable accommodation to perform a job for which they are otherwise qualified. The Legacy International makes, and will continue to make, reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant or employee to promote the employment of qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled Veterans, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the operations of the Legacy’s business.
Legacy International has a 40+ year track record providing safe and enriching programming. During this pandemic, our Health & Safety Team continuously monitors the global and local health advisories. In 2021, we adjusted how in-person exchange programming is delivered so preventative measures to mitigate the spread of communicable diseases are at the forefront. The safety of our staff, exchange visitors, program partners and their families is our priority. All participants will benefit from rigorous testing and other program modifications as we implement these plans and once again enjoy rewarding cultural immersions.
SYLEP is initiated and supported by the Embassy of the United States in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.