WASHINGTON, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cultural Vistas will welcome five young Southeast Asian leaders, representing Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Singapore, to the United States for a three-week professional tour, beginning Monday, July 27 in Washington, D.C.
This regional exchange initiative, funded by a grant through the Embassy of the United States in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and administered by Cultural Vistas is part of President Obama's Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).
The tour represents the third phase of the YSEALI Generation EARTH Regional Exchange, which began with virtual learning exercises and a four-day workshop this past April in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
During the workshop, 72 young leaders from all 10 ASEAN member states worked in teams to develop project ideas addressing a transnational environmental issue. View more from the workshop at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpKxR9SWW7I
The five participants earned this opportunity by way of their team's winning proposal to develop Log This!, a youth-focused mobile application allowing users to track and submit, to their governments, cases of deforestation and illegal logging.
The three-week tour includes visits to five U.S. cities, beginning in the nation's capital with subsequent stops in New York City; Burlington, Vermont; Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Seattle.
While stateside, the group will meet with government and educational institutions, app developers, tech startups, community organizations and NGOs to explore environmental management best practices, and learn about resources to implement their project plan and amplify it to reach a greater audience.
In each host city, the five participants will take part in various cultural and educational activities, including sharing an evening of home hospitality with an American host family.
Cultural Vistas staff has designed the tour and will travel with the group for the duration of the program.
Workshop: April 22-25, 2015 | Siem Reap, Cambodia
Study Tour: July 27-August 14, 2015 | Multiple U.S. Cities
Internships: August 24-October 16 | Washington, D.C.
Study Tour Participants:
Ak Mohd Dinie Hafizuddin B Pg Azman / Brunei
Vannak Oum / Cambodia
Arifuddin Jamil / Indonesia
Yiaheutoua Vang / Laos
Christina Ho / Singapore
About the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)
Launched in 2013, YSEALI is President Barack Obama's signature program to strengthen leadership development across ASEAN, deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthen people-to-people ties between the U.S. and Southeast Asia. Recognizing that over 65% of ASEAN's population is under the age of 35, YSEALI is a critical investment in the next generation of Southeast Asian leaders. - Learn more at yseali.state.gov.
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About Cultural Vistas
A nonprofit organization, Cultural Vistas annually serves more than 5,000 students, professionals, and emerging leaders through career-focused international internships, educational study tours, language immersion and cultural exchange programs in the United States and around the world. -- Learn more at culturalvistas.org.
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