The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. For 2017â€“2018, up to 100 community activists will be selected to participate in the program, which includes:
- Fellowship in the United States:Â Fellows are matched to host organizations throughout the US where they complete a four-month hands-on professional experience.
- Community Leadership Institute:Â Fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes face-to-face trainings, online courses, professional coaching, and networking.
- Community-based initiatives: While in the US and with the help of their US host organization, fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the US, they put these projects into action in their home communities.
The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:
- J-1 visa support;
- Round-trip travel from participantsâ€™ home city to the US;
- Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals and other living expenses while in the US; and
- Accident and sickness insurance.
Applications must be submitted online at http://oas.irex.org/csp. Applications that are mailed, faxed, or e-mailed will not be accepted.
Download the detailed instructionsÂ and review the program requirements prior to starting an application to ensure that you are eligible. Please note that eligibility requirements are determined by the USÂ Department of State and exceptions cannot be made. If you have additional questions after reviewing the application instructions, you can e-mail atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.