Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question that is not answered by this document or the program description?

 Please carefully read the instructions below before sending an email.

 In your email, please include: 

  • a clear subject (reason for the email) in the subject line (examples: “AYLP Visa Question” or “AYLP 2021 Inquiry”)
  • in the body of the email (NOT in the subject line), please clearly state your question in ENglish. Again, please make sure that you have reviewed all the available application information and the FAQ document before sending a question.
  • both your first and last name as a signature, so the recipient knows who you are

Please email only aylpyouth@nnic.org or aylpadult@nnic.org. It is NOT necessary to send your request to any other email address.

It is not necessary to send an email to let us know your intention to apply for the program or to ask how to apply. You can simply click “Apply as a Youth Participant” or “Apply as an Adult Participant” on our main program page and begin to complete your application.

The AYLP 2021 Team will respond to your email within 48 hours. Please note that we are not in the office on Saturday or Sundays and that there is a nine-hour time difference between the U.S. and Algeria.

The AYLP 2021 Team will be in the office 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Monday – Friday. Due to the high volume of emails, we may not answer your email right away even if your email is received during these hours. It is only necessary to send one email to this address. If you do not receive a response within 48 hours, then it is appropriate to send another.

Questions about applying to the AYLP

  • I’m interested in applying as a youth participant. I will be 18 at the start of the program on June 11, 2021 but I am only in my second year of high school now and I WILL have one year of high school remaining after the end of the program (I won’t graduate until June 2022). Am I still eligible to apply?

    Unfortunately, no. It is a strict requirement of the U.S. Department of State that participants in the AYLP are both: 

    1. Between 15 and 17 years of age on June 11, 2021 (your birthday MUST fall between June 12, 2003 and June 11, 2006 to meet the age requirement for the 2021 program) AND
    2. Have one year of high school remaining after the program

    Even if you won’t graduate until the year after the program, if you do not meet the age requirement, you are NOT eligible to apply. Your birthday MUST fall between June 12, 2003 and June 11, 2006 to meet the age requirement for the 2021 program.

    In order to see if there are any other U.S. Department of State programs that would expand your capacities, we suggest you look at the U.S. Embassy to Algeria’s website

  • am interested in applying as a youth participant. I will take my baccalaureate exam and graduate in 2021, so I will not have a year of high school remaining after the program, but I will still be 17 at the start of the program on June, 11 2021. Am I eligible to apply?

    Unfortunately, no. It is a strict requirement of the U.S. Department of State that participants in the AYLP are both: 

    1. Between 15 and 17 years of age on June 11, 2021 (your birthday MUST fall between June 12, 2003 and June 11, 2006 to meet the age requirement for the 2021 program) AND
    2. Have one year of high school remaining after the program

    Even if you meet the age requirement, if you are currently in your third year of high school and will graduate in June 2021, you are NOT eligible to apply. Regardless of your age, you MUST have one year of high school remaining after the program.

    In order to see if there are any other U.S. Department of State programs that would expand your capacities, we suggest you look at the U.S. Embassy to Algeria’s website.

  • Can I submit a picture of the completed signature forms and/or letters of recommendation from my phone or camera if I don’t have access to a document scanner?

    We prefer that you scan your two completed letters of recommendation since the quality is much better, but if you do not have access to a scanner, especially given the pandemic, then it is fine to take and upload a legible picture of the whole document to your written application. Please make sure that you take a color photo, that you use good lighting, that all parts of the document are visible and that we can read every single word in the document. Document size cannot exceed 25 MB. Your application will be rejected if we cannot read 100% of the text on the page.

  • Who should write my two letters of recommendation?

    A teacher, supervisor, volunteer coordinator, coach, etc. should write your letter. We highly recommend that your letters of recommendation are NOT written by your family members or friends. Please remember to get two separate letters of recommendation form two separate people and to have them hand sign the letters.

     

  • How old do I need to be to apply for an adult participant position?

    To be eligible to apply as an adult participant, you must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program. We highly suggest that you only apply once you have finished at least your undergraduate university degree. We find that it is best to have an age gap between the youth and adult participants and usually select adult participants who are at least 23 years old. Please note this is NOT a requirement, but it usually takes at least until you are in your mid-twenties to obtain the experience and English level necessary to be a successful adult candidate. 

    Successful adult participant candidates:

    • Have experience working with and leading youth (through mentoring, leading volunteer projects with youth participants, teaching/tutoring youth, etc.)
    • Have taken leading roles in community service organizations and/or facilitating workshops
    • Have excellent English
    • Many have started a project that makes a positive change that you want to see in your community. Ask that the youth do a project to make a change in their community at the end of the program, so it is extremely useful if the adult participants have coordinated a project in their community so that they intimately understand what is required to accomplish this)
  • How much do I have to pay for this program?

    The Algerian Youth Leadership Program is fully-funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

    This program includes the following for all youth and adult participants: 

    • Transportation to and from the in-person interview the U. S. Embassy in Algiers
    • All program transportation (transportation to and from the pre-departure orientation in Algiers, flights to and from Algeria, all transportation in the U.S.)
    • All food (three meals and day and snacks) and lodging in the U.S. and Algeria as part of the program (from the pre-departure orientation to your return to Algeria)
    • Admission to all cultural visits
    • Participant insurance- the cost of any non-pre-existing medical emergency while in the U.S.

     Youth and adult participants will be responsible for paying for the following (the program will NOT pay for):

    • Gifts, souvenirs or personal purchases (clothes, electronics, additional meals and snacks as desired by the participant)
    • Any activities that the participant decides to do outside of the activities provided by the program
    • Treatment for pre-existing medical conditions (if you have an illness, injury or disorder prior to coming to the U.S., the program will NOT pay for treatment)
    • Dental or eye-care costs
    • Your Algerian passport fees
    • Your trip to and from Algiers to obtain your U.S. Visa and any fees associated with your Visa requirements
  • Do I need to have a passport in order to apply for the Algerian Youth Leadership Program?

    No, a passport is not needed to apply, but if you are selected you will need to obtain one immediately in order to obtain a U.S. visa and travel to the U.S.   

  • What is the procedure for finding and screening host families?

    The AYLP staff extensively interviews host families and ensure that they are people who are excited about having someone from a different culture in their home. If your staff would not want to stay in their home, we will not assign a guest to their home. All members of the family who are over 18 are background checked to ensure that they do not have a criminal record, their homes are visited to ensure that the family members, homes and pets are friendly and safe.  For more information about what host families must do consider, you can see this our website on home hosting.

  • Do I need to have to have a personal email address in order to apply?

    Yes, if you do not already have a personal email, please create one using one of the many free email servers available (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, and many more). Please double check that you have included your correct email address on your written application. This is the only way we have to communicate with you, so it is imperative that the address on the application is correct.

    We highly suggest that you create an account using your full name, not a nickname. Please ensure that you DO NOT change the email that you put on the application for the duration of the application process and the program. It is your responsibility to check this inbox email frequently. We will not extend deadlines because you have failed to check your email.

    Please add aylpyouth@nnic.org to your address book or “whitelist” (email addresses that are allowed to send you messages) so that emails will come to your inbox and to not your clutter/spam.