The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the Community Engagement and Exchange (CEE) program.
The Community Engagement Exchange Program is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue, participatory governance, women and gender, sustainable development, and youth engagement.
Fellowship components include:
- Three-month Practicum in the United States: IREX matches CEE fellows to civil society organizations throughout the United States. Designated supervisors and peers support the fellows through a three-month, hands-on professional practicum.
- Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy: CEE Fellows explore the program themes through interactive curriculum that includes service learning, face-to-face trainings, mentorship, professional coaching, and inclusion in a global network.
- Community Engagement Project (CEP): With the help of their US host organization and mentors, CEE fellows design and plan a community engagement project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the US, they put these projects into action in their home communities.
- Community Engagement Project (CEP) Exchange: Select US hosts and CEE Specialists will travel to a CEE Alumnus’ country and work collaboratively to support the fellow’s project implementation and bring back what they learn to strengthen communities across the United States or their home country.
- J-1 visa support
- Round-trip travel from participants’ home city to the US
- Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the US and
- Accident and sickness insurance
- You are between the ages of 21-28 at the time of application
- You are a citizen of Lebanon
- You have a minimum of two years of professional or volunteer experience at the time of application
- You are living and working in your home country
- Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration
- You are working on a community engagement initiative in your home country, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, with a vision to pursue a career working to support civil society
- You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application
- Semifinalists will be required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test
- You are available to travel to the US for three months
- You are committed to returning to your home country to complete a Community Engagement Project (CEP)
- You are not a citizen or permanent resident of the US and have not applied for US permanent residency within the past three years
- You are eligible to receive a US J-1 visa
- Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the US Government must have fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application
- You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program and
- You are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member
For more information, visit https://lb.usembassy.gov/community-engagement-and-exchange-cee-program/