World Link encourages exchange student siblings and peers to get involved with their fellow exchange students in activities designed to share culture, develop leadership skills and organize service projects through the World Link Public Achievement Leadership Program (PAL).
Becoming a buddy to an exchange student and participating in PAL with them is an excellent way to become exposed to international cross-cultural communication and develop exposure and skills that will make it easier to pursue study abroad programs that are now prevalent in many college and university requirements.
“Being a buddy means a lot of things. For me, it has meant good times, cultural sharing, and endless opportunities. After hosting our foreign exchange student, I developed a love for learning about other cultures. When I became involved in World Link, I realized that I was constantly surrounded by different cultures. I began going with the students to monthly activities and befriending them on Facebook. Before too long, I was a committed part of the World Link program.”
- Emily Meek; Global Buddy in Colorado since 2014
Upon completion of the program, Global Buddy’s will receive a certificate of recognition to use for college admission or scholarship applications which demonstrates that he or she has had significant international experience. Global Buddy’s also become eligible for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award that includes a signed letter from the current President, acertificate, and a lapel pin. Buddy’s will receive this award once they have documented with World Link at least 100 hours of community service alongside a World Link exchange student.
To be a part of this special opportunity for American student peers to gain international experience and service leadership recognition as well as build lasting ties with an international exchange student; applicants must be 15-17 years old at the start of the school year as well as live in the community where a World Link exchange student is placed.
"I really like the program because it allows you to be more involved with what your exchange sibling is doing. Being a global buddy allows you to be a larger part in your sibling's exchange year which is a lot of fun. It also helps you to become more involved in your own community and makes you realize that there is a lot we can be doing right at home."
- Avery Blackmon; Global Buddy 2015-2016
To apply, please check out our Staff/Coordinators page to see if our program is in your area. If so –fill out the application form below.
Note: Since program activities are paid for by a grant from the U.S. Government for international students, U.S. participants must pay any additional expenses that the program incurs as a result of their participation. This would include paying for your own meals, lodging, and travel for overnight events if you chose to attend.