World Link’s Enhancement PAL Program

World Link's programs are scholarship based cross-cultural exchange programs that involve more than being visitors from another country. Our role is to provide opportunities for you to thrive while in the USA by observing and experiencing the culture, lifestyles, diversity, and official structures during your exchange year. It is YOUR JOB to take advantage of these opportunities available that will help to train you as a future youth leader in your home country.

Your year in America is a chance to experience new things, new lifestyles, new ideas, a new culture, and the “real America”. As a result, you will become a Global Citizen with an increased understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the world. The opportunities, or enhancement activities World Link provides you will come to be one of your most valuable possessions that you brought back home from your exchange program.


During your exchange year, you will be on one of two Enhancement PAL Activities Tracks based on your actions and involvement in the program:

School Option:

Complete all of the following basic program requirements. If all are completed you will receive a basic completion program certificate:

  • Join a school club
  • Volunteer at least 30 Community Service Hours (Need to submit  ‘My Monthly World Link Activities’ to in order to be counted.)
  • Give 1 presentation during International Education Week in November
  • Keep grade point average a 3.0 or higher to stay in good academic standing
  • Build strong ties with your host families and American peers

Advanced Leadership Option:

Designed for students motivated to go above and beyond the basic program requirements. Additional activities and awards are presented to those that participate in these advanced activities.

Complete School Option requirements with these additions:

  • Join and stay actively involved in a school leadership club
  • Strive to volunteer at least 100 Community Service Hours and receive the U.S. Department of State Volunteer Award. (Need to submit “My Monthly Activities”)
  • Do multiple presentations and cultural sharing during International Education Week to compete in World Link’s IEW Competition
  • Participate in a Holiday Volunteer Service Project
  • Complete the Melting Pot Activity in February and be a part of World Link’s Melting Pot Competition
  • Be the leader or an integral part of designing, organizing, and implementing a Global Youth Service Day Project in your host community by mid-April.  All projects will be considered for World Link’s Top Ten GYSD Project Competition.

blue-ribbon-hiStudents on the Advanced Leadership Track and in the top 10% will be invited to attend a “Blue Ribbon Advanced Leadership Workshop”.