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Ages: 16-18

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

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1220 L St. NW, Suite 100-161
Washington, DC USA 20005

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An intensive academic enrichment summer camp offering rising juniors and seniors college-level coursework in international affairs and leadership training in Washington DC. Read More!

About AIDemocracy Global Scholar


American University, Washington, D.C.
July 20 - August 2, 2014

Global Scholar is an intensive global leadership summer camp for high school students who are eager to build a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. We believe that today's leaders must possess a firm understanding of global challenges, be confident in their ability to mobilize others, and have the skills and opportunities to make change happen. Global Scholar is unique in that it provides all three, in a unique, hands-on, affordable and fun package!

Program highlights include:

  • Seminars with policy experts on key global challenges like security, climate change, and the rights of women and girls. Last summer we met with Heather Hurlburt, the Executive Director of the National Security Network, Steve Grand, the Director of the U.S. Relations with the Islamic World Project at the Brookings Institute, and many more. See a list of seminars on our website:
  • Visits to embassies, Capitol Hill, think tanks, USAID and other D.C. institutions. In 2012, Scholars met the Ambassadors from Afghanistan, Bahrain and Niger, toured the World Bank, USAID and State Department, and met with their Senator's offices on Capitol Hill to discuss foreign policy challenges including the global food crisis and child marriage.
  • Workshops on leadership, communications, public speaking, advocacy and policymaking. Led by expert youth organizers, the workshops are a highlight of the program. Scholars leave with an extensive toolkit they can put to use right away on their campuses or in their communities. See a list of workshops on our website:
  • A campaign innovation clinic, which gives Scholars the valuable opportunity to practice many of their new skills and develop a project or campaign they can take home to their campus or community!
  • And of course, exploring beautiful Washington D.C. in the summertime! Last year we visited the Smithsonian Museums and Kennedy Center, went to a Nationals Game, and checked out fireworks on the National Mall!  

This summer we're also excited to announce new partnerships with leading organizations working on global issues: Care USA, Action Aid and the Global Campaign for Education. We'll be spending time at the offices of each of these groups to learn about how they address challenges including climate change, protecting the rights of women and girls, and access to education. It will be a fantastic opportunity to learn directly from people doing this work on a daily basis (and to see what it's like to work on international issues too!).

Global Scholar is the only summer program on global issues that offers a robust mix of both seminars and skillbuilding; we believe that teenagers shouldn't just get informed, they should get activated to build a better world. Find out more online at:

Q & A with AIDemocracy

Q:  What makes your camp or program unique?

A:  What makes our programs different? There are lots of great programs out there. Here's how we're different:

  • We focus on building global leaders who have both the knowledge and the skills to make our world a better place. Many programs just offer coursework. We go beyond the classroom to offer extensive leadership, communications and advocacy training. Scholars also meet and learn from experts and practitioners working on some of the greatest global challenges facing us today. They also draft real projects or campaigns as part of our campaign innovation clinic.   
  • We’re affordable. We’re run by a national student organization, and we charge just enough to cover our costs.  You’ll find that our programs are significantly less expensive than almost any competitor program (often by as much as half!). This isn't a business for us; we're not out to charge students and their families exorbitant fees to participate. Rather, we see this program as our contribution to empowering a generation to build a better world. We offer scholarships, and can help you fundraise from family and friends to attend.
  • The Global Scholar experience extends way beyond the session. We are closely allied with a broader movement of over 30,000 young global citizens taking effecting change on their campuses and in their communities. Scholars have the option of joining this network upon completion of the program, to either lead events on their campuses or help direct our work at the national level. Since 2002, Americans for Informed Democracy (our non-partisan parent organization) has organized thousands of events involving over 100,000 students on campuses across the United States.

Q:  Describe a typical day in your camp or program.

A:  Mornings: Seminars on global challenges, from climate change to nuclear weapons. We meet with experts and policymakers working on the front lines of these issues, both at American University and in their offices in downtown Washington.
- Afternoons: Skillbuilding workshop, for example on public speaking, leadership or using social media for advocacy.
- Evenings: Relax, head out for dinner in Washington, D.C. or work on group projects.
Throughout the course of the program we have lots of time to explore Washington, D.C. and make new friends.

Q:  What type of teenager participates in your camp or program?

A:  The typical Global Scholar is interested in global issues, and the role of youth in building a more peaceful, healthy, just and sustainable world. Scholars don't need prior experience in these issues, as long as they have a sincere desire to learn.

Q:  Where do your participants come from?

A:  Most students are from the US, and a few from abroad.

Q:  What is the housing like and what can you tell us about the meals?

A:  We stay in the dorms at American University, and eat in AU dining halls. The dining hall has lots of healthy options, including vegetarian items.  

Q:  Please describe what teens have to say about your program.

A:  Check out some quotes from past participants and their parents:

  • "My son ... was glad to be part of a diverse yet cohesive group. He met people of all different backgrounds, which enabled him to see world events through different points of view. And they all shared contact information so I am hoping that they can stay in touch.” - Anne, mother of Global Scholar participant
  • “I learned that there are others, like me, who care about building a better world for ourselves and the future.” - Daphnee, Global Scholar alum
  • “Global Scholar taught me that every action we take has a global impact. After participating, I am more prepared to go out into the world and make it a better place.” - Daniel, Global Scholar alum
  • “As a parent I truly want to thank you for giving my daughter such an enjoyable and gratifying experience. I think what I am most pleased with is that she meet a well rounded group of young people that truly are her peers.” - Jan, mother of Global Scholar participant

Q:  Any other information you think teens should know about your program?

A:  We are the most affordable global leadership program out there.

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mariah.n said...
Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm
I partcipated in Global Scholar in 2013 and I can honestly say that it was the best summer program I've done thus far. I learned so much about different NGO's and global issues and it really opened my eyes to the many opportunites available. I was so inspired after the program that  I went back to my high school and started a anti-poverty club called CARE, global scholar helped me learned how to create a effective campaign, which greatly helped me recruit people for my club. It'... (more »)
EBell said...
Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:29 am
This amazing summer program gives you the chance to visit embassies, to talk one on one with people working in think tanks, government agencies, and activist networks, and to explore D.C. Because of the small size of the group, you are able to bond with your fellow Scholars, and also to experience opportunities you wouldn't in a larger program, such as being invited to dinner at the Bahraini embassy! Not to mention the incredible skills training program that culminates in a lobbying trip to ... (more »)
mbeevs said...
May 27, 2012 at 7:47 am
I'm a former participant, and really recommend Global Scholar. I learned about important issues like poverty and conflict. We spent lots of time talking about how to do things to solve these problems, including visiting our senators, or organizing an event or project. I've been really interested in international affairs since I studied abroad, but Global Scholar really helped me put everything in perspective. I now know what I can do as a student, and what others are doing. We did lots of cool s... (more »)
AndrewIII said...
May 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Global Scholar is honestly one of the better summer programs that I've been a part of. Before doing Global Scholar the summer before my senior year of high school, I didn't really know yet what I wanted to pursue as a major in college (I mean, could you blame me, I was 16). I had traveled abroad the summer before and was really interested in talking about foreign affairs in all my AP classes, but I never really thought much of it. Global Scholar definitely helped to push me in the direction of f... (more »)
LindaS said...
May 16, 2012 at 10:39 am
My daughter attended Global Scholar, and had a wonderful experience. She met so many fascinating speakers, and really gained a firm understanding of the global issues  facing us all. She now "gets" current events, and I see her applying this knowledge to her studies. The program also helped build her confidence as a young woman who has the power to speak out about issues she cares about. She was particularly fond of the public speaking training, and the visit to Capitol Hill. We highly rec... (more »)
darrens said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 10:07 am
I am a student who attended Global Scholar in the Summer of 2008. I am currently a freshman at American University in Washington D.C. double majoring in International Studies and Communications. I can honestly say that Global Scholar was the biggest catalyst in getting me where I am today. I was so inspired by the high school students who had such a zeal to learn about the world. I was entirely awestruck by the interns and young employees at AID. I had no idea that college students could ... (more »)

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