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World Affairs Challenge Virtual Exchange

AFCD Foundation team leaders, believe that young people can turn their ideas into real action, especially while working cross-culturally, it is immensely powerful and transformative, setting them on a path toward meaningful global citizenship and community involvement.

The J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative Program, administered by The Aspen Institute and funded by the U.S. Department of State, has awarded a grant to World Denver to design and implement a virtual exchange program between high school-aged students in Colorado and students in the Middle East/North Africa region called the World Affairs Challenge Virtual Exchange (WACVE).

We hosted World Affairs Challenge Virtual Exchange in partnership with WorldDenver. It is a 10-week exchange program between students from North Africa, the Middle East, and the state of Colorado who are aged 14–17 and are interested in working with peers from around the world to practice leadership development, cross-cultural communication, and project management.


01. Project Straegy

The program is in the form of a ten-week exchange supervised by supportive facilitators, a team of peers in two countries, as well as the availability of expert guidance from World Denver and its partners. It’s a program that adopts a mutual learning approach in which both American and Moroccan students should learn from each other and share their ideas and knowledge with each other.

It aims to reinforce the spirit of international collaboration and peaceful exchanges on an individual level by creating a canal of exchange far from what’s being spread on the media, and especially from an early age to form a generation conscious of the importance of multilateral cooperation between cultures, and that goes beyond geographical borders, and stereotypes as well.

02. Project Objectives
  • Strengthen engagement between young people in the Middle East and North Africa and the United States
  • Stimulate collaboration between participants from both sides to work on developing solutions to local problems related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Enforce project-based learning and international collaboration to enhance participants’ global competency and to help them gain critical career readiness skills.
  • Prepare students for success through a curriculum focused on cross-cultural communication, leadership development, and project management skills
  • Strengthen participants’ critical thinking and collaboration skills
  • Help them turn their ideas into action, especially while working cross-culturally
  • Implant meaningful global citizenship and community involvement
  • Inspire participants to work together for the betterment of their communities and themselves as individuals.