Mexico | Jóvenes en Acción (Youth In Action) 2018

July 17 – 29, 2018 (Tentative)

Theme: TBD

Language: All students speak English

Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action), is a four-week summer exchange program in the U.S. focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development for Mexican high school students. Students begin their program in Vermont, then are split into different community cities such as Louisville, then reunited in Washington, D.C. before heading back home! Students work on projects to be implemented in their home communities in Mexico and use the lessons, experiences, and tools learned while in Louisville to help them develop their action plans!

Jóvenes en Acción is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and implemented in partnership with World Learning.

Host families needed!

Read what one of our host families had to say!

“As a three time host parent of students in this program I highly recommend this experience. Getting to know these children and follow them in their endeavors to better their communities back home is so rewarding. Our family has maintained contact with all of our children. They never cease to amaze. I am proud to be a part of fostering these relationships. I feel it is an important step for this and future generations.” – Kelly


Worried about transportation and logistics? World Affairs Council helps with that!


World Affairs Council Provides:

  • Professional and cultural programming
  • All necessary transportation to and from meetings
  • All in-home orientation for hosts
  • Orientation and cultural programming for visitors

Host Responsibilities:

  • Provide a private sleeping area (students may share rooms but need separate beds)
  • Include the guest(s) in breakfast and dinner
  • Share your city with them!



Contact Visitor Program Manager, Laura Duncan, for more information! [email protected] or (502) 561-5422 x2

Mexico | Police Professionalization Exchange Program – Internal Affairs

May 13 – 16, 2018

Country: Mexico

Project: Police Professionalization Exchange Program – “Internal Affairs”

World Affairs Council is working with Global Ties U.S., in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, to implement a project of the Police Professionalization Exchange Program (PPEP) for Mexican senior law enforcement officials. The program has four components, with some participants engaging in one and others in two or more:

  • Online learning as pre-arrival training for officials traveling to the United States, or as a separate course for a larger pool of officials who will be trained virtually
  • On-site training at various U.S. police academies
  • Professional study tour experiences in cities across the U.S., exploring themes such as internal affairs
  • Hands-on training in Mexico by U.S. or regional experts based on the priorities of U.S.-Mexico security cooperation

The four components were intentionally designed to create a multi-dimensional professional development program. Most program participants are chiefs or deputy chiefs of state and large municipal police agencies, as well as directors or chief academic officers of state and large municipal police academies.

Read some of our Facebook posts from last year’s Mexican police cohort to Louisville: 2017 Opening Reception, Global Power Coffee Hour, Southern Police Institute at UofL, Meeting with John Holiday, Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (2), & Meeting with FBI Louisville Field Office Chief Counsel, SSA David Habich