TechGirls Program

We are excited to announce that the TechGirls 2023 application is now open.

TechGrils is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire high school-aged girls (ages 15-17) from the Middle East and North Africa, and Central Asia to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Regionally focused exchange for TechGirls from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia will be held in summer 2023.

The exchange’s centerpiece will be a two-week program at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA that will include coding instruction in Java, cyber security classes, and interactive labs.  Additional activities will include site visits to Washington D.C.-based technology companies, leadership clinics, action planning workshops, community service opportunities, job shadowing, intercultural collaboration, and weekend homestays with American families in Southwest Virginia.

During the U.S.-based exchange, participants will create action plans for community-based projects that they will be required to implement upon their return to their home communities.  Projects will be designed to reinforce and support the skills and linkages acquired during the U.S. program.

 Students eligible to apply are those who:

  • Are from Lebanon, or long-term Palestinian residents. American citizens or green card holders are not eligible to apply.
  • Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange July 8th, 2023 (Born on or between July 9, 2005 and July 8, 2008)
  • Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies;
  • Intend to pursue higher education and/or careers in STEM, especially technology;
  • Have strong English language skills (advanced intermediate English skills);
  • Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
  • Will attend at least one additional semester of secondary school upon their return to their home country;
  • Are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return home; and
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements (for instance, U.S. citizens are not eligible for J-1 visa).
  • Eligible candidates must be citizens and current residents of participating countries. Third country nationals permanently living in an eligible country should contact us to determine eligibility prior to applying.

Note: Preference will be given to those who have limited or no prior experience in the United States. You are not eligible if you have travelled to the United States in the last three years as part of any other ECA exchange program.

Please note that family members of U.S. Embassy or Consulate staff. U.S. Department of State employees, family members of the administering organization or partner organizations are not eligible to apply.

TechGirls encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.

COVID-19 Contingencies

Legacy International is working closely with the U.S. Department of State, local and global health professionals to plan a program that adheres to the best public health practices. As the global health situation stabilizes, we hope to conduct the program in person in summer 2023.

Applications must be submitted online at https://techgirlsglobal.org/apply/eligibility-and-application-2/  by December 16, 2022.

All program expenses will be covered by the U.S. Department of State.