WYA Africa and WYA Asia Pacific Launch Cultural Exchange Program

Have you been yearning to make new friends and connections? Do you have ideas and beautiful stories that you’d like to share with young people from other cultures? Have you always been curious about WYA’s mission of dignity and international relations? 

World Youth Alliance Africa and World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific bring you, Friends Beyond Borders: A Cultural Exchange Program between African and Asia Pacific Youth.

Amidst the many changes and challenges young people are going through at this time, their yearning for connection is stronger than ever. It is WYA’s mission to make sure young people are able to achieve this, truly flourish and acquire the tools and ideas necessary to be in true solidarity with the world around them.

If you are a young person, aged 18 to 25 years old from a country in Africa or Asia Pacific, and interested to make new friends while getting a deep fruitful education about the WYA mission, then this program is for you. Friends Beyond Borders is a special 2-week program that takes it’s delegates through various cultural activities and WYA’s premier course, the Certified Training Program (CTP). The CTP is a special course that takes one through the several texts revealing and outlining underpinnings of the concepts of human dignity, freedom and solidarity.

At the end of the program, each student will undergo a certification exam that tests the knowledge they have gained about WYA, its mission and the fundamental ideas of dignity. Those who complete the program will be eligible to take part in WYA’s advanced program and international cohorts that represent youth at the UN and EU. 

Program Components:

  • Reading and Discussing 7 Chapters of the Certified Training Program (CTP)
  • Enrollment to the Online Training Zone (OTZ)
  • Virtual Tour of sites in Africa and Asia Pacific
  • Solidarity Friendship Night
  • Talent Night
  • Introduction to World Youth Alliance Opportunities
  • Accreditation Exam

Daily Schedule

August 9 – Chapter 1

August 10 – Chapter 2

August 11 – Chapter 3 / Virtual Tour: AP

August 12 – Chapter 4 / Virtual Tour: Africa

August 13 – Chapter 5 / Talent Showcase

August 16 – Chapter 6 / Introduction to WYA Programs

August 17 – Chapter 7

August 18 – Consultation / Solidarity Session

August 19/20 – Virtual Interviews

*Subject to change without prior notice

Eligibility and Fees:

The program is open to youth from Asia Pacific and Africa, aged 18 to 25 years old.

Program fee is 5 USD (PHP 240 / KES 500)

Payment due after acceptance. Payment instructions will likewise be sent upon acceptance. 

Scholarships (Fee Waiver) are available for select applicants. Instructions are found at the end of the application form. 

To apply, visit bit.ly/FriendsBeyondBorders.

Deadline of applications is on July 25, 2021 11:50 (Kenya GMT+3)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is World Youth Alliance?

World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people ages 10 to 30 years old that is committed to promoting and defending the dignity of people at the local and international level.  A UN-ECOSOC Accredited organization, WYA is present in 6 regions globally. It’s headquarters is located in New York City.

What is Friends Beyond Borders?

Friends Beyond Borders is a joint project by two World Youth Alliance Regional Offices. 

World Youth Alliance Africa (based in Kenya) and World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (based in Manila) have teamed up for this 2-week virtual cultural exchange between young people from Africa and Asia Pacific. It’s a program that will offer both cultural activities and intellectual discussions through the Certified Training Program. 

Where will the sessions be held?

Video Conference via ZOOM and Airmeet*

*To be confirmed

What is the CTP?

The Certified Training Program is the premiere course that WYA offers to its members that allows them to better understand WYA’s advocacy and the philosophical underpinnings of human dignity and its associated ideas. The CTP takes members through 7 different chapters.

Completion of the CTP will grant that member with opportunities to participate in WYA’s more advanced programs as well as to represent WYA in an official capacity at the United Nations or European Union.

Trainees who take the CTP during Friends Beyond Borders will be taught by CTP Trainers from both Africa and Asia Pacific. 

What will I get out of joining this?

The program will allow young people to widen their network and improve their leadership/social skills. The programs also allow for collaboration and promote understanding and healthy friendships between young leaders. The CTP also allows those who finish it to represent WYA internationally at different events. 

Am I required to take the CTP upon acceptance into the program?

Yes, the CTP is an integral part of the program hence all accepted applicants must be committed to finishing it. 

How old must you be to join?

All youth between the ages of 18 to 25 are welcome

Which countries are you prioritizing?

All applicants must be from Africa or Asia Pacific. 

Why is there a fee?

The fee will serve as your donation to the mission of WYA in its continuing work with many volunteers to pursue its programs such as this. 

I have already been certified. Can I still join?

The program was made to cater to non-certified members, but willing to take part and become active with WYA. If you are certified and are a trainer, email your region to know how you can volunteer. 

Can I get refunded in case I change my mind about participating? 

We do not issue refunds after the payments have been made and transferred.

How can I take part in the activities mentioned in the schedule?

All accepted applicants will be contacted for pre-work before the actual activities begin.

Who can I reach out to for questions?

For applicants from Africa, kindly email africa@wya.net. For applicants from Asia Pacific, kindly email asiapacific@wya.net.