Each ACYPL delegation reflects the political, gender, geographic, and ethnic diversity of each participating country. American delegations consist of equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, and are escorted by an ACYPL Charter Alumni Council member.
Throughout the year, the ACYPL Outreach Manager contacts nominees to invite them to participate in upcoming international exchanges. Seven to 10 individuals are selected for each American delegation, and are notified 4-8 weeks prior to departure. Selected delegates are asked to pay only for travel to Washington, DC for a day of pre-departure briefings and for travel back home from the United States point of entry airport, as well as for personal hotel incidentals and shopping. All travel, hotels, and food costs are covered by ACYPL.
Other Exchange Activites
Latin American Legislative Fellows Program
ACYPL’s 2012-13 Western Hemisphere Legislative Fellows Program will provide international participants from Argentina, El Salvador, and Peru with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the vital role that a diverse civil society plays at all levels of the US political processes and how this involvement informs and enhances political transparency and accountability as well as American democracy. International fellows will strengthen their understanding of American governance, politics, and the legislative process by serving in a month-long professional fellowship. The American program participants will gain knowledge and insight into the government and political dynamics of the country in which their hosted fellows live and work.
Cairo University Model American Congress Program
The Model American Congress (MAC) Program was initiated at Cairo University in 2003 with support from the United States Department of State through the US Embassy in Egypt. The year-long academic program is offered to outstanding graduate and undergraduate public policy, political science, and economic students interested in exploring the role of the US Congress in American politics and governance. ACYPL develops and manages a 2-week Washington, DC program for the top 10-15 students to explore firsthand the work of the US Congress and Congressional campaign committees.