Welcome to the YLS Program with Kazakhstan!

YLS 2020 Kazakhstan is accepting applications NOW!

Are you interested in becoming a leader in your community? Do you want to learn more about the people, culture, and traditions of another country? Do you love playing ice hockey? If yes, then you should apply to be a YLS participant in our upcoming Kazakhstan/U.S. exchange program!


More information about the 2019/2020 YLS Kazakhstan/U.S. two-way exchange:


WHEN: March 13-23, 2020

WHERE: Nur Sultan & Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

WHO: American youth female ice hockey players (16-18 years old), coaches, sport administrators.

YLS PROGRAM IS FUNDED BY: U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)/Sports Diplomacy Division.

YLS PROGRAM IS ORGANIZED BY: PH International, Waitsfield, VT; U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan.

  • In October of 2019, a selected group of youth female ice hockey players and coaches from Kazakhstan traveled to the U.S. for ten days, where they participated in a jam-packed leadership through sports program in Massachusetts and Vermont. The program included daily athletic and cultural activities which built leadership skills and foster cross-cultural understanding. The group experienced a spooky Halloween-themed hockey practice, met with an Olympic athlete, learned about their individual leadership styles, and more!
  • In the spring of 2020, a selected group of American youth female ice hockey players and coaches will travel to Kazakhstan to participate in a ten day, reciprocal ice hockey leadership program with their peers from Kazakhstan.​
  • YLS covers all participant costs, including international travel, ground transportation, lodging, and meals in Kazakhstan.

How to Apply:

  • To apply for YLS, please, fill out the online application form by clicking the button below and creating a “login.” ​
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and finalists will be announced in mid January 2020.

Application deadline: January 10, 2020  11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Questions may be submitted to ylsp@ph-int.org

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