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China Leadership Youth

What do you want to do in the future? Many of our participants are searching for a meaningful answer to that question, and that search leads them to VIA. We focus on building our participants’ leadership, cross-cultural communication, and creative problem-solving skills to address social problems and challenges in the US and Asia. By connecting with with a network of peers across the Pacific, VIA participants discover their potential and their passion for sustaining a lifetime of positive impact as global changemakers.

Programs in Asia

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Global Community Fellowship

The Global Community Fellowship is a one-year placement at a school or NGO in Asia. This fellowship is open to US university graduates and professionals (must have a bachelor’s degree). US citizenship or residency is a requirement for most placements.

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Culture & Social Impact in Indonesia

VIA builds on over 40 years of experience in Indonesia, where Global Community Fellows have been placed in environmental and community development NGOs, as well as English-teaching positions at universities. In collaboration with our non-profit and educational partners, we offer short-term summer internships with local NGOs, graduate-level field research opportunities, and cross-cultural leadership development for high school students.

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Leadership & Sustainability in China

From Guangzhou to Yunan, VIA connects with wide-ranging and diverse community partners in China. Our short-term programs for high school and university students focus on environmental sustainability, grassroots cultural and ecological preservation, and community leadership.

Programs in Silicon Valley

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American Language & Culture

Via’s American Language & Culture program combines academic English classes with educational activities aimed at exploring contemporary American culture. English classes are offered by the Stanford Language Center, and are designed to improve students’ oral communication in English while providing analysis of a variety of sociocultural issues especially in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area.

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Culture & Innovation in Health Care

VIA’s comparative health care programs empower medical students from across Asia to become empathetic, self-aware doctors able to communicate across boundaries. Programs combine cultural immersion, critical analysis and experiential learning activities with opportunities to experience the clinical, technological and entrepreneurial forces dramatically reshaping health care in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Global Leadership & Engagement

The Global Leadership and Engagement (GLE) programs bring students from across Asia to learn and share their perspectives on pressing global challenges. Students will visit innovative organizations tackling complex social issues, join exciting workshops to develop community leadership skills, and design a social-issue-based project to lead after the program.

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Social Innovation & Design-Thinking

VIA believes in the transformative power of innovation to turn our most challenging social issues into opportunities for creating a brighter future. Through short cross-cultural and immersion trips, participants can experience the possibility of a better world by visiting social enterprises, learning the skills to create their own innovations for social good and creating a strong network of international changemakers.

Other Opportunities

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Study Tours

Originally designed as alumni tours, our short tour programs are now open to friends, family, professionals, and anyone else interested in learning about the regions and partners within VIA’s unique ecosystem. Past tour destinations have included western China, Myanmar/Burma, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

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Custom Programs in Asia

VIA designs and manages custom experiential education programs which range from 10 days to 10 weeks. Our programs allow colleges and universities to leverage VIA’s 50 years of experience managing experiential education programs in Asia for students and professionals. Our staff are seasoned professionals, with years of experience living and working in the countries where we operate. In recent years, we’ve designed and run programs for Stanford University, the University of California Education Abroad Program, Duke University, Haverford College, George Mason University, and the Department of State. Programs are available for groups and individual placements.