Global Programs


The Time is Now to Apply for Leadership, Language, and Travel Programs!

Youth Ambassadors Program with South America (Brazil, Chile/Argentina)

The USYA Program with South America offers two separate three-week leadership exchanges abroad for U.S. teenagers ages 15-17 and Adult Mentors: one to Brazil and two to Argentina & Chile. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the programs aim to develop a cadre of young adults in the United States who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to their communities, an awareness of current and global issues, and strong interpersonal leadership skills. The programs aim to promote mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between the United States and South America.

All Student applicants must: 

Be a U.S. citizen; 

Be between the ages of 15 and 17 during the exchange in May 2017 

Have a high school graduation year of 2018 or later; 

Attend a public high school, a public charter high school, or be home-schooled; 

Have at least an intermediate level of Spanish (Argentina & Chile program only); 

Have no previous travel outside the U.S., Canada or Mexico (certain circumstances for travel outside of North America may be accepted, including but not limited to emergency visits to visit an ailing family member in a foreign country); and 

Have permission from both parents/legal guardians to participate in the 3-week program. 

Click here to apply. Applications are due on January 13.

AFS Project: Change

AFS Project: Change is an educational contest that prompts 8th-12th graders to analyze and address global issues through volunteerism. By participating in this service learning project, students realize their potential to create global change, and build important 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, empathy and intercultural communication. 

Students enter by submitting an original volunteer project idea (via essay or video) that could have a meaningful impact abroad. If a student’s idea is chosen as the winning project, they will receive a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad and make their vision come to life. Nine other students will also receive scholarships to participate in the program.

Entries are due January 17th. Click here for more information.

WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi

Join other girls from around the world for a unique educational opportunity and rich cross-cultural experience at the 2017 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp held in Malawi from July 30 – August 15, 2017. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics. The camp will include a STEAM curriculum led by experts in their fields, as well as leadership development activities and learning excursions within Malawi.

Applicants must self-identify as female and be between the ages of 15-18 to apply. It is required that applicants have at least one year of secondary school still left to complete, and can commit to attend the full duration of camp.

The deadline to complete the application is Monday, February 13, 2017. Please be sure to read the WiSci FAQs to ensure you are eligible and able to participate in the full camp before you apply. If you have any additional questions about the camp or application process, please email

China Exchange Program

Chief Sealth will be selecting ten or more students to travel to Seattle’s sister city of Chongqing, China for two weeks in spring 2018.  In all likelihood, the trip will be over spring break.  Our group will be hosted in Chongqing by Nankai Middle School, our sister school.  (In China, high schools are called middle schools).  Normally, the group travels to Beijing for a few days of sightseeing, then to Chongqing, and then back through Beijing to Seattle. Students stay with host families from Nankai school (one student per family).  Chief Sealth will host a visiting group of students and teachers from Nankai in spring 2017. Students who are selected to travel in 2018 will be expected to host the visiting students. Turn the application in to Mr. Glover. There are still several open spots!

CIEE Global Navigator Program

Chief Sealth International High School is a 2016-17 Global Navigator School. Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to receive generous scholarships to study abroad next summer with CIEE. The application deadline is February 15

CIEE offers 35 exciting programs in 21 different locations around the world.
CIEE offers three types of programs:

  • Language and Culture Programs in: Morocco, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain (2 locations) and Chile These 4-week programs use the ACTFL language assessment at the beginning and end of the program to measure and prove language progress.  The programs balance interactive instruction time with fun excursions, cultural activities and interactions with local teens. Students can work in a language they have already studied or try a new one.  These programs can earn 4 credits from Tulane University.
  • Service and Leadership Programs in: China, Dominican Republic (2 locations), Ghana, South Africa, and Mexico. These 3-week programs are developed in partnership with local NGO’s and offer a balance of service time, local excursions and interactions with local peers.  Students will make a lasting impact on a community and return with a whole new set of skills, including an action plan for service in their home communities.
  • Global Discovery Programs in Bonaire (Marine Ecology),Botswana (Wildlife Conservation), Costa Rica (Biodiversity and Conservation), Dublin (Global Entrepreneurship) Berlin (Global Entrepreneurship, Seville (Digital Filmmaking and Documentary) Tanzania (Public Health), Cape Town, South Africa (Human Rights ) and Thailand (Human Rights and Environmental Policy).   These 3-week programs will immerse students in the culture by working and studying alongside scientists in the field.

For a complete list of travel opportunities for students, please click here

Or go visit Mr. Zeichner! The bulletin board outside his room has tons of info!

Mr. Zeichner's bulletin boardTRAVEL THE WORLD

Travel / Study Abroad Opportunities for Students
Travel / Study Abroad Opportunities for Teachers
Thanks to the generosity of a local philanthropist, Chief Sealth is able to award $15,000 of Travel Experience Grants to students each year. This year's application deadline has passed. Students should apply to the program(s) they want to join and then they can apply for the Travel Experience Grant after the are accepted. Many students are able to combine financial aid packages from their program and the Travel Experience Grant to cover most costs. The primary requirement is that the student choose an experience that will take him/her outside of his/her comfort zone. Financial need and the student's prior travel experience is also considered. 

We are excited to announce that Chief Sealth has just been accepted into the Global Navigator Scholarship Program for summer study abroad by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Our school will be able to award $25,000 of scholarships to Chief Sealth students who want to participate in CIEE summer study abroad programs in 2017. Global Navigator Schools are a select group of fewer than 100 high schools nationwide; they share a commitment to global competence and excellence in world language instruction. The scholarship application deadline is February 15. Start browsing the CIEE catalog today. 

HOST A VISITING STUDENT (and maybe a teacher)

Chief Sealth is fortunate to host international exchange students from several different countries. This year, students from Germany, Brazil, Ukraine, and Vietnam are calling Chief Sealth home. 

If you are interested in an intercultural experience, please consider being a host family even if it is only for a short time.  Here are some current hosting opportunities:

We are looking for a host family for a 15-year-old male student from Vietnam who would like to attend Chief Sealth 2nd semester. His agency has not been able to find a family in the Chief Sealth neighborhood. Please contact Mr. Zeichner if you are intersted in hosting:

Every March, 15 Japanese high school students visit our school. Please consider hosting a student for 10 days from March 2 to 12. You get paid $250 for your trouble, and all you have to do is give them a roof over their head and three meals a day. If you’re interested, it would be a great help. Please let Mr. Hansell know if you are interested:


Noah Zeichner teaches Global Leadership and American Government, & is the Global Education Resource Teacher. Zeichner writes and publishes Chief Sealth International Global Talk - a monthly newsletter covering opportunities and activities for and by students and teachers in Seattle's ten international schools.

Global Talk Current Issue: February 2017

Archived Issues: click here for archive.

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