Global Programs


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

Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP)

World Learning’s Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP) is an online exchange program for high school students in Iraq and the United States from June to August 2017. Through DYLEP, students develop their leadership skills, learn how to work together with people of diverse backgrounds, and design concrete projects to address issues in their communities. Since DYLEP is an online program, it does not involve any travel. Students can participate from anywhere and structure the work around their own schedules.

  • be at least 15 years old but not more than 18 years old at the time of June 1, 2017;
  • have completed at least one year of high school before the start of the program in June 2017;
  • have a high school graduation year of 2018 or later;
  • have permission from a legal guardian to participate in the exchange program online;
  • reside in the United States;
  • have English language proficiency.

Applications for DYLEP 2017 are now open! They are due on April 2.

Learn more on the DYLEP website.

Seattle Language and Culture Institute

The Seattle Language and Culture Institute is an opportunity for middle and high school students to take part in a two-week global experience (July 24-August 7) on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington. The SLCI is a powerful way for students to build cultural competency, practice communication and diplomacy skills, make friends from around the world, and become not just global citizens, but global leaders.

Global Leadership class participants will take part in morning sessions focused on leadership, international awareness, and cross cultural topics. English Language class participants will spend the morning in interactive classes focused on speaking and listening skills. Afternoon excursions bring both groups together to inspire sharing and cultural exchange while enjoying Seattle and the Puget Sound region.

In addition to daily activities, students will also take part in a two-day, one-night camp experience and visit Mount Rainier with international participants.

As part of a cohort of young people from around the world learning alongside one another, students in the Seattle Language and Culture Institute will develop deep cultural awareness, global perspective, and enduring friendships with other youth around the world.

Please contact Ellen Frierson at with questions.

Go Global Language Camp

Learn Arabic, Chinese or Korean with OneWorld Now! this summer.

OneWorld Now!’s three-week summer camp for high school studentsfocuses on fostering language acquisition, intercultural understanding and a desire to experience the world. Students can enroll in beginning Modern Standard Arabic, Mandarin Chinese or Korean and will learn through immersion classes, guest speakers, cultural activities and field trips.

There is a $25 registration fee but thanks to continued support from STARTALK, there are no other fees or deposits to attend this camp; all meals, snacks and supplies will be provided. 

Click here to learn more and apply!

Global Competence Certificate Program

The Global Competence Certificate Program was created to track students' development of competencies that are critical to their success in the global economy and their abilities to contribute meaningfully as global citizens. In order to fulfill certificate requirements, students will reflect on their experiences in 3 key competencies:

Global Learning, International Engagement, Language and Intercultural Learning

This website provides a guide for parents, teachers, and students. Students will work with a faculty adviser in their school and with World Affairs Council staff in order to identify opportunities and create a plan towards achieving each of the 3 competencies. As part of the certificate program, students will create their own website portfolios.

A small group of students will be invited to participate in a pilot of the Global Competence Certificate Program. See this flyer for more details and please talk with Mr. Zeichner if you are interested in learning more. The GCC will look great on any student's resume! 

CIEE Global Navigator Program

The 2017 Global Navigator scholarship application season is now complete. This is the first year Chief Sealth has been a Global Navigator school. There were 11 total students who applied for programs/scholarships and 5 students were accepted and have confirmed their spots. 3 students were given a GNS scholarship totaling $14,000 and 2 students were given a CIEE access grant totaling $1670.00. The total amount was $15,670.00 awarded to our students!

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, Korea, 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:

Teacher Jason Glover is heading up the search for host families for visitors from our sister school in China. There will be 8 students and one teacher from 4/17 – 4/29. Jason says, “All they need is a bed, meals, and a way to and from school (Chief Sealth).  Sharing a bedroom with the same gender student is fine.  Contact me ASAP @ .”

(He’d like to have all housing arrangements settled by April 1, so the sooner you can get in touch with him, the better!)


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: April 2017

Archived Issues: click here for archive.

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