Student Application Information

Who is eligible to apply?

Students must…

  • be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old at the time of the exchange (October 15th, 2017).
  • Intermediate or higher English Level.
  • have at least one more semester of high school following the program.
  • have permission from either a parent or legal guardian to participate in the three-week program to the United States.
  • Citizenship and current residency in Peru (applicants with dual U.S. citizenship will not be considered).
  • Have permission to be absent from school for approximately 1 month.


What is the criteria for selection?

  • a demonstrated interest in and commitment to volunteer and to execute civic activities.
  • ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and tolerate the opinions of others.
  • leadership potential.
  • good social and communication skills.
  • an energetic, positive attitude.
  • commitment to implementing community project following exchange.


Encouraged to apply are those who…

  • come from underrepresented socio-economic backgrounds;
  • demonstrate interest in project and US;
  • have good academic performance; and
  • demonstrate maturity and independence.


Selection Process

  • Applicants that make it past the initial application review by our panel will be contacted for an interview in late March 2017.
  • Due to the large quantity of applications received, it is not possible to inform all applicants of their status. Thus, applicants can assume they were not chosen if they have not been contacted by Awamaki by the end of April 2017.  Please do not contact Awamaki about the status of your application.
  • Additional questions should be emailed to

*travel dates are tentative and may be subject to change depending on flight availability.


Application Instructions

Please fill out the application as completely as possible. The information you provide on this application will provide the basis for selecting participants for this program. Answer the questions carefully and completely.

Once you begin the online application you will not be allowed to save it or return to it. We strongly recommend that you gather all necessary information and compose your essays before you begin the online application. The essay questions are listed below.


Essay Questions

There is no word limit on these essays, we suggest each short essay be about 1-2 paragraphs and each long essay should be about 1 page. Answers should be written in English.


Short Essay Question #1: Why are you interested in participating in this program? What do you hope to learn?

Short Essay Question #2: Please describe a problem or need in your community. How do you know this is a problem? Why is it important? 

Long Essay Question #1: Please describe an idea you have to create positive change in your community. 

Long Essay Question #2: What makes a good leader? Using two examples, describe how you have shown leadership in your school, community, or home. 


Application deadline for all materials is March 5, 2017

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Please note the additional required documents that must be submitted with your application below.


Required Documents


  1. Application Please be as thorough as possible. This is an online form and must be submitted electronically by March 5, 2017. (Click here to access form)
  2. Personal Reference Form from a teacher or other adult outside your family who knows you well.  Ask the person to serve as a reference for you and complete the online form by March 5, 2017(Click here to access form)
  3. Parent/ Tutor Consent Form Download PDF form here, print, scan, and email to by March 5, 2017.
  4. Photo of Yourself. Please send a recent photo of yourself to Awamaki via email to by March 5, 2017.


 Do NOT contact the U.S. Embassy!

 Application Deadline: March 5, 2017