Ways to Engage

The Stevens Initiative offers a number of ways to get involved with virtual exchange that range in effort and experience required. From joining an existing virtual exchange to receiving training in program design and practice, explore ways to engage with us below.

Join a Program

Bring virtual exchange to young people without having to design a program of your own! Individual educators or entire educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations can incorporate virtual exchange into classrooms and extracurricular settings by implementing an existing program. The Stevens Initiative will connect programs with participating institutions and educators to access content, international partners, technology, facilitation training, and other forms of guidance and support.

Join a Program

Mobilize Youth Participation

Open enrollment programs allow young people to apply to and participate in a virtual exchange on their own time. Educators, youth organizers, and administrators can reach out to the Stevens Initiative to receive recruitment materials for spreading the word about these opportunities to young people.

Mobilize Youth Participation

Train for Virtual Exchange

The Stevens Initiative provides capacity-building opportunities to educators, administrators, and education and exchange leaders reaching young people of all ages around the world. Its flagship training, the Virtual Exchange Academy, is an annual six-week training that teaches foundational elements of virtual exchange planning and implementation. Explore additional opportunities in the training hub.

Virtual Exchange Academy Training Hub

Apply for a Grant

The Stevens Initiative runs competitions to give grants to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that administer virtual exchange programs connecting youth in the United States and the MENA region.

2023 Virtual Exchange Grant Competition

Attend an Event

The Initiative hosts events, both in-person and online, throughout the year to provide tools for and knowledge about virtual exchange implementation. These events are open to any interested individual or organization looking to learn more about virtual exchange.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions are half-day presentations (in-person or online) providing an introduction to virtual exchange, the Stevens Initiative, and basic steps for getting involved in a program or starting a new one.


Workshops are two-day in-depth trainings during which attendees learn about several critical aspects of successful virtual exchange programs, such as international partnerships, facilitation and facilitator training, and monitoring and evaluation.


Webinars are hour-long online, panels, interviews, or presentations on a range of topics such as different approaches to virtual exchange, evaluating virtual exchange programs, and using virtual exchange as part of campus internationalization.

Upcoming Events

Planning is underway for future events. Check back soon for updates.

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