Community Solutions opportunities for partners

Community Solutions opportunities for partners

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The Community Solutions Program is looking for community partners.

Community Solutions believes that connecting community leaders inspires learning and collaboration for stronger communities. Our network of leaders includes our fellows, alumni, and our community partners in the United States.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 CSP fellowship will occur virtually. Partnership opportunities for the 2021 program year include engaging with fellows by hosting a fellow virtually at your U.S. organization for an eight-week practicum, connecting fellows to the local U.S. community during their fellowship as a virtual community liaison, helping recruit fellows for the program, and more.

If you are interested in partnering with Community Solutions as a 2021 CSP U.S. host organization or community liaison, please visit the application forms below!

Community Solutions participants are among the best and brightest global community leaders working in environmental issues, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender issues. Leaders participating in the program come from over 70 countries for a virtual practicum from September 6 to October 29. 

Partnership opportunities

  • Host a fellow virtually at your U.S.-based organization: Host a fellow virtually at your organization for an 8-hour per week practicum from September 6 to October 29. IREX seeks community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, grassroots organizations, government offices, or legislative bodies that actively engage in community development projects within the United States and are passionate about global connections and cross-cultural idea exchange.
  • Facilitate cross-cultural exchange activities as a U.S. Community Liaison: Facilitate creative virtual cross-cultural exchange activities for fellows who are placed in your city to foster mutual understanding and help fellows feel more connected to their U.S. host community.
  • Support the recruitment and selection of our 2022 CSP fellows: Share the Community Solutions application with your networks to help us find the best and brightest fellows and/or serve on the Selection Committee to review applications and interviews of potential fellows.
  • Share your expertise with fellows: Community Solutions engages fellows and alumni through our online Community Leadership Institute. You may serve as a panelist or lead a workshop, webinar, or discussion to share your expertise with fellows.

Application Forms and Materials

Why host a Community Solutions leader virtually at your organization?

Outstanding community leaders: Community Solutions fellows are emerging experts and leaders in their fields, who are motivated to contribute to and learn from U.S. organizations. IREX pre-screens applicants through an extensive selection process which includes detailed reviews of candidate applications, interviews in English and language testing, ensuring that leaders are qualified to contribute actively to the life of the organization and the surrounding community.

Diversity: Hosts benefit from the diverse expertise, experiences, cultures, and professional backgrounds that Community Solutions leaders bring. Leaders also bring a fresh perspective to their U.S. host organization. (see list of countries below).

International networks: Interaction with leaders often leads to new contacts and areas for future, long-term international collaboration.

Publicity: Outstanding organizations receive free promotion through IREX and the community leaders to a network of nearly 400 U.S.-based organizations and 630 global community leaders.

Lasting impact: Hosts have the opportunity to contribute to positive lasting change in community leaders’ home communities by sharing their expertise and networks.

No cost: IREX sponsors leaders’ English language testing, provides financial support, and monitors and supports the community leaders’ activities throughout the duration of the program.

Access to customized leadership coursework and networking opportunities: Hosts will be invited to participate in free, optional professional development courses.

In-person event in Washington, D.C.: If it is safe and logistically feasible for fellows and hosts to travel, 2021 hosts will be invited to attend a skill-building and networking event in Spring 2022.

Host organizations’ contributions

Host Collaborator: Previously referred to as “host supervisors,” host collaborators will virtually support the fellow at least two hours per week by co-creating a work plan with their fellow, holding weekly meetings, collaborating on deliverable(s), and facilitating networking.

Collaborate: Host organizations collaborate with fellows on one mutually beneficial project or initiative with one or two key deliverables during their virtual practicum. Hosts also provide guidance as their leaders design six-month follow-on projects to implement after the fellowship and are encouraged to collaborate with their fellows on the implementation of these projects.

Networks: Host organizations facilitate leader’s experiential learning and connect the fellow to colleagues, opportunities, and other relevant professionals within the organization and community.

Leaders’ countries

Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

East Asia and the Pacific: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

Europe: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine

Middle East & North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and the West Bank/Palestinian Territories

South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay


To learn more about being a community partner, please fill out our Partner Interest Form. For questions, please send an e-mail to