Community Solutions opportunities for 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.
Partnership opportunities include engaging with fellows by hosting a fellow at your U.S. organization for a four-month practicum, connecting fellows to the local community during their four-month U.S. fellowship, helping recruit fellows for the program, and more. If you are interested in partnering with Community Solutions, please complete the Partner Interest Form.
Community Solutions participants are among the best and brightest global community leaders working in transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and women and gender issues. Leaders participating in the program come from over 70 countries for a fellowship in the United States from late July/August to December each year.
- Host a fellow at your organization: Host a fellow at your organization for a 35-hour per week practicum from August to December. Alternatively, partner with another organization in your city to co-host a fellow. 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.
- Connect fellows as a Community Liaison: Become a connector in your U.S. community to help fellows navigate their new city, and arrange events that connect leaders with one another and local community members.
- Host a fellow in your home: Host a fellow in your home for a unique cultural exchange experience.
- Recruit and help select 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 convenes fellows in Washington, D.C. at the start and conclusion of their U.S. experience and engages fellows and alumni through our online Community Leadership Institute. Individuals can serve as a panelist, lead a workshop, webinar or discussion to share their expertise with fellows.
Why host a Community Solutions leader 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, and cultural and professional backgrounds leaders who bring a fresh perspective to their 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 approximately 300 U.S.-based organizations and over 550 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’ visas and English language testing, provides complete financial support, and monitors and supports the community leaders’ activities throughout the duration of the program.
Host organizations’ contributions
Practicum Supervisor: Host organizations will designate a full-time, mid- or high-level staff member who has more advanced professional experience and expertise than the fellow. This individual should be excited to supervise a fellow from a different culture and background who is focusing on similar technical areas, and will guide the fellow in their professional growth.
Peer Learning Counterpart: Host organizations will also designate a full-time, early to mid-level staff member who has similar professional experience and technical interests as the fellow. The Peer Learning Counterpart’s role is to provide useful information about the organization before arrival, welcome the fellow at the office, identify networking and professional development opportunities of mutual interest, and collaborate with the fellow on a project throughout the practicum.
Collaborate: Host organizations collaborate with fellows on mutually beneficial projects during their U.S. practicum. Hosts also provide guidance as leaders design six-month follow-on projects to implement in their home countries 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 networking.
Work space: Host organizations provide office space or other work space (shared if necessary).
Resources: Host organizations offer access to computer, e-mail, and Internet facilities during business hours.
Sub-Saharan Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
East Asia and the Pacific: Burma, Brunei, 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, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine
South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
Middle East & North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and the West Bank/Gaza
Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay