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The Global Connections and Exchange Youth TechCamps: My Community, Our Earth Program (GCE MyCOE) is looking for current high school students in the United States, Bolivia, Panama and South Africa. High school students from each of these countries will be selected to form teams and will collaborate online and in person at one of three rounds of training events to be held in Bolivia, Panama and South Africa. The overarching theme for this program will be Geotechnologies for Climate Change and Environment. Students that are selected will be given academic preparation, orientation, mentoring, training in use of geotechnologies such as online mapping, community GIS, mobile GPS, and crowd-mapping and will participate in cultural exchange activities. Youth work will be featured in an online project fair and showcased at national venues. Travel and lodging is also provided by the program.

All applicants must be both citizens of and residing and studying in the country from where they are applying. For example, US applicants must be United States citizens who both live and are currently studying in the United States. Bolivian applicants must be Bolivian citizens who both live and are currently studying in Bolivia, etc.

Applicants must be over the age of 15 by June 1, 2014, and no older than 18 years old by September 1, 2014. You should be attending at least one semester of high school after the exchange program.

Deadline for U.S. students: JANUARY 10, 2014

Deadline for international students: FEBRUARY 1, 2014

The official language of this program is English.

To read more about this program, including more detailed information about eligibility or about the countries we are working with, and more, please see You can also find a link to the application form there. Please direct any questions to mycoe [at] aag [dot] org.

This program is managed by the Association of American Geographers which serves as Secretariat for the My Community, Our Earth Partnership and receives funding and support from the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division through the Global Connections and Exchange Program.