Support for Participants
Connect Before You Leave
As a CLS recipient, there are several ways to connect online with other current program participants, as well as CLS alumni and staff.
- CLS Facebook
- Instagram: @CLScholarship.
- CLS Twitter: @CLSScholarship.
- CLS Website. The CLS website is a resource for participants and alumni. The FAQ page for participants can be found here.
- After your return, be sure to join the U.S. Department of State’s International Exchange Alumni community to access additional resources and networks.
Alumni Support Network
One of the CLS Program’s most significant resources for assisting new participants is our deep pool of CLS Program alumni. Their diverse experiences on the CLS Program and the lessons they have learned are valuable tools that they can share with you. The Alumni Support Network exists to put you in contact directly with our alumni and includes our Alumni Resource Directories and our One-to-One Mentorship Program.
Alumni Resource Directories
These directories – distributed by language and organized by program site – list alumni who have volunteered to speak with you about a variety of topics, both sensitive and routine. Please take advantage of this resource – our alumni are looking forward to sharing their experiences and answering your questions about everything from weather and packing to diversity and identity abroad.
One-to-One Mentorship Program
CLS works to match interested participants individually with alumni who have expressed interest in serving as mentors for the summer. Alumni mentors will communicate regularly with participants throughout the CLS Program to provide ongoing support and experiences. If you are interested in being paired with a CLS alumni mentor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.