Welcome to the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program Blog!

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), with funding from the U.S. Department of State, offers the Professional Fellows Program – an opportunity for young professionals from Southeast Asia to learn about environmental sustainability and legislative process and governance through a four-week fellowship with a U.S. local government and/or organization. Fellows are part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), a program that enables young leaders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to work directly with American counterparts to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills and professional contacts to address challenges and create new opportunities in their home communities. Selected American counterparts have the opportunity to travel overseas for a two-week reciprocal exchange where they work with their foreign counterparts on projects of mutual importance. This site serves as a platform for both international and U.S. fellows to share their experiences and observations while on the program.

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