Q: What is SEALNet? What do you do?
A: You can learn more about us here.
Q: What is the Youth Leadership Summit?
A: You can learn more about the Youth Leadership Summit here.
YLS15 Application Process
Q: How does the leadership summit differ from the two-week long service leadership projects?
A: The summit is a 10-day long, fully immersive leadership experience for youths from across Southeast Asia. It will bring together experienced youth service leaders—those who have substantial service leadership in their communities or the past mentees that have gone through regular SEALNet’s projects—for open dialogue and collaboration. The summit aims to explore service leadership on a larger scale than what is traditionally covered by regular SEALNet service projects. The main focus is on personal growth and development, helping participants to realize their limitless potential in changing their communities. In addition, another strong component of the summit will be on the regional collaboration to drive Southeast Asia forward.
Some of the things you can anticipate are leadership workshops through experiential activities, group discussions on Southeast Asia with your peers, SEALNet alumni, and working professionals, and hands-on activities that you’ll do alongside your peers from other countries. As the schedule becomes more complete, more details will be provided to accepted participants.
Q: What kind of applicants are you looking for?
A: We are looking for high school to university students who are passionate about Southeast Asia and its development, and who value commitment, passion, diversity, and open-mindedness. We ask that you be open to new experiences and be willing to share and learn with your fellow summit participants.
We highly encourage past SEALNet mentees to apply. Due to the nature of this summit, we are ideally looking for students who are currently studying and/or residing in Southeast Asia.
Q: What is the target age range of the participants for this summit?
A: We are looking for students who are in either: their last 2 years of high school (or equivalent secondary education), pre-university level, or university level.
Q: I am currently a junior or senior in college/university. Can I apply?
Q: I was involved in SEALNet before as a project team member. Am I eligible to apply for the summit?
A: Yes.You may apply to the summit as long as you are in the age range of the summit.
If you are interested in assisting us with the summit in a different capacity (e.g. logistics, fundraising, publicity, etc.), please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at yls15[at]sealnetonline.org.
Q: I am not in the age range of the summit. Should I apply for YLS15?
A: Yes.You may apply to the summit as we will make exceptions on a case by case basis.
Q: How many people are you accepting for the leadership summit?
A: While there is no exact limit on the number of participants for the summit, our ideal group size would be around 27 participants.
Q: What is expected of me as a SEALNet leadership summit participant?
A: You are expected to participate in the summit with an open mind and an eagerness to receive, as well as share your own knowledge and experiences. You should be prepared to be fully present, enthusiastic, and attentive and to participate full-heartedly in all summit activities. If you do it right, you will leave the summit having connected to your peers and having created a long-lasting network!
B: You will also be expected to complete some assignments, one of them being the $200 fundraising challenge. The others will be announced once you are accepted!
Q: I would like to learn more about the summit/application process before applying…
A: Please refer to the Youth Leadership Summit overview page here and the application guidelines here to preview the application. We suggest that you look through the entire application packet and compose all your responses on your computer first, before transferring them to the online application form. This will minimize the probability of losing your work part way through due to computer/internet malfunctioning. If you have any further queries about the summit, please contact yls15[at]sealnetonline.org.
Q: When can I expect to hear back about the status of my application?
A: You will hear back from us by late March.
Q: Do I have to pay for lodging/food…?
A: SEALNet’s policy is to cover all the on-site expenses except the travel expenses to Hanoi, Vietnam, where the summit will be held. Thus, you are expected to get to (and leave) Hanoi at your own expense. Once you are there, all food and lodging on the ground will be provided for by SEALNet for the duration of the summit. You should bring along some cash, though, just in case, for personal expenditures.
However, each summit participant is responsible for fundraising USD200 towards the summit. The idea behind this is to give you a chance to try your hand at fundraising amongst your network, as it is a crucial skill for service leaders. This fundraising contribution is NOT a participation fee. Donations can be made online in the name of a specific summit participant. For US-based donors, donations to a 501(c)(3) organization are tax-deductible. A receipt with SEALNet’s tax number will be issued to all donors, in compliance with legal requirements.
Q: What if I cannot pay for the airfare to Hanoi, Vietnam?
A: We understand that airfare can be expensive, and we will be able to provide some financial aid for participants who need help with travel expenses. More details to come for accepted participants. We also encourage you to seek other sources of funding, e.g. scholarships/grants from your school.
Q: What if I arrive early? Where can I stay/what can I do?
A: SEALNet will only provide for food/accommodation for the duration of the summit. If you are arriving early, you will have to find your own accommodations and be responsible for yourself. Of course, if you opt to come early/leave late, you will have to clear it with your parents first.
Q: When will I find out more details about the summit?
A: Hang tight! We will be providing more information about the summit to accepted participants at a later date.
Q: Is the trip safe? Who will be supervising us?
A: SEALNet takes the safety of the summit participants very seriously. The summit coordinators are a team of SEALNet alumni, who range from high school to undergraduate students studying in U.S. high schools and universities. Many organizers are past project leaders and mentors who have a wide range of experience with implementing successful and safe SEALNet projects in the past. Many of us are Southeast Asian and Vietnam natives, who are quite familiar with Hanoi, Vietnam. We will be on-the-ground with the participants for the entirety of the program. Together with established local partners in the area, we have taken the utmost care to ensure the safety of the trip and have evaluated all potential risks and/or emergency situations. All of our participants will be covered by a group travel insurance policy, which provides an added level of security and peace of mind for participants.
For participants flying to Vietnam from other countries, we may be able to provide contact information of other summit participants departing from the same location. It will be your initiative to coordinate with one another, should you choose to travel to Vietnam together. More details to come for accepted participants.