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LI International



Hello and Welcome to LI International.

Do something awesome! Travel with purpose! Become a part of the student leadership team that wants to be in the forefront of seeking lasting solutions to critical global issues. Join us at LI International.

Who We Are

LI International is the international arm of the Leaders Institute where students develop leadership skills through the design and implementation of community impact projects around the world. As a result, student leaders develop a deeper understanding of the world and discover their ability to create meaningful impact.

Our Commitment

Our commitment is to connect you with exceptional educators, who are deeply committed to providing learning experiences that are culturally sensitive, ethically sound and transformative. We are committed to fostering an environment that seeks answers to critical questions about ourselves and the world as a platform for powerful learning.

The LI International Experience

Travel, learn and work with an exceptional group of student leaders and program staff to enhance international understanding and foster friendships through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities. Through the exchange of ideas and experiences with people of different countries and diverse cultures, you will not only see the world, but will be an active force in creating and sustaining positive impact globally.

Cultural Immersion

LI International features homestays, sightseeing, local eats and community engagement. Students will foster an appreciation for diversity and an understanding of complex global issues affecting the local community.

Types of Students We Are Looking For

Leadership is being extraordinary, so we’re looking for not-so-ordinary leaders to join us. Do you believe that a true educational travel experience is more than just seeing tourist sites? Do you want to be immersed in a new culture and connect with new people? If you answered yes, then you’re our type of student leader.

What to Expect

We want you to have a life-changing experience. To help facilitate that experience, here is what you can expect when you become a part of our phenomenal student leadership team.

  • Cultural sensitivity training to learn to communicate across language barriers and effectively immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Health & safety training.
  • Team building exercises to unite your group.
  • Project planning sessions.
  • Homestays, sightseeing, local eats and community engagement. 
  • A success adviser to be your support and personal cheerleader every step of the way.

Group Size

For the optimal International experience, group sizes consists of 10 to 15 students with a 1:5 staff to student ratio.


We are deeply committed to ensure the LI International experience is accessible to all students regardless of financial need. As a youth leadership development and training organization, we raise funds to provide need-based scholarships whenever possible.


We understand that the cost may be a bit steep, so we encourage fundraising in order to raise money. Once accepted, your Success Adviser will provide fundraising ideas and options to help you along the way.

International Programs

Application Process

Excited and ready to begin your adventure? Here is what is next. Click here to choose your program and fill out an application. Within 2 weeks of your submission, you will be contacted for an interview and asked to submit a few references. Then just standby, we will be in touch with your next steps.


If you are unsure about the program or have questions, feel free to contact us via email at or call 301.655.9679. We would love to talk with you.