Peru Exchange

Sports Diplomacy Peru

This soccer exchange will take place in spring/summer 2019. The focus of this exchange is emphasis on empowering young women and girls through sports, and popularizing women's soccer. Taking advantage of the Pan American Games to be held in Peru in 2019, this exchange will use soccer as a medium for gender empowerment and inclusion. This two-way exchange is supported by our local Peruvian partner, Ligas Femeninas F7.

The group of 18 Montana participants will consist of 14 professionals and 4 students - high school and college. The Montana delegation will teach skills related to sports marketing and entrepreneurship, sports administration, coaching and training, building confidence and self-esteem in girls through soccer, engaging diverse stakeholders, and teaching leadership and teamwork skills. This group will travel all-expense paid to Peru in May 14-20, 2019 to teach Peruvian sports professionals how to build successful girls' and women's soccer programs over an 7-day exchange.

As the second part of this two-way exchange, 20 Peruvian professionals, who were a part of hosting the Montana exchange, will come to Montana in July 7-19, 2019 for a 13-day program that will reinforce and build on lessons taught in Peru. Peruvian participants will have specific goals of what they want to learn and implement in their communities. This 13-day program will address these goals and priorities so that the Peru participants can apply these skills to build successful women's soccer programs in Peru, in both urban and rural communities. This program will be led and developed with the support of the Montana delegation.


Student Application - open November 19, 2018 and due January 1, 2019
Professional Application – open November 19, 2018 and due January 1, 2019

If you are interested in participating in future programs, please email Kelsey Stamm Jimenez or call 406-243-2838 with questions.

The Mansfield Center of the University of Montana does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities.

Eligibility Criteria for Student and Professional Participants

Student Participant Selection Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Montana resident (enrolled in a Montana university/college fulfills this requirement)
  • Age: at least 15 years old by the beginning of the exchange (May 13, 2019)
  • Active student status (enrolled in high school, home school, or higher education institution for the 2018-2019 school year)
  • Demonstrated interest and skills in soccer
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills
  • Demonstrated maturity, flexibility, integrity, social skills, and open-mindedness
  • Ability to teach, support, and inspire Peruvian and U.S. peers
  • Motivation to be a successful cultural exchange participant
  • Interest in girl's and women's empowerment
  • Spanish skills desired
  • Preference given to applicants with little international travel experience

Professional Participant Selection Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Montana resident
  • Proficiency in soccer is desired, but the most important skill is knowing how to teach, coach, and inspire others through soccer
  • Interest in girl's and women's empowerment
  • Have significant engagement with girls: though coaching, teaching, mentoring, counseling, etc.
  • Ability to enthusiastically support teenage participants and adult peers
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and open-mindedness
  • Interest in international affairs and cultural exchange
  • Strong leadership, teamwork, and communication skills

Desired Professional Participant Traits and Skills:

  • Background in coaching or sports training, specifically in girl's/women's soccer
  • Demonstrated international engagement experience (actual travel, supporting international visitors to the US, language study, etc.)
  • Experience working with youth, specifically girls
  • Experience in engaging minority and rural populations in sports
  • High-level soccer playing experience, playing and/or coaching
  • Coaching experience with various age groups
  • Sports administration experience
  • Knowledge of youth development
  • Skills in sports promotion and marketing
  • Background in sports medicine/health
  • Knowledge of adaptive sports and how to engage athletes with disabilities
  • Knowledge of how to engage diverse stakeholders in sports promotion
  • Knowledge of or experience with gender equality issues, particularly in developing countries
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Spanish language skills or study

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