Building a new generation of Global STEM Leaders
Building bridges through time with host families, service projects, job shadow days, touring and more!
What is TechGirls?
TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young women from around the world to pursue careers in science and technology.
Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 392 teenage girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen. In 2019, the program expanded to include young women from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).
In 2022, the program will expand to support approximately 111 young women from 35 participating countries/territories and 25 U.S. peers in a dynamic four week U.S.- based experience with a 8-month mentoring program (including pre- and post-exchange).
The core of the program is a 24-day experience in the United States in partnership with Virginia Tech University . TechGirls participate in an interactive technology and computer camp, then travel to one of the following cities (Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Portland or Seattle) for job shadowing at a tech company, and homestay and community service experiences. The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect as participants return home to conduct community based projects with 5 months of mentorship.
"We enjoyed meeting intelligent and charming young women from the Middle East."
Karen, VA, host family
"We have met some wonderful girls, and even travelled to their countries to meet their families."
Skip, VA, host family
The job shadow experience "enabled [TechGirls] to visualize a future with great potential."
Amy, DC, job shadow host
"I realized how fundamentally similar we all were despite coming from different cultural backgrounds."
Isabelle, CA, US ambassador
"I really enjoyed learning more about different cultures and meeting the girls. They were smart, well spoken, and inspired me to work harder."
Elizabeth, NY, US Youth ambassador
"Through the TechGirls experience, I was able to expand my knowledge of fields like cybersecurity and Java game development. TechGirls opened my eyes to STEM education in other countries."
“Cyber security classes were very important for me because thanks to our professor, I made the decision to choose cyber security for my future education in university.”
“TechGirls was a life changing experience. It made me want to become a better person and a braver woman in the future. ”