The United States (U.S.) Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce the application launch for the 2022 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) TechCamp for Climate Action. The TechCamp will take place October 29-31, 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The YPL TechCamp for Climate Action will bring young leaders from across the Pacific together with regional and U.S. leaders in the field of climate science and science communication to identify innovative approaches to climate resiliency and mitigation. Following the workshop, TechCamp participants will incorporate learnings and technologies to implement seed grant-funded projects to mobilize climate change stakeholders in their communities.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on August 10, 2022 (New Zealand Time). All applicants will be notified of their selection status in September 2022.

Program Eligibility:
– Applicants must be at least 23 years old at the time of the TechCamp Workshop (born before November 1, 1999).
– Be fluent in written and spoken English.
– Citizen of one of the following YPL countries or territories: Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Islands of French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, and the American-affiliated Pacific including American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawaii.
– Demonstrated professional experience in the field of climate science. Successful applicants will highlight relevant work experience on their resume in their application essays.
– Applicants must be available to travel in-person to Auckland, New Zealand for TechCamp programming. The workshop is scheduled to take place from October 29 through October 31, 2022. Arrival and departure dates to Auckland will be contingent on regional travel itineraries.


Launched in 2013, the Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Initiative is the U.S. Government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in the Pacific. Through programs and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YPL seeks to build the leadership capabilities of young leaders and strengthen ties between the United States and the Pacific. YPL focuses on critical topics identified by youth in the region: Education, Environment and Resource Management, Civic Leadership, Economic and Social Development.

TechCamps  are a public diplomacy program hosted by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State that provides participants with the chance to learn technical expertise that can be applied to address a variety of global challenges.

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TechCamp Young Pacific Leaders for Climate Action