INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP
CONFERENCE (ISLC)

Each year, Operation Smile hosts its International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at a different university around the world. This annual conference helps students develop and strengthen their leadership skills and character, provides training on how to help those in developing countries, as well as exposes them to different cultures.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP
CONFERENCE (ISLC)

Each year, Operation Smile hosts its International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at a different university around the world. This annual conference helps students develop and strengthen their leadership skills and character, provides training on how to help those in developing countries, as well as exposes them to different cultures.

2021 ISLC

Operation Smile Peru and Operation Smile Student Programs have postponed the 2020 International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) to July 2021. We are happy to announce that ISLC 2021 will be held from July 12-18 in Lima, Peru with Summer Mission Training Workshop to proceed it, July 9-11, 2021! More information about the conference, including how to apply will be released in November. In the meantime, we are asking interested students to complete this brief survey. Keep an eye out on this page or email islc@operationsmile.org with any questions.

Each year, Operation Smile hosts its International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at a different university around the world. This annual conference helps students develop and strengthen their leadership skills and character, provides training on how to help those in developing countries, as well as exposes them to different cultures. Current high school freshman, sophomores and juniors are invited to attend this weeklong leadership conference. Attendees will hear inspiring speakers share their insights on the topics of leadership, overcoming obstacles and what it means to make a difference; they’ll also meet like-minded people committed to making a difference in the lives of children with cleft lip and cleft palate.

What: #islc2021

Who: Current high school freshman, sophomores and juniors as of Sept 2020 are invited to apply.

When: July 12-18 2021

Where: Lima, Peru

Registration Fee:

Students: $1,000 USD (includes accommodations, meals, ground transportation to and from airport and items associated with conference activities, but does not include airfare to and from Lima or visa, if applicable). $250 is due at registration and is non-refundable. The remaining payments will be made in three $250 increments from February to April 2021. Specifics will be released to participants after acceptance.

Adult Chaperones: $750 USD (includes accommodations, meals, ground transportation to and from airport and items associated with conference activities, but does not include airfare to and from Lima or visa, if applicable) $250 is due at registration and is non-refundable. The remaining payments will be made in two $250 increments in February and March 2021. Specifics will be released to chaperones after acceptance.

Students and chaperones can apply, via the form in the next tab. Applications will be released November 2020.

Once the deadline for application has come to a close, all applications will be sent to a review committee. The review goes through several rounds and final decisions will happen in February. All those are who accepted will be emailed a registration link by the end of February. Invited participants will have 72 hours to register and secure their spot with a $250 USD non-refundable deposit. For those who do not receive an acceptance email, you will be placed on a wait list. Invitations for ISLC will be sent through March 1st or until we reach capacity.

It is imperative that the email contact used in the application is one that the participant has access to and checks frequently.

It is highly encouraged to complete your application prior to the February deadline to be considered for the first invitation round. 

There is a character limit of 255, not including spaces. The review committee is looking for the applicant’s ability to effectively communicate their essay answers within the parameters provided. If the review committee has additional questions regarding the applicant’s applications, he or she will reach out directly to ask for more information.

Please read through the FAQ section prior to applying.

2021 ISLC Student Application

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Essay Questions: Please answer the following questions.

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Applications for adult chaperones are available here.

The conference would not be possible without our student leaders! We invite you to apply to one of our leadership positions to enhance your skills and share them with your peers.

Team Leaders are typically students who have previously attended ISLC, served as an assistant Team Leader and have a prominent role in their clubs.

Assistant Team Leaders support the Team Leaders and have previously attended ISLC as a participant.

Applications for these positions will open in November 2020.  

Below are frequently asked questions regarding ISLC. If you have additional questions, please reach out to islc@operationsmile.org.

Q: What does the registration fee include?

A: The registration fee includes accommodations, meals, ground transportation to and from Lima airport and items associated with conference activities. Each participant will have a bed with lines, but it could be a twin bed, double bed or sofa bed. Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated which should be noted in the health form, but if you have a very strict diet, please reach out prior to applying.

Q: Will participants have their own room?

A: All participants, including chaperones, will share a room with 1-2 other participants. Operation Smile fosters a community of cultural exchange, so we create the rooming roster to allow for that experience. Roommate requests is not be honored.

Q: What does arrival and departure to and from the conference look like?

A: By submitting your travel information, we group arrivals into blocks as well as departures. We will have staff and student leaders at the airport to greet and prior to the conference, directions on where to meet at the airport. Participants are then led to our privately hired buses to take them to campus.

Q: If I have to book my own travel, how do I know if anyone else is on the same flight?

A: During registration, there will be an option to share your information with other participants. If you choose yes, your contact information will be shared with others from your geographic area. It will be up to the participants and their families to communicate with the others to determine if you would like to be booked on the same flight. Operation Smile does not provide chaperoning of students from their home airport to Lima, Peru.

Q: What is Unaccompanied Minor on a flight and will I have to book my ticket with that?

A: Unaccompanied Minor is a special feature on an airline ticket where there’s an additional cost for a child under a certain age to travel alone. Costs and age cut offs are determined by the airline, so check with your specific airline. Some may force you to purchase this option if your child is under a certain age to be able to travel internationally. This feature also requires an assigned guardian to physically drop the child off at the gate and another assigned guardian to physically pick up the child at the arriving gate.

Q: Will I need a passport?

A: All participants will need a valid passport to enter Peru. Passport must be valid from six months upon entry (does not expire prior to February 2021).

Q: Will I have to get a visa to enter Peru?

A: If your country of residence requires a visa to enter Peru, that responsibility will be on the participant to secure. We will ask for documentation of a valid passport and visa (if applicable) in the required forms packet for attendance. Visa invitations letters will be provided upon request to provide to your embassy and/or visa application.

Q: How are applicants chosen?

A: Unfortunately, the venue has a max capacity. In order to create a diverse experience, applicants will be chosen not only from their leadership experience, but also, their geographic location. Spots are very limited and we encourage you to put your best foot forward in your application. All applications will be reviewed by a committee against a rubric of standards and applications are reviewed against the global pool of applicants.

Q: Is there a wait list if I do not get accepted?

A: Yes, there will be a wait list. Invited participants have 72 hours to register and if they do not, we will move down the wait list until we reach capacity.

Next steps to be released after acceptance and registration.