The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for a new program, Global Connections and Exchange: Youth TechCamps. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to conduct seven- to ten-day, academically rigorous technology camps overseas for youth. The camps will be held in four to five of the eligible countries/republics listed below, primarily in calendar year 2014. Through these intensive, in-person technology camps and follow-on virtual exchange components, up to 210 competitively selected U.S and non-U.S. secondary school students will be provided the opportunity to build their digital literacy skills, expand their understanding of the vast array of online resources that can be utilized to promote community engagement and foster change within their communities, and gain a deeper understanding of other countriesÂ’ cultures. It is the BureauÂ’s intent to award up to two cooperative agreements for an estimated total amount of $500,000.