WLC - International Attendees

The World Leadership Congress connects students from around the globe for a week of inspiration and action empowering young leaders to discover and embrace their leadership potential, challenge the “status-quo”  and change their world for the better.

HOBY takes students on a journey that explores personal leadership, group leadership, leadership for society, and global leadership, empowering students to develop their ideas and make a positive impact on the world.  

For eight days, our youth participants engage in leadership and team building exercises, participate in hands-on community service projects and learn from and speak with world class leaders in business, philanthropy, politics, entertainment, the media and more; all in a cross-cultural setting.

HOBY alumni become the next generation of compassionate leaders, entrepreneurs and humanitarians addressing the needs of their communities and the world.

What international students attending HOBY’s World Leadership Congress can expect:

  • Dynamic keynote speakers
  • Engaging expert panel presentations
  • Action-oriented leadership activities
  • Hands-on community service
  • Learn how to identify and set personal goals
  • Learn about global issues and identify sustainable solutions
  • Participate in multi-cultural activities and presentations
  • Present about their home country to the student delegation
  • Interactive team building activities
  • Talk with College and University admissions professionals at the College and Service Fair
  • Inspiration and fun
  • Earn College Credits when you attend 

HOBY works hard to make sure each and every student has a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience at the World Leadership Congress, as well as an educational experience that will develop their leadership competency while building confidence and a passion for service to others.

We bring in leaders, professionals, educators, and citizens that engage participants and provide the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of leaders in a wide range of fields. We combine the “classroom” aspect of our program with hands-on learning, including a day of community service throughout the city of Chicago.

Students, or as we refer to them, “Ambassadors” are assigned to a small group of approximately 12-13 individuals from around the globe with an adult Group Facilitator; groups are then assigned to a color section. Ambassadors from the same school/state/country are typically NOT in the same group; we work hard to make sure every ambassador has the opportunity to network and meet a diverse group of people.

The World Leadership Congress:

  • Teaches students to think critically about the issues facing the world today and take action to make positive change;
  • Empowers students to discover their own leadership style and further develop their leadership skills;
  • Teaches the importance of giving back to their communities and aervice to others;
  • Challenges students to commit to giving 250 hours of service to their communities in the year following the program;
  • Teaches students that by working together they can overcome the challenges they will face as the next generation of global leaders.

Plan now to be a part of the 2019 WLC

The program takes place on the Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University Chicago and begins on Saturday, July 20th and concludes on Saturday, July 27th.

Students depart the Loyola University campus on Saturday, July 27th. HOBY meets students at their international gateway (Chicago O’Hare airport for most) and provides all transportation and logistics for attending students; once students land in Chicago—HOBY is there!

HOBY offers an optional early arrival for our international delegations as well as an optional three-day tour program at the conclusion of the WLC, offering those students who would like to see more of Chicago the opportunity for an organized, chaperoned tour, departing Chicago on Monday, July 29th.

Students participating in either option will be provided housing and all meals as part of these programs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you fall into any of the following categories, you are welcomed to enroll in the 2018 World Leadership Congress:
  • You have attended any HOBY Leadership program;
  • You are an international student between the ages of 15-17, with a conversational proficiency in English and a demonstrated interest in leadership and service;
  • You’ve received a special invitation from HOBY or a HOBY partner organization.
Please note: To ensure your spot, you should plan to enroll early. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact us at wlc@hoby.org with your name, current academic year and we’ll be happy to work with you.
The enrollment fee of $1825 USD includes the following for every participant::
  • Transportation from the Chicago airports to the Loyola campus on Saturday, July 20th and back on Saturday, July 27th.
  • All program and educational materials for the week.
  • WLC T-shirts to be worn throughout the week.
  • Lodging on campus July 20—July 27.
  • All meals beginning with lunch on July 20 through breakfast on July 27 (this includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks each day, special dietary requirements can be honored if arrangements are made in advance).
  • All transportation for all program events.
  • Closing Ceremonies Gala
  • Assistance with Visa requests, as needed.
  • Fully trained and vetted staff and adult chaperones throughout the program duration.
Please note: The enrollment fee does not cover student travel costs to Chicago, visa or passport expenses, overseas partner costs for delegations, spending money or the optional post-WLC Chicago Tour Program.
To see what the travel requirements to visit the US from your country are please visit the US State Department's website by Clicking Here. When using the Visa Wizard, please enter your country, select "Tourism or Visit" for the reason you are travelling to the US and click on the "Find a Visa" Button.

For those requiring a Visa (most commonly a B2 tourist Visa) we would be happy to provide an official letter of invitation to accompany your visa application once your online enrollment has been completed. To request a Visa invitation letter please email us directly at wlc@hoby.org. The Visa application process can be lengthy so we encourage you to start the process as soon as possible.
We understand difficulties extened amount of time and staging that may be required for international students when travelling. that is reWe understand that Includes transportation from the airport, housing and meals.
  • Early Arrival: Friday, July 19, 2019 (Additional cost is $135.00 (USD) per person.)
  • Late Departure: Saturday, July 28, 2019 (Additional cost is $135.00 (USD) per person.)
HOBY has planned a post-WLC Tour of Chicago for interested students for Saturday, July 27 - Monday, July 29. Students and Tour Chaperones will stay at Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus located in Downtown Chicago (1 block from Michigan Avenue) and will take in such Chicago attractions as The Navy Pier, The Shedd Aquarium, The Hancock Tower Observation Deck and other great sites of Chicago. You can register for this program when you complete your registration for the World Leadership Congress. Please note this program costs an additional $525.00 (USD) per person. For more information about the Post-WLC Tour Click Here.
Those students participating in the Post-WLC Chicago Tour Program should make their travel plans to depart after 2 pm on Monday, July 29, 2019.
The 2019 World Leadership Congress (WLC) program schedule is still in the process of being completed. However, to see last year's WLC schedule please Click Here.
Any international partner program or school sending six (6) or more student participants to the World Leadership Congress will be required to send an adult chaperone with the delegation. 
One chaperone per contingency will receive a complimentary program registration and receive the following:
  • All program materials.
  • Housing for the duration of the program (will be assigned to a double room with other international adult chaperone).
  • All meals provided to students and volunteers.
  • Driver's license.
  • Closing banquet ticket.
  • Transportation to and from the airport.
  • Participation in all program events and functions.
International contingencies must send additional chaperones for every 12 students attending. Additional chaperones and observers will be charged a discounted registration rate of $1,400.00. Contingencies of LESS than six (6) students are not required to supply a chaperone. Delegations of five (5) or less sending a chaperone must submit a discounted registration fee of $1,400.00 and identify a travel contact and full travel itinerary to HOBY prior to departure. Students will be met at the airport upon arrival.

Expectations of International Chaperones:
  • Chaperones will abide by the same rules as ambassadors and volunteers and enforce the rules with their student delegations.
  • Chaperones are invited to attend all program elements.
  • Chaperones are welcome to leave campus and explore Chicago, although Chaperones not attending the daily program must provide the operations team with their local contact information in case of emergency when ever they leave campus.
  • Chaperones will assist HOBY WLC staff with any medical and/or disciplinary issues that may arise with their students.
  • Internatnional Delegation Chaperones MUST be a minimum of 21 years old.

For more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and their answers please Click Here.

If you live in one of the following countries and like to enroll in the World Leadership Congress (WLC) please feel free to contact the coordinator below:

If your home country is not listed above and you'd like to enroll in the World Leadership Congress please click on the button below.

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If you have any questions or need any assistance please email us directly at wlc@hoby.org.





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