International Programs

Empowering students around the globe

HOBY’s global community of youth and volunteers are making a difference around the world.

Today, HOBY programs are empowering young people to be a positive force in their communities in Canada, China, Iraq, South Korea, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Students throughout Africa will soon have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills after launching a pilot program in Togo in 2015. To learn more about our global partners, visit the Global HOBY page.

Every year over 400 students come together from around the world at HOBY’s World Leadership Congress. Throughout the week-long program students share ideas, develop their leadership skills and determine how they can make a positive difference in their community, going home with their goals for the future firmly in place.


International Spotlight: HOBY Iraq

HOBY Iraq is making a remarkable difference for the youth of the Kurdistan region. HOBY Iraq launched their first leadership seminar in 2013 and hasn’t slowed down since. Providing an annual Leadership Seminar in Erbil, HOBY Iraq alumni and volunteers are active in Erbil and the surrounding areas conducting community service projects throughout the year including:

  • Regular visits to the IDP and refugee camps to distribute food, clothing and toys for children
  • Charity fairs
  • Visiting elderly shut-ins
  • Community Clean Up
  • Volunteering at local orphanages

To discover more about the impact HOBY Iraq is making in their communities Click Here.


To learn more about HOBY’s International Programs or how you can bring HOBY to your community, contact Cheryl Brenn, Chief International Programs Officer at




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