Q: Are there any specific requirements for the Applicants?
A: Applicants must be Bulgarian citizens, residing in Bulgaria, fluent in English, and compliant with the requirements set out in the Eligibility Requirements section.
Q: Do Applicants for the LEAP Program need to have a business or social entrepreneurship idea at the time of application?
A: No. Applicants for the LEAP Program do not necessarily need to have a business or social entrepreneurship idea to participate in the program, but participants are expected to actively engage in creating social value in Bulgaria upon return from the US.
Q: Can Applicants who have studied in the US apply for the LEAP Program?
A: The LEAP Program is designed for candidates who have not studied at a college or university in the US. Also, please note that Participants who have participated in exchange programs in the US funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation are not eligible to apply.
Q: Do I need an international passport and a US visa to apply for the Program?
A: All Applicants must have a valid international passport expiring at least another 6 months after the applicant has been approved for the Program in the US. Participants do not need to possess a US. visa prior to applying for the Program. The approved Participants will apply for the needed type of US visa after having been selected for the Program and will need to cover the visa fee themselves. They will be reimbursed when in the US (as per September 2022 visa fee amounts to USD 160.)
Q: Are there any specific health and safety requirements?
A: No, but Participants will be required to comply with all health and safety requirements of the Bulgarian and US authorities applicable prior to departure, while in the US, and upon return to Bulgaria. Please note that, as per current requirements, all non-US citizens, non-US immigrants (not a US citizen, US national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the United States by plane, and only limited exceptions apply. This is subject to change by the US Government, and Participants must comply with all applicable requirements.
Q: Do I need to be fully Covid-19 vaccinated to participate in the program?
A: As per current requirements, all non-US citizens, non-US immigrants (not a US citizen, US national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the United States by plane, and only limited exceptions apply. This is subject to change by the US Government, and Participants must comply with all applicable requirements at the time of travel. Latest updates on air travel requirements for non-US citizens, non-US immigrants might be checked here: https://bg.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Q: Am I going to have emergency health insurance while in the US?
A: Yes, all selected Participants will have emergency health insurance which will be issued with the support of Babson College for the duration of the Program.
Q: What is the goal of the two-hour Virtual Module?
A: The goal of the two-hour Virtual Module is to expose a larger pool of participants to the expertise of the Babson College faculty and introduce more people to the concepts of simultaneously creating social and economic value and the Entrepreneurial Thought & Action Methodology (“ET&A”). ET&A is a methodology that teaches participants to balance action, experimentation, and creativity with a deep understanding of business fundamentals and analysis to create maximum economic and social value.
Q: How will I benefit from being selected for the two-hour Virtual Module?
A: In addition to the new knowledge delivered by a premier educational institution such as Babson College, every Participant in the Virtual Module will receive an individual entrepreneurial assessment of his/her leadership skills done by Babson College.