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Welcome Future Leaders!

The NPH International Seattle Institute welcomes the class of 2019 – 2020.

The new students and their homestay families at the airport in SeattleAbout the Program

Founded in 1954 by Father William B. Wasson, NPH provides homes, health services and educational programs for vulnerable children and families who live in conditions of extreme poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. One of Father Wasson’s dreams was that his children grow up to care for our ever-growing NPH family and to be responsive to their brothers and sisters in need, both at our NPH programs and in the neighboring communities. To cultivate future leaders, the NPH International Seattle Institute was founded in September 2011. The Institute strives to continue the education and leadership formation the participants received in their home countries, in order to prepare them to serve their countries and their NPH family in the future.

The Institute’s curriculum is based on principles of servant leadership and grounded in our NPH philosophy. Each participant:

  • Lives with a homestay
  • Works with an intergenerational mentor
  • Studies intensive English at a community college
  • Participates in job-shadowing, workshops, service activities and more
  • Is coached in their personal growth by the program director and supporters

Since 2011, there have been 43 graduates from the Institute.

  • 26 attend university
  • 27 work full time
  • 22 are employed by NPH

The Seattle Institute is generously supported by:


Photo above: The new students and their homestay families at the airport in Seattle.

Class of 2019 – 2020


Abigail, Nicaragua

“Earlier in 2019, I graduated from university with a degree in Sustainable Tourism. I am from the Island of Ometepe, which led me to finding my cause in protecting the environment and educating others on how they can as well. I am excited to be in Seattle because I want to grow spiritually and professionally, and get to know a new culture, language and people. Being part of this program is the best thing that
has happened to me this year.”


Alexis, Guatemala

“I am in my third year studying in university to be an English teacher so that I can better support and teach my brothers and sisters at NPH, and provide them with new tools to practice their English. I am excited to be part of the Seattle program because it’s an incredible opportunity to improve my skills, meet new people and learn from another culture. It fills with me with great pride to share my NPH experience and represent my country while I am there.”


David, Mexico

“I graduated from high school with a specialization in public accounting, and then served the NPH Mexico home for two years in different capacities while supporting our youth development group. After my year in Seattle I will begin my university studies in Mexico and work toward a Business Administration degree. I am happy to be part of the Seattle Institute program because I am excited to learn new things and step outside my comfort zone, while learning to be a competent leader so that I can help NPH in the future and where I am needed.”


Jazmín, El Salvador

“I am in my fourth year of university, studying International Business and Marketing. Before arriving in Seattle, I was the representative and go-to support for the NPH El Salvador university women. I am so thankful to God and to NPH for this incredible opportunity, and excited for the challenge, all that I will learn, and the entire experience. I hope to return to my home country as a different person in respect to service and leadership, to continue supporting NPH.”

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Related Information:
The Seattle Institute Program
The Seattle Institute Blog
The Seattle Institute: Celebrating Five Years
Leadership Institute Program Video
Youth Development Video
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