Get Started at the Kimpa Vita Institute in Five Steps.
Read what all candidates must follow in order to be selected and participate in the leadership program.
Here are steps that all candidates must follow in order to be selected and participate in the leadership program.
If you are Congolese, either born in Congo or have at least one Congolese parent, and that you are between the ages of 18 and 30 years-old, you are eligible to apply.
We seek individuals who are: leaders in their community, visionary, passionate, charismatic, open-minded, dedicated, coachable and motivated. We also seek young leaders with great communication skills.
If you have all the qualities above, we invite you to fill out the application either here online or by downloading the french or the english form and faxing it to us at +1 (775) 371-1064. You can also send it to us via mail at
Friends of the Congo
C/O Institut Kimpa Vita
1629 K Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006.
After the Institute receives your completed application, it will review your candidacy and essay question.
At this time of the process, you will receive a call or email from us for an interview to move your application to the next step.
After the interview, the Institute will review reference letters from potential candidates to finalize the list of participants.
After this, the Institute will select a minimum of 15 candidates to participate in the leadership program.
If selected, you will be provided with logistical information of where the leadership program will take place and the cost.
The last step of the process is to pay the participation fee of $350. The fee covers the 6-days stay at the retreat center and three-meals a day for the duration of the program.
Please note that we will provide transportation from airport/bus station to the retreat center for those not having vehicles to drive to the center.