Steps to Apply

Review Program and Fees here

Review J-1 Visa Eligibility here and here

Find answers to common questions here

Review sample U.S. Hosts here

Ready to Apply?


MESA’s Steward Application is by invitation only.

MESA requires an in-person or video interview before we can invite your application. The interview fee is $75 USD, and does not guarantee your application invitation or program acceptance.

Ready to schedule your interview? If you live in Africa, Latin America or the Caribbean, please contact a trusted MESA representative listed below. All others are welcome to contact MESA staff in the U.S.

Latin America or Caribbean? email: lac at mesaprogram dot org

Africa? email: africa at mesaprogram dot org

Other regions? mesa @ mesaprogram dot org

If you email, write “Stewardship inquiry” in the Subject line, and include 1. your home country, and 2. introduce yourself/tell us about your agricultural experience and interests.