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YOUTH AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

General Information

The Youth Ambassadors Program, an initiative of the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the organization World Learning, is designed to send outstanding Argentine secondary school students from all over the country to the United States for three weeks to learn about U.S. society and culture and to share Argentina’s culture with people in the United States. Through this exchange program, the Youth Ambassadors will strengthen ties of friendship, improve their English, and also acquire new ideas for community service.

In a three week cultural exchange and leadership program that also focuses on youth citizen diplomacy and service and volunteerism, the Youth Ambassadors program offers students new international opportunities and experiences to broaden their knowledge of U.S. culture, society, and education. The participants and U.S. audiences will increase the mutual understanding among peoples of the Americas.  The Youth Ambassadors program will not only provide new knowledge and experience for participants, but also prepare them for a lifetime of leadership and community service.

STRUCTURE:  The Argentine and Chilean Youth Ambassadors will travel to the state of Virginia first for a program orientation.  The delegations will be divided into two groups later and will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, and Dallas, Texas.   Students will live with host families, attend classes, take part in volunteer activities, and participate in cultural and sport events.  Lastly, the youth ambassadors will travel to Washington D.C. where they will meet with representatives of embassies and other institutions.

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to young public high school students, who have outstanding school records, show leadership qualities, are proficient in both speaking and understanding English, and have demonstrated interest in improving their local community.

TRAVEL EXPENSES: The program will cover all expenses related to the program.

What does it mean to be a Youth Ambassador?

The Youth Ambassadors program represents a unique opportunity for Latin American youth, but also comes with a responsibility. As a Youth Ambassador, participants are selected from among hundreds of applicants to represent their country in the United States. They will have the opportunity to talk about their country and share information with others. They will also have the opportunity to learn from youth in the United States.  They will be a representative of their countries. And they will have new skills and resources that they can use to make their community a better place when they return.

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