Student Ambassadors learn about other cultures, engage in fun activities, and meet local citizens. Student Ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds, but share common traits:
All Student Ambassador programs provide a unique opportunity for educational growth, which can help give you an edge in the classroom. In addition, academic credit and service-learning hours are available (depending on the program and age requirements).
High school students: Your involvement as a Student Ambassador can provide you with a competitive edge on your college and scholarship applications. Student Ambassador alumni have found that their experiences with People to People Ambassador Programs helped them answer many interview questions and, in some cases, provided the theme for admissions and scholarship essays.
Junior high/middle school students: Starting off on the right foot in high school is critical to your success. Your experience as a Student Ambassador will prepare you to be more confident, responsible, and assertive. The alumni students and parents you meet at the information meetings will share how their participation in a People to People Student Ambassador program prepared them for the years to follow.
Elementary school: For many students, the transition from grade school to junior high or middle school can be a challenging time. By participating in a People to People Student Ambassador program, students will gain valuable skills to help them succeed in the transition, including social interaction and time-management skills, self-confidence, respect for others, and how to make smart choices.
No, you do not need to be nominated to become a Student Ambassador.
In order to become a Student Ambassador, you must apply. All students who apply must do the following:
People to People Ambassador Programs has a clear mission: to provide students with unparalleled access to people and places beyond compare, preparing them for success in a globalized world by making friends locally and globally. Student Ambassador programs visit schools, experience homestays, absorb world culture through firsthand exploration, meet with government experts, and enjoy unique insider access to significant people and places. Student Ambassadors prepare for this experience well in advance and are asked to keep a daily journal and participate fully in all activities for academic credit. Students build their leadership skills while working as a team with other students and making friends in a well-supervised environment of cultural exploration. Comparing cultures and ways of life helps students gain global awareness—the very mission of People to People Ambassador Programs.
All Student Ambassador programs start long before you board the plane. After you complete the selection process, orientation meetings will prepare you for what you'll see and do throughout travel. Orientation Meetings can be offered both in-person and online and are the perfect opportunity for leaders to educate their students on:
During this time, the students will also complete specific assignments designed to increase the learning opportunities. The Student Ambassador program experience begins months before a student ever gets on a plane. This is an educational journey that begins the moment you apply.
People to People Student Ambassador programs vary in location, length, focus, and activity level. Each program has unique activities and cultural experiences in the countries we explore. But no matter which program students choose, our programs offer premium travel experiences:
Every Student Ambassador program is carefully designed with our students and our mission in mind. Student Ambassadors often have school visits or one-on-one experiences with local families overseas. Our extensive travel experience allows students behind-the-scenes access in many of the countries we visit, and the wide variety of cultural interactions opens an entirely new world for our Ambassadors. Many of our students return with a new perspective on the world and their role as a global citizen.
Our Student Ambassadors see the world differently. They see people and places on television or in a textbook and can say they have been there. But more importantly, they value understanding other people and other cultures. Often, this global perspective creates interest in new career paths or identifies new subjects for study in school. Additionally, by representing their family and their country to others, Student Ambassadors recognize the power an individual has to effect positive change.
To date, Student Ambassadors have clocked more than 100,000 service hours for communities around the world. Some of our international projects include:
Students who travel on our programs can qualify for several forms of academic credit (depending on program and grade). Students in grades 9–12 are automatically enrolled in the tuition-paid course “Ambassadorial Studies” offered through the Washington School of World Studies and earn the equivalent of 1 high school semester elective credit. In addition, students in grades 7–8 may enroll for one credit and students in grades 9–12 for up to 12 credits through Eastern Washington University.
Most Student Ambassador programs range from $3,999–$7,999. Each program we offer is a unique educational and cultural experience. Therefore, the tuition for each program varies depending on the program’s location, length, and itinerary. The tuition for our programs are all-inclusive and cover pre-program education and preparation, program activities, accommodations, *transportation, supervision, program apparel, academic credit, three meals per day, and group insurance.
*Departure city and/or dates are subject to change based on availability and capacity.
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