Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil: 2013 American Exchange to Brazil (Adult Mentor)


 

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Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil: 2013 American Exchange to Brazil (Adult Mentor)


The Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil for high school students and adult mentors is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, and administered by World Learning.

Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil

Summer 2013

U.S. Adult Mentor Application

Application Deadline

February 18, 2013 11:59 PM
(Eastern Standard Time)
 


Program Introduction and Application Instructions

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil is a three week youth leadership exchange during Summer 2013 based in Brazil for ten American teenagers ages 15-17 and one adult mentor. The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Brazil and the U.S. who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current and global issues, strong interpersonal leadership skills, willingness to foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups in both Brazil and the U.S., and to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between the United States and South America.  Participants will be required to implement follow-on activities upon their return home that will help the participants stay in touch with each other and reflect on their experiences and integrate that learning into their day-to-day lives at home. An important goal of the program is that the student leaders, now empowered, will train other student leaders through student led community oriented service projects.

Program Sponsors and Partners:

  • Youth Programs Division, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Embassy in Brazil
  • World Learning
  • Montana Center for International Visitors, International House of Metrolina, World Affairs Council-Seattle, Tulsa Global Alliance

 Program Goals:

1)      To promote mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and Brazil;

2)      To prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities;

3)      To influence the attitudes of the leaders of a new generation; and

4)      To foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups and create networks of hemispheric youth leaders, both within Brazil and internationally.

Program Design:

The USYA program will begin with a two day orientation workshop in Washington, DC before the group departs for Brazil, where they will have an introduction and participate in meetings with U.S. Embassy staff.  Following the orientation in Brazil, the group will split into community program teams for homestays and programming activities organized and implemented by alumni of the Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program. The participants will then reunite for a re-entry and follow-on program segment, which will include action planning and evaluation sessions. More details will be available upon final selection of participants.


What is covered?

There is no application fee for applicants.

The U.S. Government will pay for international transportation to and from the United States, domestic travel to Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, DC, orientations, program and visa fees and administration, site visits and seminars, lodging and meals, some cultural activities, educational materials, and accident and sickness insurance while in Brazil. Participants will stay with volunteer host families and in youth conference centers.

Participants are responsible for expenses related to the application process (copying, mailing, photographs, etc.), passport fees, vaccination fees (if applicable) and spending money for souvenirs and other items in the United States.


Who is eligible to apply?

Adult applicants must:

    • be a U.S. citizen
    • be active in working with youth in either a high school or community setting;
    • be willing to spend three weeks in Brazil;
    • be willing and able to meet periodically with selected students from in their city/region, during the academic year 2013-2014 to support and monitor their follow-up work;
    • live within the area of jurisdiction of one of the program partners: Montana Center for International Visitors (Bozeman, MT), International House of Metrolina (Charlotte, NC), World Affairs Council-Seattle (Seattle, WA), Tulsa Global Alliance (Tulsa, OK), or Washington, DC;
    • submit a complete application, statement of interest, including photograph and letters of recommendation.
NOT ELIGIBLE:
  • Adults with dual U.S./Brazilian citizenship
  • Adults with previous travel to Brazil

What are the criteria for selection?

Adult applicants will be evaluated on the following factors:

  • a demonstrated interest in and commitment to service in their local regions;
  • demonstrated history of supporting youth activities;
  • strong record in teaching and/or youth programs;
  • demonstrated leadership ability;
  • ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups of students and peers and tolerate the opinions of others; and 
  • commitment to working with youth after the project to help them implement projects.

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by the respective U.S. partner organization in the applicant's community
  • Semi-finalists will be contacted by the respective U.S. partner organization in his/her community for interview
  • Finalists from each U.S. community will have a final interview with World Learning and U.S. Dept. of State representatives
  • Due to large quantity of applications received, it is not possible to inform all applicants of their status
  • Additional questions should be emailed to youthprograms@worldlearning.org

Required Documents to be submitted with a completed Application
                
A photo of yourself. (Your face must be visible and clear)

Two Letters of Recommendation -  From peer or supervisor (emailed to youthprograms@worldlearning by February 18, 2013 11:59 PM EST)

CV/Resume (emailed to youthprograms@worldlearning.org by February 18, 2013 11:59 PM EST)

Note: Any documents sent to  must reference the applicant's Full Name and document type in the subject line of the email. For example, "Carolina Silva, Signed Parent/Guardian Information"


Frequently Asked Questions


Do you have a question about the application or program? Please click the Questions (FAQ) tab at the top of the page.

To apply, please click on the Online Instructions tab at the top of this page.

Thank you for your interest in the program and good luck with your application!

 

 

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