Youth Ambassadors Program with Argentina & Chile: 2014 U.S. Exchange to Argentina & Chile (H.S. Student)

Washington, District of Columbia
Friday, November 01, 2013


 

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Youth Ambassadors Program with Argentina & Chile: 2014 U.S. Exchange to Argentina & Chile (H.S. Student)
Friday, November 01, 2013 - Sunday, December 01, 2013

1015 15th St NW
Suite 700
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
United States

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Argentina & Chile for high school students and adult mentors is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassies in Argentina & Chile and administered by World Learning.

Youth Ambassadors Program with Argentina & Chile

Summer 2014

U.S. High School Student Application

Application Deadline

December 1, 2013 11:59 PM
(Eastern Standard Time)
 


Program Introduction and Application Instructions

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Argentina & Chile is a three week youth leadership exchange during Summer 2014 based in Argentina & Chile for eight American teenagers ages 15-17 and two adult mentors. The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Argentina, Chile 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 Argentina, Chile 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:

    • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division
    • U.S. Embassy in Argentina
    • U.S. Embassy in Chile
    • World Learning
    • University of Virginia - Center for Politics, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth, and International Visitors Council of Kansas City

 Program Goals:

1)      To promote mutual understanding between the people of the U.S., Argentina & Chile; 

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 Argentina & Chile and internationally.

Program Design:

The Argentina & Chile program will begin with a two-day orientation workshop in Washington, DC before the group departs for Chile, where they will have an introduction and participate in meetings with U.S. Embassy staff.  Following the orientation in Chile, the group will split into community program teams for homestays and programming activities organized and implemented by alumni of the Argentina & Chile Youth Ambassadors Program.  The American students will then reunite for a re-entry and follow-on program segment in Argentina, 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, accident and sickness insurance while in Argentina & Chile, and a modest amount of pocket money.  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.


Who is eligible to apply?

Student applicants must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old at the time of the exchange (birth years between 1997-1999);
    • have a high school graduation year of 2015 or later;
    • attend a public high school, a public charter high school, or home-schooled;
    • live within the area of jurisdiction of one of the program partners: University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA); World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth (Dallas/Ft. Worth); International Visitors Council of Kansas City (Kansas City, MO): or Washington, DC (DC applicants must attend school in the District of Columbia);
    • have no previous travel outside of the United States, Canada or Mexico (certain circumstances for travel outside of North America may be accepted, including but not limited to emergency visits to visit an ailing family member in a foreign country)
    • have permission from both parents or legal guardians to participate in the three-week program, approximately to begin in mid-June 2014; and
    • submit a complete application, essays, including photograph, letters of recommendations, references, parent/guardian consent form.
NOT ELIGIBLE:
  • Students with dual American/Argentine or American/Chilean citizenship
  • Students who attend private high school

 What are the criteria for selection?

Students will be evaluated on the following characteristics:

  • a demonstrated interest in and commitment to volunteer and civic activities;
  • ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and tolerate the opinions of others;
  • leadership potential;
  • good social and communication skills;
  • good academic performance;
  • an energetic, positive attitude; and
  • ability to implement projects that benefit the applicant’s school and/or community.

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 (phone, skype, or in person) 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

·         1. A photo of yourself. (Your face must be visible and clear)

·         2. Two Letters of Recommendation -  Neither should be an adult who is related to you (emailed to youthprograms@worldlearning.org by December 1, 2013 11:59 PM EST)

·         3. Signed Parent/Guardian Information. (Attached to your application or emailed to youthprograms@worldlearning.org by December 1, 2013 11:59 PM EST)

 Note: Any documents sent to youthprograms@worldlearning.org 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"


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