The University of Virginia Center for Politics is looking for high school students for its first U.S Youth Ambassadors Program.
Students can apply online to be part of an exchange trip to Argentina and Chile next summer.
The center is looking for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who know at least a little Spanish.
The students will stay with host families, attend local high schools, and complete community service projects.
Daman Irby with the UVA Center for Politics said, "Even if you don't have the perfect GPA, we'll be looking at the full individual in the selection process, so we want everybody to apply even if you think, ‘Oh that can't be me, I may never be selected for that,' you may."
The deadline to apply is December 1st. Click here for a link to the application.
University of Virginia Center for Politics Press Release
(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – The University of Virginia Center for Politics' Global Perspectives on Democracy (GPD) program is now recruiting local students and educators to apply to participate in the U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program with Argentina and Chile. This exchange, in partnership with World Learning and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, includes a fully funded exchange trip to Argentina and Chile fromJune 13, 2014 through July 3, 2014.
Selected participants will begin with a pre-departure training session in Washington, D.C., followed by orientation and teambuilding in Santiago, Chile. The group will then be divided in two and travel to either Rancagua, Chile, or Salta, Argentina, for a host community experience. Highlights will include homestays with families, attendance at a local high school, cultural activities, community service projects and presentations from local organizations.
The program ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where students will create civic action plans to implement at home in the United States."GPD has hosted delegates from around the world over the last seven years," said Daman Irby, the Director of the Center's GPD program.
"What a thrill to now give students from the Charlottesville area an all-expenses-paid opportunity to gain their own hands-on experiences learning about leadership, civic engagement and other cultures in Argentina and Chile."
Student applicants must be U.S. citizens between 15-17 years of age during the time of travel; attend a public high school, homeschool or public charter school in Charlottesville or Albemarle County and have at least one year of school remaining; have not traveled outside of the United States, Canada or Mexico; have permission from both parents or legal guardians; and have at least an intermediate level of Spanish language ability.
Charlottesville-area participants will be joined by other students from Dallas, Kansas City and the Washington, D.C. area.
More information about this exchange is available atwww.centerforpolitics.org/gpdusya.html. Student applicants should visitwww.regonline.com/AC2014to apply for this unique opportunity. Adult mentor applications can be accessed atwww.regonline.com/AC2014-adult. Applications will be accepted Nov. 1-Dec. 1, 2013.