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People to People Student Ambassador Program

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People to People was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his administration, and 8 presidents have since served as Honorary Chairman. People to People Student Ambassadors travel overseas for 2–3 weeks in the summer to learn, share, and represent their communities and country. Becoming an ambassador gives them an appreciation for the world in which they live, builds their self-confidence, enriches education through learning in the global classroom, and develops increased levels of maturity and independence. Student Ambassador delegations of 30–40 students are led by teachers in their communities during this dynamic and exciting program. The People to People Student Ambassador Program provides students a world of international opportunities.

Students are nomitated by teachers or educators, but very few nominees are selected to attend the conferences. Although some trips are overseas, high school students are also able to attend a university and take specific classes suited to their interests. For the summer 2005 trip, students can choose between UCLA, Georgetown, or University of Denver. Interjected into these ten-day courses are field trips. At Georgetown, to the Smithsonian, monuments of DC, International Spy Museum, and Capitol Hill. University of Denver offers whitewater rafting on Cache la Poudre River, hiking in the Rocky Mountains,and exlporing life on area college campuses and nearby ranches, while UCLA boasts a trip to Disneyland and California's beaches, looking for stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum. The trips are highly educational and provide students with resources to explore the world around them as well as their individual potential.

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