Youth Ambassadors Depart on Their First Exchange Program to the U.S.

On March 21, Chargé d’ Affaires Dan Perrone attended a departure ceremony for thirteen Argentine Youth Ambassadors (YA). He learned about their expectations before their first visit to the United States and wished them luck and success during their participation in this prestigious exchange program.

Since 2007, 77 high-school students have travelled to the United States under the YA Program, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with World Learning. The YA Program provides these students and their mentors the opportunity to experience the United States first-hand and to broaden their understanding of U.S. culture, education, and society while promoting mutual understanding between the people of the Americas. The program also is an invaluable opportunity for them to practice their English.

While in the United States, the Youth Ambassadors will visit Washington, D.C., Kansas, Missouri, and Dallas, Texas. In Washington, the group will visit the city’s monuments and museums and meet with government, business, and educational leaders. They will also visit universities, sports, and cultural centers. In Dallas and Kansas, they will live with American host families, attend a local public school, and participate in community service-learning projects and activities geared to expose participants to American culture and U.S. democratic values and institutions. Argentine and American students will also share information about their countries with each other.