A fully-funded program for high school students and adult mentors (from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Paraguay) to immerse themselves in another culture while developing leadership skills. Complete a service project when you return home.
Youth participants are competitively selected to study community development, civic engagement, as well as leadership theories and practice through a three-week international training. In 2017, San Francisco Bay Area participants travel to Paraguay; Ecuadorian participants to Houston, Texas; and Paraguayan and Uruguayan participants travel together to San Francisco, California.
Adult mentors are teachers, youth educators, or college students studying education, international relations (or related fields) who have a passion for mentoring young leaders. Mentors chaperone youth abroad for 3 weeks, live an immersive lifestyle while in another country, and support program staff in the development and facilitation of community and leadership development workshops.
Practice your Spanish or English while immersing yourself in another culture. Bring back the memories and new skills to implement a service project for 4-6 months in your home community.
June 22 — July 15, 2017 (3 weeks): Participants from San Francisco Bay Area traveling to Paraguay **Participants return home to carry out a service project until December, 2017.
Rachel Koslofsky, Regional Director
510-703-4121 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rut Fleitas, YA Program Coordinator-Paraguay
+595 21 609 277 – Int. 119 | email@example.com
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Lucia Piriz | YA Program Coordinator-Uruguay
00598-24089977 – Int. 2 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbie Gittinger, Regional Director
713-782-5290 – Int.159 | email@example.com
Program is fully funded by the US Department of State.
9th, 10th, 11th grade high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area. Secondary students from Paraguay, Uruguay and Ecuador. Participants must be citizens of the country which they are representing.
Paraguay is characterized by beautiful rolling green hills and unique red soil.
Daytime temperatures average at 64F but can get much cooler at night as it is their winter season.
Beef is a main staple as well as mandioca, a starchy vegetable similar to common potatoes.
Paraguay has two official languages: Spanish and the indigenous language Guarani. Most Paraguayans speak both languages fluently.
US Department of State awarded AMIGOS the Youth Ambassadors Program to offer a fully funded program to San Francisco Bay Area, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Ecuador youth. The Youth Ambassadors Program promotes mutual understanding in the Americas while preparing youth to make a difference in their communities. http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/youth-ambassadors
DESEM is the Uruguayan branch of Junior Achievement Worldwide. DESEM currently implements educational programs for primary, middle and high school students in all 19 departments of Uruguay and serves to act as an agent of change for Uruguayan youth. www.desem.org.uy
Fundación Paraguaya is a social enterprise founded that seeks to develop innovative solutions to poverty and unemployment, and proactively disseminate them throughout the world. Fundación Paraguaya implements leadership, microfinance, and entrepreneurship programming for young people throughout Paraguay. www.fundacionparaguaya.org.py
Plan Ecuador is the national representative of the organization Plan International in Ecuador. Plan Ecuador works in over 1,000 communities to ensure that girls, boys and adolescents in the country can enjoy a dignified life by fully exercising their rights. http://www.plan.org.ec/