Student Ambassador for People To People – Trip To Europe

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Summer 2010 – I traveled to Europe as a Student Ambassador for the People-To-People Program.

I was one of forty five student ambassadors, from the Howard County-Baltimore, Maryland area, selected as a member for the European Odyssey group. Each student ambassador must be nominated by a teacher, community representative or someone who represents the People to People program. Once nominated, student ambassadors must submit references and are carefully interviewed and evaluated before we are accepted.

The People-To-People movement dates back more than half a century to its founding by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. President Eisenhower was acting on his firm belief that direct interaction between ordinary citizens around the world can promote cultural understanding and world peace.

I was excited to have been chosen to participate in this unique, exciting and very important global service project. I not only be representing the Howard County-Baltimore area, but the United States of America as well.

I traveled to France, Greece and Italy. This 20-day program included meetings with government officials, interaction with other students in my own age group, participating in educational and cultural activities and living with host families in these exciting countries.

As an aspiring Executive Chef, this experience was be invaluable for me. These are some of the most amazing places in the world and I was able to go there and experience the different cultures, the people, schools, the environment, and most of all the cuisine.