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Sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department

We are pleased to announce that with support from the United States Department of State, Partners of the America will recruit 10 youth (15-17 years) living in Venezuela to participate in the Youth Ambassadors program to the U.S. This program develops a sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community among participants, builds leadership capacity, and fosters relationships among participants from different ethnic, religious and national groups.

Para información en español, haga clic aquí.

Partners of the Americas will also recruit one adult mentor living in Venezuela who will assume the important responsibility of accompanying and guiding youth through their experience and motivate the youth to be active participants before, during and after the exchange. For the mentor application, click here.

The selected youth and adult mentor will travel to Washington, DC and a host state for about four weeks during September/October 2017.

As a Youth Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Appreciate similarities and differences between the U.S. and Venezuela;
  • Learn about U.S. history, culture, politics, environment and language(s);
  • Develop the skills needed to be a positive leader in your community;
  • Explore societal challenges and create a service project for your community;
  • Connect to a network of volunteers/community leaders including other youth throughout the hemisphere.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to participate: 

  • Be a high school student between 15-17 years old at date of travel (September/October 2017);
  • Currently enrolled in a high school and have at least one semester remaining after October 2017;
  • Good academic standing;
  • Display leadership qualities and potential;
  • Have volunteer experience and a real commitment to serving others;
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English;
  • Be a Venezuelan citizen; 
  • Have little to no previous travel experience to the U.S. 

Applications of eligible candidates will be reviewed and finalists will be contacted by Partners staff and Youth Ambassadors Coordinators in Venezuela for an interview. 

Applications will be accepted no later than April 30th. We highly recommend submitting your application hours or days in advance to avoid any technical issues and ensure it's received on time. Note that all applicants must only submit one application either online or by email. Do not submit your application both online and through email.

Partners of the Americas, with US State Department funding, will pay all expenses related to participation in the program including domestic and international flights, meals, accident and sickness protection, required vaccinations, some spending money, and lodging.

Complete the following application in English and submit the required materials listed below through this online system or by completing this PDF application then scanning and emailing the application with all required attachments to CaracasExchanges@state.gov and companerosdevenezuela@gmail.com by April 30th, 2017. 

Required attachments:

1. Submit a copy of your completed application form;

2. A legible copy of your identity card;

3. A legible copy of the bio-data page of your valid passport;

4. Certificate of Registration in the current school period issued by your school authorities;

5. A copy of your school record/grades for 2016-2017;

6. A legible copy of a recibo de servicio público that proves your residence;

7. Photography 5 x 5 cm of full face in color with white background;

8. Letters of recommendation in Spanish from your school and the organization where you volunteer that provide information about why the applicant should be selected;

9. Personal financial balance of your parents;

10. Parents authorization to apply for the program.

This application includes four major sections:

1. Personal Information 

2. Application & Signatures (requires parent/guardian information, short essay responses, biographical information) 

3. Attachments (verification of Venezuelan citizenship, academic record for 2016-17, photo, etc.)

4. Recommendations

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to confirm receipt of applications.

Send questions to CaracasExchanges@state.gov and companerosdevenezuela@gmail.com

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