Anyone can step into the pages of history through an educational tour of another country, but how many can say they've talked with a concentration camp survivor, stood where Lincoln stood to deliver the Gettysburg address, or trained as a medieval knight? People to People Ambassador Programs takes students closer to important events and real understanding.
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It was truly a growth experience for my son. He came back with a much more mature attitude, sense of responsibility, and teamwork ethic. He was able to interact with different cultures and learn from them, which made him appreciate history."
—Erica Stewart, parent of Student
Ambassador, Powder Springs, Ga.
It no longer sets college applicants apart to say they traveled on an educational tour—today, you have to demonstrate what the travel did for you. How can you prove that your trip actually made a change in the way you think and act? Start with People to People Ambassador Programs—our programs have been shown to increase students' cultural intelligence (CQ) as effectively as a whole semester abroad.
But there are other features that offer an edge in the competitive college admissions race:
High school Ambassadors can earn academic credit through the Washington School of World Studies. Eastern Washington University also offers early college credit to Ambassadors, while younger students receive an official certificate for their scholastic record. Whichever transcript you earn, academic experts will recognize it as proof that real curriculum was wrapped into your educational tour.
Based on transcript requests, here are schools that recent Student Ambassadors applied to or attended:
The international experience has also led many Student Ambassadors to continue their education overseas. Past Ambassadors have attended or applied to:
On becoming Ambassadors, students may know little about their destination. But after experiencing a new place and new people, they’re often inspired to achieve more in school, develop a new interest, or pursue a rewarding career.
EXHIBIT A: Student Ambassador Brandon Perlow leapfrogged from an educational tour of the Tower of London to becoming a classroom expert on British history—10 years later, he returned to England to earn his master’s degree from the London School of Economics!
Fueled by the confidence that comes from independent travel, global exposure, and critical thinking, Ambassadors return home to find a whole world opened to them.