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Old 08-10-2005, 04:41 AM
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People to People Student Ambassador Programs

DH and I received a letter in the mail from the People to People Student Ambassador Programs.

The literature and the website sound really interesting. But, I was wondering if anyone else has heard of this program. And if anyone has had the opportunity for their child to experience the program?

I would like to know a few things. Such as, did the child enjoy it?
What was the cost?
Would the child want to experience it again?
Would you send your child again?

Here is a link to the website:

http://www.studentambassadors.org/

Any information would be appreciated!!!
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Old 08-11-2005, 04:08 PM
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One of my niece's did this program three years ago. This is terrible but I can't remember where she went or what she did although I know I would remember if she didn't like it. I will speak with her in the next week or so and let you know. I know that it cost quite a bit of money, that she met several times with her group before she went and if I remember right she felt like she was gone a long time (it was her first time away from home for more than a week).


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Old 08-12-2005, 08:25 AM
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Thank you Juliecc913. I greatly apprecite it!
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Old 08-13-2005, 11:10 AM
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My older daughter was invited to join the program in the summer of 2001... but I wawn't sending her to Madrid ( or anywhere) back then

My niece went to Japan a few years ago. I believe it was expensive but a good value, if you know what I mean.

My nephew was going to go to Munich with them this year, but his mom changed her mind...
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People to People program

My son went on the program in the 7th grade. He went to Europe, about 4 countries. He really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. It really helped his self-esteem at that point. We live in Hawaii so it was quite a trip for them.
I would do it again. It cost $5,000 10 years ago. They had a home stay with a family in Germany.
He still keeps in contact with a few of the students he went with.

I would say "go for it"

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Old 08-13-2005, 08:01 PM
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Two yrs ago my DD was invited to join People to People when she received the invitation in the mail. But when I tried to sign her up on the website, she was told she had to wait another yr as she was in 4th grade. The scheduled place to go was Australia for 4 weeks and she really wanted to go.

I wish the website would give more information. It sounds interesting. But 4 weeks out of the country for a 5th grader is a long time. To me, the kids would enjoy it more if they were in high school. The website did say that a parent could go along as a chaperone. But again no prices are mentioned.

My DD is still interested in joining. And every yr they seem to go to different places.


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Old 08-13-2005, 11:06 PM
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My son has received the invitation for 2 years in a row, but it is VERY EXPENSIVE...over $8,000 (if I remember right). We just don't have that kind of money. He was really interested in going & I wish I could've sent him, but it wasn't meant to be....
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Old 08-14-2005, 02:39 PM
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Thank you so much ladies for your input.

Looks like DD won't be able to go, we just don't have that kind of money either! Isn't it a government funded thing?
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Old 08-14-2005, 08:47 PM
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No, I don't think it is...I think it's a private/public company, but federally funded. I want to say that they offer some scholarships, but as I don't have the invitations anymore, I cannot say for sure...
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:07 PM
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Two yrs ago and even last yr my DD has received these letters. And I just got one in the mail for my DS. He is 10 yrs old and in 5th grade. His is also Developmentally Delayed. He is in a special program at school and is still learning the Alphabet.

This letter states that he is invited to travel and study in England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands in 2006. And he has been recommended for the honor by a teacher, former Student Ambassador or National Academic listing.

And can experience 20 days of rewarding activities all while earning high school and university credit.

The meeting is scheduled for late Sept. I just wish that they would give more info in the letter or on the web site. I haven't considered letting my DD do this at this young age and definitely don't see my DS doing this. I guess the kids are just on some list. It's hard at this age to let my kids stay with friends let alone go out of the country.
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