1. Do I have to hold U.S. Citizenship to apply for this program?
    • Yes. You must be a U.S. Citizen in order to be eligible for this program.
  2. What are the dates of the program? 
    • The US Youth Ambassadors will travel to Peru in summer 2017. The tentative dates are July 2- 27, 2017. However, please note that these dates are subject to change depending on flight availability.
    • The Youth Ambassadors from Bolivia and Peru will travel to the US in fall 2017. The tentative dates are October 16- November 11, 2017. However, please note that these dates are subject to change depending on flight availability.
  3. I don’t currently have a passport, can I still apply for this program?
    • Yes. While you don’t need to have a passport to apply for the program, you will need to apply for a passport if you are selected to participate in the program. All costs associated with the passport application process will be covered by the program for selected finalists only.
  4. I’m only 14 years old now, but I’ll be 15 in July 2017, can I still apply?
    • Yes. As long as you will be between 15 and 18 during the exchange (July 2017) you are eligible to apply.
  5. I’m 17 years old, but I will graduate from high school in 2017, can I still apply?
    1. No. You must have at least 1 semester of high school remaining following the program in order to complete your Community Action Project.
  6. Who should I contact if I have any questions about the application or program?
    • Contact Sara Noel or Bridget Mullins at Amizade, 412-586-4986 or yapsa@amizade.org with any questions about the application or the program. Please do NOT contact the U.S. Embassy with your questions.
  7. Can siblings apply to the Youth Ambassadors Program?
    • Yes, siblings can apply.
  8. Can parents of applicants apply to be Adult Mentors?
    • Parents and children are both eligible to apply. However, parents and children are NOT able to travel together, if both a parent and child are accepted, only one will be allowed to attend.
  9. Will I receive confirmation that my application has been received?
    • Yes. You will receive a computer-generated email for the online application. You will also receive an email confirmation when ALL required documents have been received by the Amizade office.Please be aware that, due to the volume of applicants, we ask that you do not contact the office to inquire about the status of your application.
  10. What is the Selection Process?
    • All complete applications will be reviewed by our selection committee. Following the initial review, all applicants will receive an email notification informing them whether or not they have been invited to the interview stage of the application process.
    • Applicants selected for an interview will be invited to schedule interviews in March. Following the interviews, 12 youth and 2 adult finalists will be selected and notified. Alternates for both youth participants and adult mentors will also be chosen.
    • All applicants who attended the interviews will be notified, whether or not they have been selected.
  11. How much does the program cost?
    • The Youth Ambassadors Program is is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by Amizade Global Service-Learning.  The program is fully funded and there is NO cost to apply or to participate in the program.
  12. How do I learn more and apply to be a Youth Ambassador?
  13. How do I learn more and apply to be an Adult Mentor?