Ambassador Dogu met with High school students from Corn Island and Managua to wish them a good trip on their travels with the the State Department’s Central American Youth Ambassadors Program, an cultural and academic Exchange.
“Most Americans have never been to Nicaragua and perhaps have the wrong information about the country, and this scholarship gives you the opportunity to change that when you show them Nicaragua’s hospitality, its traditions, natural beauty, traditional dances and food,” the Ambassador said.
The students, between 15 and 18, plus a teacher mentor will start their trip in Washington, D.C., and will visit Marquette, Michigan and Jacksonville, Florida. The program’s goal is to promote mutual understanding and collaboration between the two countries, and developing leadership and civic involvement in the students. They will also will have the opportunity to share with host families and to participate in educational, cultural and community service activities to get to know American culture and values.
When they come back, the students will receive seed money to develop social or environmental projects that will help their communities.
This will be the second group that travels to the U.S. in 2017. The first group of five students plus a mentor went in January.
The Youth Ambassacors Program has been in Nicaragua for ten years, and has benefited 120 Nicaraguan students and mentors from all over Nicaragua. Georgetown University has been administering and implementing the program since 2010.