UVA Center for Politics Recruiting Hosts for Caribbean Youth Ambassadors

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – From Tuesday, Aug. 13 through Saturday, Aug. 24, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will serve as a host organization for the Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean. The program is operated by the Center’s Global Perspectives on Democracy Program in partnership with World Learning and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This exchange will include 12 high school students and two adult mentors from countries throughout the Caribbean region. To provide a rich cultural experience, the Youth Ambassadors will reside in the homes of Charlottesville-area citizens, and the Center for Politics is currently in search of host households. A host can take a variety of forms: senior citizens, households with children, singles, couples without children, and recent graduates are all encouraged to host one or two of these students.

Hosts are expected to:

  • Provide a room with a bed (Youth Ambassadors may share a room with a host’s child of the same gender/age)
  • Share in each other’s cultures
  • Include the student in family activities and events
  • Provide most breakfasts and dinners on weekdays and all meals on the weekend
  • Transport student to UVA at beginning and pick up at end of each weekday.

For additional information about the opportunity to host a delegate of the Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean, contact Daman Irby at irby@virginia.edu or 434-243-8475.