BENEFITING: Animal Defenders International US
EVENT DATE: Jun 17, 2012
Micheal was recently accepted into the People to People Ambassador program which gives students the opportunity to travel abroad to different countries and experience different cultures while serving as an ambassador from the United States. People to People has a clear mission: to provide students with unparalleled access to people and places beyond compare, preparing them for success in a globalized world by making friends locally and globally. Student ambassadors visit schools, experience homestays, absorb world culture through firsthand exploration, meet with government experts, and enjoy unique insider access to significant people and places.
Micheal is currently a sophomore at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, NC. He is enrolled in advanced classes and is an honor roll student. He’s very active in his school and involved in multiple activities. Micheal plays the tuba in the marching band, the trumpet in the jazz band and is a member of the ultimate Frisbee club. In his free time, he is learning to build video games.
In addition to the unique experiences that People to People offer, student ambassadors also earn college credits. Students in grades 9-12 earn one semester elective social studies credit and 10 service-learning hours from the Washington School of World Studies for completion of a community service project while in the program. These credits transfer over to NC colleges such as the University of North Carolina and Wake Forest University as well as prestigious universities such Harvard and Yale.
Micheal’s dream is to visit China. He has the opportunity to visit Beijing, see Tiananmen Square and walk on the Great Wall. He will stay with a local family in Guilin, meet local students, go to Xi’an, see the famous terra cotta warriors, travel to Shanghai and walk the Bund which is China’s Wall Street. The trip will last for 17 days and is a once in a lifetime learning experience. It’s one thing to learn about other cultures in a book; it’s another to learn from the locals themselves.
Unfortunately, there is a significant cost to this program and, as a single mother, I am unable to shoulder the cost without assistance. I’m asking for donations from everyone to help me in sending this deserving young man to China as a student ambassador. The trip costs approximately $6500. A donation of $10, $20, $50 or more would be greatly appreciated.