Young Ambassadors visit the Embassy of France
This week, students from the Young Ambassadors exchange program visited the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. for a three-day training session. The exchange program, founded in 2012, gives junior and senior high school students from France the opportunity to visit the United States for two weeks. A partner program provides a similar experience for American students.
The goals of the exchange program are to educate students about international diplomacy and foster cross-cultural understanding among participants. Students are selected based on their language abilities and their passion for engaging with individuals from other cultures. During the Young Ambassadors’ days at the French Embassy, the American and French students were able to meet each other while learning about differences in education, culture and even stereotypes of each country.
Patrick Lachaussée, first counselor of the Embassy of France, spoke to the students about their role as future ambassadors and his own experience working with youth in France. He told the students, "You are great assets to your respective countries, and the embassy is very proud and happy to welcome you."
Now that they have completed their training at the embassy, each group of Young Ambassadors will embark on a journey to discover one another’s countries. Over the next two weeks, the French Young Ambassadors will visit a number of government institutions and monuments in Washington, D.C. They will also be welcomed by American host families and attend U.S. high schools, where they will meet American students their age and participate in classes.
At the end of November, the 15 American students selected for the Young Ambassadors program will travel to Paris. There, they will visit the U.S. Embassy in France and learn about French cultural institutions. They will also attend a French high school for one week to learn about the education system.