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Summer Cultural Ambassador

The mission of the Summer Outreach program is to provide opportunities for high school students to participate in programs to expand their understanding of world cultures and international affairs. The primary goals of this scholarship program include:

  • Enriching students' understanding of other cultures
  • Increasing students' awareness of the diversity of global customs and needs
  • Motivating and rewarding high-performing students
  • Developing students' self-confidence, communication skills, critical thinking and social skills
  • Developing language skills
  • Providing opportunities to make a difference through community service activities in other countries and at home.

For summer study overseas, the Council cooperates with The Experiment in International Living program and with the Student Diplomacy Corps program.  Both offer unique, and possibly life-changing 3 to 5 week summer study/service programs in countries all over the world as can be seen if you visit their websites for specifics (see links below).  In the summer of 2014, the Naples Council offered generous scholarships and financial aid toward the cost of these programs to 11 qualified local high school students representing 5 different schools.

For the 2015  program the Council is offering scholarships for 11th graders during the 2014-15 school year  in the amount of $4,000 to successful applicants.  In addition, financial aid may be available from the Experiment in International Living or Student Diplomacy Corps office based on financial need as determined by completing the financial aid application form provided by their office.  Participants should anticipate that they will be responsible, at a minimum, for spending money abroad and the cost of roundtrip domestic airfare to the site of overseas departure.

The Experiment in International Living Leadership Program is a new program offered this year.  EIL has invited the Naples Council on World Affairs to nominate one student to participate in this wonderful opportunity.  Nomination does not guarantee selection by EIL.  The six week program, which is fully funded except for incidental spending money, provides for the following:                                                                                                                                                       1. one week in Washington D.C. for an orientation                                                                                                                                     2. four weeks in either South Africa or India participating in a community service project                                                                       3. one week in Brattleboro, Vermont debriefing and planning a community service project in their own community.                      Note:  Because students have to go through a two step selection process for this program, an earlier application date of December 12, 2014 is required.

Students seeking scholarships are asked to first refer to Expectation of Student Return Activity agreement in Important Documents and Forms below, outlining the expectations the Council has of students after having participated in one of these programs. They then must complete  the Summer Cultural Ambassador applications by Feb. 2, 2015, the date indicated on the appropriate application, and be interviewed by members of the Council Outreach Committee. Priority will be given to applicants for countries outside Western Europe and for program themes within the countries that relate to the mission of the Naples Council on World Affairs-"to educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and critical global issues."

Juniors applying for the 2015 Summer Cultural Ambassador summer travel must complete the "Summer Cultural Ambassador Application" provided in the Important Documents and Forms below. After students are approved by the NCWA Outreach Committee, the official EIL/SDC application will be completed online through the Outreach Committee contact.

The deadline for EIL Leadership program is Dec. 12, 2014. All other applications are due Feb. 2, 2015.

The Naples Council on World Affairs School Outreach Committee awarded last year’s annual scholarships to 11 exceptional Collier County students for a summer program abroad sponsored by World Learning Experiment in International Living Program and the Student Diplomacy Corps. The students met the criteria which included their academic achievement, leadership skills, community service and commitment to global understanding and were selected from a pool of forty-four applicants. This year, the students traveled to a variety of countries. Listed below are selected students and essays describing their experiences:

  • Barron Collier: Emily Meuers, Thailand Essay - Click here to read
  • Community School: Bryce Morrow,  Brazil Essay - Click here to read
  • Gulf Coast: Justin Liberman , South Korea Essay - Click here to read ,                                                            Carley Mambuca, Turkey Essay - Click here to read ,                                                                                        Jenny Trang, Morocco Essay -  Click here to read
  • Golden Gate: Yilian Pimienta, South Africa Essay - Click here to read,                                                           Hannah Seitz, Tanzania Essay - Click here to read
  • Lely: Johann Charelus, Botswana Essay - Click here to read
  • Naples: Isabel Gareau, Peru Essay - Click here to read,                                                                                         Erin Sadowski, Japan Essay - Click here to read
  • Seacrest: Cameron Buxton, Mongolia Essay - Click here to read

All of the students who traveled abroad lived with host families for part of their experience and participated in community service activities.

Import Documents and Forms


Click here to download the 2014 Experiment in International Living Catalog (PDF format)

Link to Student Diplomacy Corps. Website:

Click here to download the 2015 NCWA Summer Cultural Ambassador/Governor's Institute Scholarship Application (PDF format)

Click here to download the Expectation of Student Return form (PDF format)


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