America's Unofficial Ambassadors Program is a network committed to connecting, supporting, and promoting international volunteerism between the West and Muslim world. They have recently launched their directory, and have some exciting opportunities in three new programs:
The Building Peace by Building Homes Series
(flyer attached). From January 6-15 2012, Creative Learning will lead a group of American volunteers to Jordan to support local community development initiatives, learn about Jordanian culture, and meet face-to-face with Jordanian families and university students. Volunteers will spend 4 days working with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for poor families in the north of the country. They will also engage in discussion with civil society groups in Amman and Irbid to learn more about Jordanian culture, share insight into American culture, and discuss challenges common to both societies. The Building Peace by Building Homes trip to Jordan will end with visits to Petra (one of the modern 7 Wonders of the World) and the Dead Sea. Volunteers will engage directly with local citizens throughout every aspect of the trip. The experience will be rounded out with pre-departure webinar discussions to offer some context on Jordanian culture, development challenges in the region, Islam, and the importance of cross-cultural partnerships. Even better, volunteers will join a growing community of citizens committed to bettering relations between America and the Muslim World through Creative Learning's America's Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) initiative. In fact, this is the first in a series of three Building Peace by Building Homes trips that Creative Learning will lead in 2012 [Additional trips to Tajikistan (May) and Indonesia (July) are still being planned].
The 2011-2012 School-2-School Initiative
. Beginning in November 2011, Creative Learning will implement a cultural learning and educational development program called School-2-School (S2S). S2S is an established program that links schools in the US with elementary schools in developing countries. For information on past years' programs, click here
. This year we’ve chosen to benefit schools in Egypt and/or Jordan. Students in the US will raise funds to support the donation of early childhood educational materials and supplies, as well as exchange letters/photos/e-mails with students from their partner school abroad and learn about their country and culture in school. In addition to this wonderful cultural exchange among students, Creative Learning will support the trip expenses for a volunteer from the US school to visit the host school abroad as an Unofficial Ambassador for up to four weeks in the summer of 2012.
The AUA Network
. The America’s Unofficial Ambassadors Network is a community of past, current and future volunteers who are interested in building people-to-people partnerships between America and the Muslim World. Members of the AUA Network will share impactful experiences, have access to resources and mentors, and participate in webinars on issues related to international development, America and the Muslim World, effective volunteering, and more! The AUA Network is the conduit for everything you need to know about building peace and making a difference in the lives of others through volunteering in the Muslim World.
Thanks for your continued support of AUA!