How Do We Qualify? Educators/Experience with Children Extensive Travel Experience CPR and First Aid Trained Experience as Leaders Extensive on-line Annual Training Ensure Smooth and Fun Travel Provide Education Practice Safe Procedures Parents
Meet the Alumni Delegates and Alumni Parents Alumni Students Marissa Peori Alumni Parents: Sharon Peori Terri Cain
Mandatory Meeting Dates Morley Library November 2 Sunday 2:00-4:30 January 3 Saturday 10:00-1:00 February 7 Saturday 10:00-1:00 March 8 Sunday 2:00-4:30 May 9 Saturday 10:00-1:00 All Meetings will start and end on time. Please be punctual!
Program Perspectives Video Listen to the video Discussion Questions: What stands out in this video? What did you learn that you didn’t know before? What are you looking forward to the most? What are you excited about after watching this video?
Communication for Success Email is mandatory- check this daily -has anyone not received emails? Leader Contact Information: Natalie Rowles 440-639-0180 440-667-9842 firstname.lastname@example.org Alison Rogers 440-823-5914 email@example.com
What the Orientation Meetings Will Cover Prepare students to be Student Ambassadors and understand the Mission of People to People. Ensure travel safety. Facilitate the pre-travel educational component of the program. Teambuilding activities so you can get to know your fellow ambassadors and leaders. Prepare delegation for travel. Build new friendships with your travel companions Answer any questions you or your child may have about the journey.
Working Together For a Successful Journey Trained Leaders Trained Managers Parents Program Office People to People Spokane Washington Delegates Community
Agenda Goals 4. Paperwork and Committees 2. Take photos and get shirt sizes 3. Teambuilding activities 1. Mission of People to People 5.Sign up for Presentations 7. Answer Questions and Concerns 6. Expectations and Assignments
Safety Always First At People to People, the health and safety of our Student Ambassadors have always been our top priority. For over 50 years, we've worked to continually make our health and safety measures as advanced and comprehensive as they can be. We choose our destinations carefully, relying on the advice of the U.S. State Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as numerous international safety and security organizations. Our delegation managers, who accompany each delegation and coordinate the daily activities, know the local area, are equipped with cell phones and pagers, and are supported by an international team. In addition, we provide training for our delegation leaders, all of whom are CPR-certified. The leaders teach safety during the pre-travel orientation meetings and apply various methods to ensure that students are safe and accounted for during travel. We also maintain a 24-hour presence in our U.S. headquarters during all travel periods, so that Student Ambassador families can contact their traveling student delegate with regard to any family emergencies back home.
What do Delegates Gain From This Experience? Maturity/Problem Solving Team Building Skills Educational Experiences in the “Global Classroom” Awareness/Respect of other Cultures Geographical Awareness Promote Communication Skills Build Life-long friendships Civic responsibilities
Medical Issues and Health Forms We cannot give students medications We cannot remind them Full disclosure is vital It can be very dangerous if you do not disclose any health issues Confidentiality will be maintained If you need a copy of the Health Form Please get one and fill it out before you leave!
Paperwork Passport 2 photo I.D.’s 2 copies of passport Health form Success contract International Cell ? Order shirt size Recommendation letters Waivers- land or air deviations
Academic Credit High school students (grades 9-12) who successfully complete all the program coursework are granted high school academic credit through the Washington School of World Studies College credit from Eastern Washington University is an option for students in grades 7- 12 who complete the coursework and pay the fee
Academic Credit Change for 2008! High school academic credit is awarded only to students in grades 9-12 at the time of the program Students in 5 th through 8 th grade will receive a “Certificate of Completion” for successfully completing the coursework
On Board: The Student Website www.studentambassadors.org/onboard As part of certification for elementary students- you are expected to complete 11 chapters and quizzes. If you do not have Internet, you will have to make arrangements. Students log on to view their delegation’s information- learn about their programs, share info about themselves, get to know others. We encourage students and parents to become familiar with the site!!! Facebook will be available in January To Log in students need: Last name Delegate ID Password This is also on the handout!
Community Service Project Requirement Interconnectedness Civic Pride Community Connection Responsibility Empowerment Social Awareness
Disciplinary Policy Prevention is the best policy Moderate Violation Serious Violation Severe Violation Delegate Written statement Call home To Parents Loss of free time Letter of apology Written statement Call home Call to Program office Loss of free time Shadow leader for day All previous responses Early curfew No credit Possible removal Contact program Office Removal Loss of credit No future participation Violation
Support During Travel What the Program Office can do for us….. Provide 24-hour support for our delegations and leaders who call the program office Assistance with medical emergencies and insurance claims Assistance with disciplinary issues Assistance communicating with delegates’ families
What if this program is not for us? Make sure that you let the program office know right away so you will be refunded You lose the deposit fee It is your responsibility to do this Your child will be invited back next year The travel program varies from year to year
Committee Teams Paperwork Phone tree Cell phone Community Service Bon Voyage Reunion picnic
Student Ice Breaker Activity Look for the person who has the same sticker as you. Introduce yourself. Find out as much as you can about the other person. Be ready to introduce your new friend to us.
What is an Ambassador? Groups of 4-5 students. Make poster board of What is a student ambassador. What phrases or words come to mind? A is for M is for
Assignments for the Next Meeting Become familiar with the student ambassador site and build your face book profile. Presentations- we will have 15 for next meeting.-sign up with Alison Get student I.D Camera: help your child with camera use- no extra lithium batteries in checked baggage. Extras in carry one in zip lock baggie On-line assignments: Chapter 1-5 and quiz Civics sheet Read the background of People to People and be ready to discuss this at the next meeting.