News & Events
Inauguration of New U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil
Ambassador Adam Namm and Consul General David Lindwall inaugurated the new facilities of the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil on February 7, 2014, with local authorities in attendance.
The new complex, located in the San Eduardo neighborhood in northern Guayaquil, was built with an investment of more than $66 million dollars, and the project created approximately 450 new jobs.
During the dedication ceremony, Ambassador Namm highlighted the United States’ historic links with Guayaquil for the last 188 years and reiterated the U.S. government’s firm commitment to and friendship with Ecuadorians from the Coast and the Southern provinces covered by the Guayaquil district. Ambassador Namm underscored the fact that the new facilities offer a more comfortable environment for consular applicants and more room to satisfy the ever growing demand for American citizen services and visa applications.
In a recorded greeting, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson underscored that the new complex “symbolizes a renewed commitment to our friendship” with the people of Ecuador.
Seeking Applications for Youth Ambassadors 2014
The U.S. Embassy in Quito, U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil, and EIL Ecuador call on high school students from throughout Ecuador to apply for the Youth Ambassadors 2014 program. Selected students will participate in a three-week cultural exchange and leadership development program in the United States financed entirely by the U.S. government. The Youth Ambassadors will be hosted by American families, will have opportunities to learn about American culture and share their own culture, participate in volunteering activities, and learn about leadership.
Interested applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be between 15 and 18 years old by September 13, 2014;
- Be enrolled in high school studies at the time of travel (September 2014);
- Have Ecuadorian citizenship;
- Be enrolled in a public school or with a scholarship in a private school;
- Have intermediate knowledge of English;
- Be active in social activities such as volunteerism and have leadership skills;
- Have no prior travel to the United States;
- Come from families with limited economic resources.
The deadline is May 20, 2014. If you need more information on the program please send an email to email@example.com or call the Embassy’s Cultural Affairs Section at 02-398-5000.
Study of the U.S. Institutes
The Embassy invites Ecuadorian students who are interested in learning more about U.S. history and government to participate in the “Study of the U.S. Institutes” Program for college leaders. The program, administered by the Embassy’s Cultural Affairs Section, will provide seven students from Ecuador the opportunity to travel to the United States for five weeks to learn about U.S. history and culture and to strengthen their leadership skills. The program includes seminars, fora, conferences, and educational and volunteering activities. Candidates must have an intermediate level in English and must be enrolled in the first year of college in order to apply.
Applications must be sent to the Embassy (Guayacanes N52-205 y Avigiras, Quito) by Thursday, January 9 at the latest, to the attention of “Oficina Cultural” with reference to “Study of the U.S. Institutes.”
For additional information, please call 02-3985000 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Teaching Excellence and Achievement” (TEA) – Call for applications
The Embassy Cultural Affairs Section is pleased to announce the professional exchange program for secondary school teachers “Teaching Excellence and Achievement.” Application requirements are available upon request from email@example.com. Required documentation must be sent to the Embassy in Quito (Ave. Guayacanes N52-205 y Ave. Avigiras) to the attention of the Cultural Affairs Office, reference “TEA,” by January 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM.
The TEA program consists of a six-week internship in the United States during 2014-2015 spring or summer. Participants are scheduled to participate in academic workshops focused on the development of new teaching methodologies, curricula development, classroom planning, and teaching strategies. The program also includes opportunities for internships in secondary schools and for systems refreshment courses. The program provides mentorship and support for each participant during his/her stay, and the possibility of gaining insights into U.S. culture.
Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation
For thirteen years in a row, the Embassy has invited public and private institutions involved in preservation activities to submit projects aimed at the preservation of the local culture to compete for amounts ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 in a global competition.
The U.S. Department of State created the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation in 2001 to help friendly countries conserve their cultural heritage. Since its inception, eight projects have received financing in Ecuador.
More information is available through firstname.lastname@example.org
USAID Justice Program Presented Results
The Program for Justice Strengthening, financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and administered by East West Management Institute (EWMI), presented the results of the last phase of its operations on November 21. The program goals were to broaden access to justice in an efficient and timely manner and boost citizens’ participation in the judicial reform.
Assistant Director of USAID Ecuador, Christopher Cushing delivered welcome remarks at the close-out event, which was also attended by officials from various judicial system institutions and project beneficiaries. Cushing highlighted the significant results of this justice program in five major areas: development of human talent, institutional strengthening, improved efficiency in criminal proceedings, wider access to justice, and improved participation of the civil society in the judicial reform.