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April 10, 2014

Youth Exchange between Museums in Quito and Pittsburgh

Six teenagers from the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, members of the “Scaling Walls” club are in Quito until April 17, to participate in a museum exchange with local students at the Interactive Science Museum (MIC) in Quito.

The project, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department, and administered by the American Alliance of Museums under its “Connected Museums” program, aims to promote cooperation and train teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 in environmental and urban renewal issues.

During their stay, the participants will build vertical gardens and orchards in the communities surrounding the MIC and will share their experiences with similar projects in the United States with the local participants.

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April 9, 2014

“International Franchise Expo 2014”

The Embassy’s Commercial Unit announces the “International Franchise Expo” to take place June 19-21 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. The deadline for registration is May 1st.

This is the largest franchise expo in the country with hundreds of speakers and experts in the most modern and innovative concepts, and franchise opportunities in advertising, marketing, automotive services, beauty, cosmetics, construction, children’s products, fast food, electronics, cleaning, hotels, financial services, health services, education, among others. 

Those who sign-up as part of the Embassy’s delegation will have various benefits, such as:

  • Free registration and entrance
  • Free seminars
  • 50% discount on symposiums
  • Welcome reception
  • Arranged meetings with selected franchises (by previous request)
  • Free access to the Business Center
  • Programmed visits to franchises in the surrounding area (by previous request and approval)

For further information please write to Sandra Tinajero, Commercial Assistant, to TinajeroSV@state.gov

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April 5, 2014

Ambassador Namm Meets with Access Students from Loja and Saraguro

While visiting Loja on April 4, Ambassador Namm took the opportunity to meet with students from the English teaching program Access. Thirty participants from Loja and Saraguro met with the Ambassador as part of a session on “Global Quality English”. The students prepared speeches and presentations in English.

Ambassador Namm congratulated the group and encouraged them to continue perfecting their language skills. “The present world is increasingly interconnected, and English is indispensable for young people like you to have the opportunity to reach their full potential” Ambassador Namm said.

To date, the Access program has granted scholarships to 225 students nationwide, and the Embassy hopes to increase that figure during 2014. Access is a U.S. Department of State program designed to provide outstanding students a useful tool for their academic development while at the same time teaching them about U.S. culture, history, and traditions.

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