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February 3, 2015

On February 2, the Youth Ambassadors 2015 program officially launched. The US Embassy Quito and Plan International Ecuador invite high school students to compete to become one of 13 Youth Ambassadors 2015 who will participate in three-week cultural exchange in the United States.

Ambassador Adam Namm emphasized the importance of these cultural exchanges to strengthen the relationships between the two countries. “The personal links that we have between the United States and Ecuador are very important and the Youth Ambassadors exchange is an opportunity to strengthen even further these bonds.”

Since April 2007, 107 Ecuadorian Youth Ambassadors have traveled to the United States. This is the ninth year of this competition for students at public and certain private schools in Ecuador. This cultural exchange is financed by the United States government and will take place in September 2015. More detailed information about the program can be found here.

The applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Between 15 and 18 years old by September 9, 2015
  • Enrolled in secondary school at the time of the trip (September 2015)
  • Have Ecuadorian citizenship
  • An excellent student at a public school or a scholarship recipient at a private school
  • An active participant in social projects and volunteer work
  • Demonstrate initiative and leadership
  • Never previously traveled to the United States
  • Come from a family with limited economic resources
  • Do not have to speak English to apply

The deadline to apply is May 20, 2015.

In the United States, the selected students will participate in volunteer projects and receive leadership and project design training. At the beginning of the exchange, they will stay with host families in Texas, with whom they will share Ecuadorian culture. This program will conclude in Washingon, D.C., where the Youth Ambassadors from Ecuador will visit historical sites.

For more information please contact Plan International Ecuador at (02) 2444-940, 2444-941 or write to jovenesembajadoresec@amigoslink.org. To access the application visit www.plan.org.ec or contact the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy at (02) 398-5000.

To view a video about the Youth Ambassadors 2014, click here.

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Ambassador Namm Visits Santo Domingo

January 28, 2015

On January 26, Ambassador Adam Namm visited the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province for the first time and participated in a ceremony organized by the municipality. The mayor Víctor Manuel Quirola presented the Ambassador with keys to the city and, as part of the ceremony, two children representing the Tsáchila Nation presented him with crafts made by their community.

The Ambassador also met with members of the Cantonal Board for the Protection of Rights to share experiences in projects to eradicate gender-based violence and human trafficking.

During a brief meeting with the media the Ambassador addressed various themes concerning the bilateral relationship and emphasized cooperation in education projects. He also informed the press that, by March, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas will have the first class of graduates from the Access English scholarship program sponsored by the US Embassy.

In the afternoon, Ambassador Namm spoke with representatives from the House of Commerce in Santo Domingo about global economic affairs and the increase in the commercial relationship between Ecuador and the United States.  IN 2013, the two countries reported $19 Billion in commercial trade. 

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16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

As part of the international “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” campaign, the Embassy hosted a round-table discussion for representatives of NGOs working to improve living conditions of women in Ecuadorian society.

The participants discussed ways to promote equal rights for women and improve women’s services and participation in a wide range of initiatives. The meeting offered an opportunity for women to share their experiences, their most effective practices, and the challenges yet to be faced in the fight against gender violence. The meeting included audiences located in other cities that followed the discussions through a live virtual platform.

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