USA Pavilion Student Ambassadors at Expo 2017 Astana

June 2017 - August 2017

Since 1851, World Fairs, or Expos have been an opportunity to celebrate innovation and facilitate collaboration across countries. For Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, Eurasia Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the American Councils for International Education partnered together to facilitate the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship program. Student Ambassadors are young Americans who served in a number of capacities to host  visitors  at the USA Pavilion and worked with sponsors to help organize various events at the VIP lounge.

The theme of Astana Expo 2017, "Future Energy," had an overall focus on green technologies, sustainable development, energy for all, and energy security in the future. The United States participated by hosting a USA Pavilion, which was designed to educate and inform foreign audiences about the United States and convey the story of America’s “Infinite Energy” through its  partnerships and technological innovations. The USA Pavilion also helped promote broad U.S. commercial and public diplomacy interests and people-to-people ties with Kazakhstan and Eurasia.

The opportunity to become a Student Ambassador is open to all college and university students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, along with recent graduates (including those who have graduated since spring 2015).

The deadline for submission of applications to the Student Ambassador Program is March 24, 2017 (11:59 pm PST). Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Approximately 40 Student Ambassadors were selected. Familiarity with Russian and/or Kazakh language was required, a working proficiency (ILR 2 /ACTFL Advanced) or higher in Russian or Kazakh is strongly preferred. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents currently participating in an international education or diplomacy-related program abroad were eligible and strongly encouraged to apply. Student Ambassadors were required to stay for the entire duration of the Expo (June 1 - September 12, 2017).   
Click here to watch the swearing in ceremony for the USA Pavilion's Student Ambassadors and follow the Ambassadors' adventures on Facebook and Twitter!

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