CHI Ambassadors: Impacting the Future of Cultural Diplomacy

Fourteen distinguished winners from Cultural Homestay International’s (CHI’s) Summer Work & Travel program, representing ten different countries, were chosen to participate in CHI’s Cultural Ambassador Award (CAA) conference, in Washington, DC.  The attendees engaged in lively panel discussions with officials at the Educational Cultural Affairs division of the Department of State and listened to inspiring speakers address the power and value of public diplomacy and cultural exchange.

At the end of the four-day conference, which also included taking in the major sights of the nation’s capital, the CAA winners gained a deep understanding of their roles as leaders and representatives of their respective countries.

“I haven’t shared that much about Ukraine in my lifetime, it was a great honor for me to be an ambassador, and even greater honor to communicate with the Department of State and Embassy leaders we met in Washington. “- Bohdana Sydor, Ukraine

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Lynette Evans-Tieman Public Affairs Specialist, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs Office of the Private Sector Exchange, CHI Cultural Ambassador Bohdana Sydor (Ukraine) and Alyson L. Grunder Senior Bureau Official & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
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Kevin Saba, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Private Sector Exchanges, Department of State in an engaged conversation with CHI Cultural Ambassadors
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CHI Cultural Ambassador Conference with guest speaker Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of the Alliance for International Exchange. “We learn that we are much more alike than different”.
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CHI Cultural Ambassadors with Lynette Evans-Tieman, Public Affairs Specialist, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs Office of the Private Sector Exchange, Rubens Campana, Brazilian Embassy’s Press and Public Diplomacy Department, Saffia Bloomfield, First Secretary/Consul of Jamaica and CHI representatives.
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Cultural Ambassadors from Malaysia, Poland, Uzbekistan, Russia and Jamaica proudly represent their countries.
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CHI Cultural Ambassadors in the lobby of the Department of State.
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CHI Cultural Ambassador Natoya Scott from Jamaica proudly displaying her certificate of recognition.
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CHI Cultural Ambassadors visiting Washington Monument.

 

CHI would like to give a big thank you to all of our sponsors, who helped make this event possible: Blazing Saddles Bike Rental, MGN Pools, Beach Mart, Sunset Pool, Hotel Galvez & Spa, Johnny Rockets, and Extreme Pizza.