If you have ever wanted to volunteer in Jordan, Lebanon or Turkey, you can now apply for a scholarship to help out with your volunteer expenses.
America's Unofficial Ambassadors is offering scholarships to GeoVisions' volunteers in Jordan, Lebanon or Turkey. Scholarships up to $5000 can be used to cover program fees and/or travel. Applications for the scholarship are being taken through August 31, 2011. The funds can be used for 2011 or 2012 program dates.
In Jordan, you can use this scholarship for:Conversation Corps-JordanConversation Partner-JordanMentoring in AqabaFeynan Ecolodge
In Lebanon, the scholarship can be used forConversation Corps-LebanonConversation Partner-Lebanon
In Turkey, the scholarship is available forConversation Corps-TurkeyConversation Partner-Turkey
You can read about the Mosaic Scholarship
and then there are links to the rules and regulations, and the application.
The underlying premise of America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) is that private American citizens have to do more to improve America’s relationship with the Muslim World. Read more about AUA
By December of 2012, AUA plans to have 1000 Americans commit to at least 1 week of service in the Muslim World. We are very proud to be an approved organization of AUA, and our programs in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey rank high enough to qualify for the scholarship.
Contact us if you have questions. You should work your application
with GeoVisons along with the application for the scholarship.
We welcome any comments about the programs or the scholarship.
Last week I wrote a Blog post about our new programs in Lebanon and then found a fantastic article about Beirut on USA Today. Right now we have Conversation Corps-Lebanon available if you want to live with a family in Lebanon and volunteer to teach them English. We also have openings for Conversation Partners in our Work and Travel office in Beirut. Be a cultural ambassador at the same time and meet lots of Lebanese college students coming by the office to interview for the U.S. Work and Travel program. Speak English with them and help screen their English skills.
Imagine our pleasant surprise when we opened USA Today and saw this article on Beirut: "Beirut is reborn as a glitzy playground for tourists." "Beirut's sizzling nightlife, from gritty to glam, helped drive a record tourism year in 2009. Overcoming a reputation as a Middle East trouble spot, Lebanon welcomed nearly 2 million visitors last year, a 39% increase over 2008. It was the No. 1 destination for tourism growth in the world, according to the World Tourism Organization."
During the past several years, Beirut has been overcoming its reputation as a troubled place in the Middle East to become a hot spot for tourists interested in swanky clubs, a sophisticated dining scene and plenty of rich history. "Lebanon is back," Nada Sardouk, Lebanon's tourism director general, told the Middle East news agency AMEInfo.com. "We've had 80% to 90% hotel occupancy this year. But it's more than about just numbers. ... It's about the joie de vivre."
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