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    The Cultural Volunteers module of FAWCO's Youth Program is designed to foster cultural awareness and volunteerism among FAWCO youths. FAWCO teens (in high school, aged 15 - 19) are hosted by FAWCO families for a week, and will experience a new culture while volunteering with local charities.

    The participants will deliver a Group Project (usually a video or presentation) about their experiences, and write individual essays reflecting on what they learn. Participants will be able to receive community service credits required by their International Baccalaureate program.

    We thank AWC Amsterdam for hosting 2022’s program with 15 Cultural Volunteers from 11 Clubs who traveled from 11 different countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US). You can read about the impact on the participants in their own words and enjoy their self-produced video.

    The FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers 2023 Program took place on April 8-15, 2023 in Zürich, Switzerland. Thank you to the American Women's Club of Zürich for hosting! More information coming soon. 


    Here are just a few excerpts from reflections by our past Youth Cultural Volunteers:  

    "I made new friends in the UAE --- Emirati teens, who helped us learn more about their culture. Believe me, we may dress differently and practice different religions, but teenagers around the world are pretty much the same --- we're all goofy, curious, and hoping our generation can improve life for all of us."

    "In the end, what matters is that you have raised your personal awareness of poverty. And maybe it would have inspired you by then to grab the initiative and take part in a bigger project."

    "It was nice to be able to go outside the tourist destinations and contribute to the lives of others who may not have the same luxuries as we do back in our own countries."

    "[It was] a wonderful group of people. . . These friendships will last a lifetime. . . I am proud of what I feel I have accomplished with the group, and look forward to hearing about FAWCO Youth’s continued development."

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