Youth Program

The Cultural Volunteers module of FAWCO's Youth Program is designed to foster cultural awareness and volunteerism among FAWCO youths. FAWCO teens aged 15 - 18 are hosted by FAWCO families for a week, and will experience a new culture while volunteering with local charities, working side-by-side with local teens. As part of the program, the participants will create a video 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 are happy to announce that the 2019 Cultural Volunteers program will be in Athens, Greece, October 16-23, 2019 ‒ hosted by AWO Greece. Budget is approximately 350 Euros for the week, all inclusive. If schools in your city do not have a fall break at that time, students may be excused from school to participate due to the nature of the program (you can request a letter from FAWCO to your school). Applications begin May 1, due September 5, 2019. Email for more details.

Program participants will:

  • Be hosted in club members’ homes.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer in different local charities.
  • Visit various cultural and historical locations.
  • Receive community service credits for school or IB program, if requested.

Costs to participants are travel expenses, spending money, and perhaps some meals. A budget will be provided.

 

At the end of the week, participants will be asked to complete two assignments:

  • an INDIVIDUAL creative writing piece and
  • GROUP project - visual presentation/slide show about their experience.

 

Application will be published May 1 - due by September 5, 2019.

 

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."

Please contact for inquiries on this year’s program, or if your Club is interested in hosting a program in the future.

 

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