"A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people." Mahatma Gandhi
"These last three weeks have changed my life and who I am. I've been able to experience the amazing culture and people of Samoa. They have such a strong pride in themselves and it was so amazing to be able to be exposed to that firsthand. I have discovered new things and created lifelong friends and family. I feel so blessed that I was able to receive this gift and experience it with the people I did. I miss everyone already and I hope to see them all in the future. This trip and everyone involved will always hold a special place in my heart."
Morgan, WA Youth Participant, 1/3/14
The American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) with Samoa offered 20 youth and 3 adults the opportunity to explore the vast historical and cultural traditions of Samoa. The AYLP with Samoa was designed to advance mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Samoa, prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens, spark an interest in learning about foreign cultures, and develop a cadre of Americans with cultural understanding who are able to compete effectively in the global economy. The program included a pre-trip orientation on the campus of the University of Wyoming, three week cultural trip to Samoa mid December 2014 to early January 2015. A follow-on project was carried out in each participant’s local community following the exchange trip. The educational theme for AYLP with Samoa focused on nutrition and food security issues that are common to the western U.S. and Samoa.
"Unforgettable friends. Unforgettable family. Unforgettable experience."
Alyssa, AZ Youth Participant, 1/4/14