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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long has PTPI been in existence?

Q: What types of programs are offered through PTPI?

Q: What is PTPI's relationship with Ambassador Programs, Inc.?

Q: Are there costs involved?

Q: How can I become involved?

Q: Is People to People International a charitable organization?

Q:  How long has PTPI been in existence?
A:  U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established PTPI in 1956. It was removed from the government and placed in the private sector in 1961. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of people have participated in PTPI's chapter activities, conferences and travel programs. Read more about PTPI's beginnings.

Q:  What types of programs are offered through PTPI?
A:  PTPI offers a wide variety of programs for students and adults that advance Peace through Understanding. Local chapters are made up of volunteers in communities worldwide who support PTPI programs and participate in unique activities locally while reaching out at the international level. Today there are PTPI Student and Community Chapters in 38 countries that better communities through service, supporting international relief efforts and much more.

Biennial Worldwide Conferences are held to provide a forum for educational, civic, business leaders and private citizens to discuss ideas and to learn about issues affecting the international community. Annual Global Youth Forums for middle and high school students ages 13-18 to enhance international understanding, education, leadership and humanitarianism through face-to-face interaction.

Q: What is PTPI's relationship with Ambassador Programs, Inc.?
Since the early 1960s, Ambassador Programs, Inc., based in Spokane, Washington USA, has served as the exclusive educational travel provider of People to People International (PTPI), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri USA. PTPI and Ambassador Programs, Inc. are united in their mission to advance international understanding and friendship among the world's people.  For additional information about Ambassador Programs, Inc., please visit

PLEASE READ: July 13, 2015 update about Ambassador Programs

Q:  Are there costs involved?
A:  Annual at-large membership dues range from  $25 to $75 USD depending on membership level. See a description of member types and join now. Chapter dues vary by region.  Fees for travel programs and conferences are determined per program.

Q:  How can I become involved?
A:  The first step is to join PTPI's global network of members.  To receive more information or to ask a question about any of our programs, please call +1.816.531.4701 or email

Q:  Is People to People International a charitable organization?
A:  People to People International is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the U.S. state of Missouri. PTPI is exempt from income tax under the provisions of §501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code because of its charitable and educational purposes.

Contributions to People to People International are tax deductible in accordance with §170 of the Internal Revenue Code. If you are contemplating a charitable contribution to PTPI or have questions about a specific proposed gift, please contact our development office.