Congratulations on serving as an ambassador! The tuition for your Student Ambassador Program also covers one year of membership with People to People International. This page answers many questions that Student Ambassadors and their parents have about People to People International (PTPI) and its official travel provider, Ambassador Programs, Inc (API).
Q: What is the difference between People to People International and People to People Ambassador Programs?
People to People International (PTPI) has had a contractual relationship with Ambassador Programs, Inc. (API) since the early 1960s to administer People to People travel programs for adults and students. API is a for-profit, publicly traded company located in Spokane, Washington. People to People International is a not-for-profit organization with world headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.
PTPI relies on our members and donors to support our mission so we may continue to promote Peace through Understanding and do humanitarian work at home and abroad.
Q: How did I receive a membership with People to People International?
After returning home, Student Ambassadors
receive a yearlong membership with PTPI. We have memberships for all ages, so we encourage you to get your family and friends involved as well! We have gift memberships available as well for you to share the gift of peace.
Renew your commitment to promoting Peace through Understanding
each year. Your small membership fee keeps the door of opportunity open and connects you to your global family.
Q: What are the benefits of PTPI membership?
Universities and employers are looking for young people with global competency, cultural awareness, and diverse experiences. A PTPI membership shows your commitment to a peaceful global community and support of humanitarian efforts by members all over the world.
Members receive special rates for travel programs and conferences. In addition, members receive monthly email newsletters and yearly mailed publications that feature upcoming opportunities and members' accomplishments.
Student members also have access to:
Q: What student travel programs does PTPI offer?
Global Youth Forum
Delegates ages 13-18 from around the world explore various perspectives and skills, while also experiencing an exciting new group of diverse people and cultures. Dynamic speakers, interactive workshops and rewarding activities highlight this youth conference. Students leave equipped with the tools and inspiration necessary to promote Peace through Understanding
"My favorite part about the GYF is coming together with students from all over the country and world, and learning about their cultures and getting a better understanding of their traditions." - Shaelyn (GYF Delegate, 2013)
This travel program enables delegates ages 16-18 to explore humanitarianism in different regions of the world and to contribute firsthand to humanitarian efforts. Delegates examine the rich history, beauty and diversity that defines each region. Past venues are Peru (2013, 2010), Cuba (2012), Thailand (2012), South Africa (2011, 2005), Peru (2010), Costa Rica (2009), Egypt (2008), Poland and the Czech Republic (2007) and Russia (2006).
"A tight bond was made between the Peruvian and American culture." -- Xavier (EXPERIENCE Delegate, 2013)
After graduating from high school, we invite students to become part of PTPI's Young Generation (YG). IMPACT travel programs are cultural, educational, and humanitarian focused programs for PTPI members between the ages of 18 and 25. YG IMPACT travelers journey to a location in the United States and an international destination creating positive change in communities through hands-on humanitarian projects. Past venues are Cuba (2013), Seattle (2013), Peru (2012), New Orleans (2012), Kenya (2011), Morocco (2010), New Jersey (2010), Kansas City (2009), Laos (2008), and Thailand (2005)
Q: How can I take my PTPI membership to the next level?
The PTPI Student Chapter program is a great way to continue your People to People experience at home. Chapters meet regularly and take part in exciting, inspiring community projects and events. Chapters can apply for a Sister Chapter in another country for even more opportunities to build friendships with people of another culture. Many leaders in PTPI's most active chapters are former Student Ambassadors! See how you can start a PTPI Student Chapter in your community!
Here are some examples of student chapter humanitarian projects:
PTPI's Vaslui, Romania Student Chapter donated toys
and engage with the kids at a school for disadvantaged children.
Don't see an answer to your question? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help!
Welcome to the PTPI family!