Congratulations on serving as an ambassador! This page answers many questions that Student Ambassadors and their parents have about People to People International and its official travel provider, Ambassador Programs, Inc. We encourage you to review the questions and answers below and to explore the additional opportunities that PTPI provides for students.
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.
Q: How did I receive a membership with People to People International?
After returning home, Student Ambassadors receive a one-year membership with PTPI.
We encourage you to renew your membership annually to participate in PTPI's programs for students. These programs allow students to continue their people-to-people experience year-round and to further implement the ideas and vision gained during their travels.
Q: What are the benefits of PTPI membership?
Membership opens the door to PTPI programs, many of which can be done at home or abroad, and can include the entire family.
PTPI programs enable you to meet and form friendships with people around the world, to support humanitarian projects that make a difference in the lives of others and to learn more about the world's diverse countries and cultures.
Members receive special rates for travel programs and conferences, and access to scholarships for students. In addition, members receive monthly email newsletters and yearly mailed publications that feature members' accomplishments and opportunities.
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, tolerance and understanding.
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).
- View blog posts from our recent EXPERIENCE program to South Africa
After graduating from high school, we invite students to become part of PTPI's Young Generation (YG). YG IMPACT programs enable students to spend a weekend in the United States or several weeks abroad creating positive change in communities through hands-on humanitarian projects. Past venues are Cuba (2013), Peru (2012), Kenya (2011), Morocco (2010), Laos (2008) and Thailand (2005).
- View blog posts from our recent YG IMPACT: Kenya program
Q: How can I take my PTPI membership to the next level? I'm ready to make a difference!
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 and can be matched with a Sister Chapter in a different country. Many leaders in PTPI's most active chapters are former Student Ambassadors!
Welcome to the PTPI family!