For the next few months I will be raising money to go to Europe with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. The People to People Organization chooses a few students per state to represent the United States while traveling to other countries. I will be touring Germany, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. I'll be experiencing new cultures, history, and languages. Of course I will have to work hard to achieve this goal, but I can not do it alone. I need your help on changing this dream to reality.
The money raised is going towards:
* Academic Credits
What I will be experiencing during the 20 days in Europe:
DAY 1: Overnight Flight
DAY 2: LONDON, GREAT BRITAINAfter meeting your delegation manager, begin your journey at one of London's most memorable and iconic sights"”the Hampton Court Palace. Take some time to explore this beautiful and historic home of King Henry VIII.
DAY 3: LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN
- A British guide will join you for a full day exploring London's most important and historic sites.
Visit Buckingham Palace"” residence and office of Britain's monarchs since 1837"”to see the colorful, musical Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Discover the infamous Tower of London and learn about the creepy torture devices used on prisoners more than 400 years ago. Keep an eye out for the mysterious ravens that haunt the tower, and meet the iconic Beefeaters who protect this important historical landmark.
End your busy day on a high note when you attend a glitzy West End theater show"”London's Broadway equivalent. Past shows viewed by delegates include Wicked, Lord of the Rings, and Mamma Mia!.
- Soak up panoramic views of London from 443 feet above when you ride one of the world's tallest Ferris wheels"”the London Eye.
Discuss modern-day politics during special access to a representative of Parliament to understand the respective roles of the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Monarch, and the European Union.
Experience the elegance of Covent Garden in Central London.
Board your overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen, France.
- Honor the fallen at the Normandy American Cemetery, the last resting place of 9,386 young soldiers who were killed in 1944 during the Battle of Normandy"”an important battle leading to the liberation of France.
Meet and talk with a surviving witness to World War II"”a rare opportunity to gain insights into the past.
Receive a warm Ambassadorial welcome from the mayor of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
- Enjoy a guided exploration of one of the most impressive art collections in the world at the famous MusÃ©e du Louvre. See the most famous parts of the museum and come face to face with Leonardo's masterpiece, Mona Lisa.
Discover Chateau de Versailles"”one of the most luxurious palaces in the world.
Explore the Hall of Mirrors and stand in the very same place where the treaty ending World War I was signed.
- Divide into small groups to discover the historic Montmartre area, once known as a haven for artists such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Marvel at the white Basilique du Sacre Coeur, which is the second highest point in Paris.
Journey to the top of one of the world's most famous attractions, the Eiffel Tower, and admire dazzling views of Paris nearly 900 feet above the city streets.
- Honor fallen World War I soldiers at the Flanders Field Memorial and explore the In Flanders Fields Museum"”dedicated to peace"” to better understand the devastation of war.
Pay your respects at the Menin Gate Memorial, inscribed with names of 55,000 missing British soldiers who fought in World War I.
Explore the charming and traditional city of Bruges by horse and carriage. Watch Belgian chocolatiers create their world-famous treats"”and sample some, of course! Later, visit a traditional Belgian waffle-maker to see how authentic Belgian waffles are made"”and enjoy some Italian gelato, as well!
- Walk by the stately mansions and regal embassies of The Hague to the beautiful and lavish Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice"”the main court of the United Nations
Travel like the Dutch"”by bicycle"”to explore Kinderdijk, a famous 17th-century Dutch heritage windmill park.
- Go backstage to learn about a Dutch specialty"”clog-making. See a live demonstration of this regional craft.
Understand more about the tragedy of the Holocaust through learning about Anne Frank and her family, who hid from the Nazis during WWII. See her hiding place and walk the same streets this young girl longed to go outside and experience during her confinement.
Later, discover the canals and bridges of Amsterdam"”a city once underwater"”during a guided canal cruise
- Enjoy the wonderful city of Cologne with guidance from your delegation manager. See the famous stained glass windows and spires of the legendary Cologne Cathedral, which took builders more than six centuries to build.
- Explore the charming streets of Koblenz, then take a cruise on the Rhine River to see mysterious castles and learn folklore about the Lorelei"”a huge rock rising more than 393 feet above the riverbank.
With expert guidance, explore the great Castle of Heidelberg, a castle that has been partially destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its 900-year-old history.
- Enjoy some well-deserved free time together with fellow delegates at the local swimming pool!
Join with friends for a fun City Quest adventure to uncover important landmarks in Heidelberg. Find the university, Old Bridge, and historic center of this enchanting town.
Prepare to meet with your German host family for your home stay.
- Today will be spent experiencing local life and culture with a German family who will graciously open their home and share their way of life as you dine on traditional foods, meet their friends, and learn about their unique way of life.
- Spend another day immersed in German culture with your home-stay family. Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their hospitality"”and don't forget to leave them a thank-you note (and a great impression of Americans!).
- After a sad goodbye to your home-stay family, rejoin your delegation to take part in an environmental service project along the banks of a river in the Black Forest. You might plant trees or clear a riverbank during your environmental service project.
Later, learn how the famous German cuckoo clocks are made.
- Receive a warm welcome into a rural Austrian village in the Montafon Valley.
Surrounded by the snow-capped Alps, discover the art of cheese-making. Explore the unique flavors of different cheeses when you go behind-the-scenes at this brand new facility.
Take a guided hike"”amidst the Swiss Alps"”to learn more about this beautiful land.
- Ride high into the Alps to enjoy some of the world's most amazing landscapes, including glacial Silvretta Lake. Challenge yourself and cheer on your fellow Ambassadors during a mountain ropes-course adventure. Then wind your way back down on an awesome open-air roller coaster!
- Receive an Ambassadorial welcome from a Swiss official in Zurich before exploring this popular city"”home to more than 1,300 fountains!
Take part in a history-scavenger hunt competition to learn more about the history of the unique sights in Zurich.