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America’s Unofficial Ambassadors is a citizen diplomacy initiative, which builds mutual understanding and enhances people-to-people partnerships between the United States and the Muslim World. We do this by placing Americans in volunteer positions in the Muslim World and helping them share their experiences upon their return.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“I have witnessed the innate similarity of people, no matter which corner of the world they come from. Although cultural and religious differences were evident, I felt at home in both my internship placements, and everywhere else I traveled to in Morocco. I feel that I have made lifelong friends and I now consider Morocco home, and a place to come back to.”
Bethlehem Belachew, SSI Morocco ‘15
“I can’t think of anything that would be more important right now than for America’s Unofficial Ambassadors grow and thrive. Because what we need most in this country is to understand the world better. And what the world most needs from America is for America to understand the world better. And Unofficial Ambassadors can be part of the magic of direct people-to-people exchange, dialogue, and friendship.”
Senator Harris Wofford
“I didn't have Muslim friends before I went to Zanzibar. And then I did. I spent six weeks working for at a female empowerment NGO with four brilliant, passionate, extremely hardworking Muslim women. I don't suggest that I learned everything I needed to know about the complicated and diverse religion of Islam in six weeks and by talking to four people.… but I was tired of being stuck in my own head, of feeling fear when I see a man with brown skin and a backpack, of mispronouncing the names of my classmates.
Katrina Marks, SSI Zanzibar ‘15
“Unofficial Ambassadors in Zanzibar have managed to give the message to our students that Americans are good people who have come all the way from the USA with the one noble task of educating our students free of charge. More people thought the Americans are enemies of Muslims, but the fact is the opposite.”
Mr. Abdul Hamid, Principal and Founder of the English Speaking International School in Stonetown, Zanzibar