Voice of America (VOA) featured of one of our America’s Unofficial Ambassadors‘ Summer Service interns, Della Bradt, in a videocast. Bradt spent six weeks in Indonesia, where almost 90 percent of the population is Muslim, last summer. Bradt spoke with VOA’s Faiza Elmasry and recounts her experiences as an intern in Indonesia for America’s Unofficial Ambassador (AUA), a initiative that promotes better understanding between the US and the Muslim world. VOA also spoke with AUA Program Coordinator, Stefan Cornibert, to learn more about the Summer Service program.
America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) is a citizen diplomacy initiative dedicated to increasing the number of Americans who volunteer in the Muslim World. From archaeologists to engineers, Unofficial Ambassadors volunteer with grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to meet some of the Muslim World’s most urgent development needs in areas such as education, youth services, and civil society.
As volunteers, Unofficial Ambassadors form people-to-people partnerships through their service that build cooperation between America and the Muslim World. Upon their return, volunteers work to foster cross-cultural understanding at home by sharing their experiences with the public through blogs and community presentations.