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FIUTS SUSI Ambassador Application

**Ambassador applications for 2017 are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied! Please click here to learn about other opportunities to get involved in cross-cultural student leadership through FIUTS!**

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: From January 5 to February 10, 2018 FIUTS is hosting the Study of the U.SInstitutes for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement (SUSI) in Seattle. This exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, brings 20 undergraduate students between the ages of 19 and 25 from 5 countries in Southern Africa to the United States. While here, the students study leadership, civic engagement, and project-planning and participate in volunteer and service activities, leadership workshops, and cultural excursions.

SUSI Ambassadors are University of Washington students who volunteer for the FIUTS SUSI program and receive training and experience in leadership, planning, teamwork, and citizen diplomacy. Ambassadors are an integral part of the SUSI program and act as cultural liaisons, peer mentors, friends and leaders during the international participants’ time in Seattle. As a SUSI Ambassador you can learn new skills, have fun, make friends, build your resume, and support FIUTS’ mission to inspire cross-cultural friendship and understanding on campus and in our community.

Ambassadors will have the opportunity to meet and spend time with all 20 SUSI students, but will be matched with one specific SUSI participant whom they will support throughout the program. Between January 14 and February 9, 2018, Ambassadors should be available for the following:

  • A pre-program training from 5-8pm on December 8th, 2017
  • 3-5 service, leadership, and social activities per week (Most events are in the evening between 5PM and 8PM and total 4-6 hours each week. Some are optional, many are required.)
  • A service project on Martin Luther King Day of Service, Monday, January 15, 2018
  • An overnight retreat (including sledding!) with SUSI participants on Saturday, January 20th
  • Bowling, a visit to the Space Needle, a service project, the Closing Ceremony, and more!


Ambassadors are invited to attend the series of leadership workshops alongside participants throughout the program.

Please note that SUSI Ambassadors are volunteers. All Ambassador meals, transportation and admission fees during program activities are provided by FIUTS.

Please complete the information below, and contact Kailyn Swarthout, Education Programs Coordinator, with questions. Application deadline extended to Friday, December 1.

We will hold a *mandatory* training for all SUSI Ambassadors on Friday, December 8th, 2017 from 5:00-8:00pm.
Are you available to attend this training if you are selected as an Ambassador? (If you are selected but are not able to attend this session, we will contact you to arrange an alternative time for training.)

UW Student Status

I am available to meet with my SUSI match for 4-6 hours per week from January 14th – February 9th.

I am available to attend an overnight retreat on Saturday, January 20th – Sunday, January 21st.

How did you hear about the SUSI Ambassador position?

Have you ever held a student leadership position before?

Do you have any experience with or interest in civic engagement or volunteerism?

Please provide as much information as you can; we'll use this information to match you with a SUSI participant.

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