Boeing awarded NCIV Corporate Citizen of the Year and hosts Brazilian High School Students

During the first few weeks of January, the International Visitor Program hosted 10 Brazilian high school students as part of the Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil (YAP). This prestigious cultural exchange program aims to hone participants’ sense of civic responsibility and foster civic activism.  The students were placed with host families during their time in Seattle and were also given the opportunity to further explore American institutions over several days in Washington, D.C. before and after their time Seattle.  As part of a reciprocal exchange, a group of American students will travel to Brazil and reconnect with the Brazilian participants in August 2012.

While dealing with complications related to the big snow storms of January (the first snow some of the Brazilians had ever experienced), the YAP students were still able to visit premier Seattle sites and businesses such as Microsoft and Boeing.  Next week, in Washington, D.C. Boeing will be named the National Council for International Visitors’ Corporate Citizen of the Year for it’s contributions to citizen diplomacy, hosting numerous international delegation across the country each year who are guests of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

The students were asked, along with their colleagues in other U.S. cities, to keep a collective blog.  You can read several entries from the Seattle contingent by clicking on the following links:

Smenia Soares writes about meeting several Brazilian expats at Microsoft.

YouTube video of Seattle students singing the song Chocholaza.

Gabriel Rodrigues Fagundes poetically writes about the snow and a day at the Interfaith Church.

Diego Amorim also writes about experiencing the snow (his second time ever!) and Seattle activities.