America's Unofficial Ambassadors

America's Unofficial Ambassadors

Our Purpose
America’s Unofficial Ambassadors is a soft power, citizen diplomacy initiative aimed at countering violent extremism before it can take hold, working at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World and in the United States too.

Our Method
We send Americans to volunteer in areas of human development in communities throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Our unofficial ambassadors support local leaders who have dedicated themselves to addressing basic, universal challenges such as in education, human rights, and public health. Together, we form people-to-people partnerships that yield substantive outcomes in these important areas of human development while dispelling commonly held stereotypes of “the other.”

Our unofficial ambassadors then become ambassadors of the experience and their host community. They publish articles and blog posts about their experiences and deliver presentations on campuses, in faith communities, at schools, and at public libraries throughout the United States to help reduce stereotypes and combat extremist thinking here at home.

Our Premise
Each one of us has the power to make a difference – through our volunteer service and through what we say and do in our communities. Community leaders, diplomats, international development professionals, soldiers, and journalists all have unique and important roles to play in countering violent extremism, but ordinary citizens have an important complementary role to play, too. We don’t send our volunteers to educate children in war zones, nor do we expect them to write for the opinion pages of the New York Times. We do recognize, though, that extremist behavior can take hold in any place, from Allentown to Zanzibar. There is value in addressing development challenges everywhere and to sharing the first-hand lessons of these experiences with everyone.

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Creative Learning, Inc
5225 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Suite 104
Washington, DC 20015

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Area of Focus

Our Goals

• Increase the number of Americans who volunteer in schools and with NGOs in Muslim World countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
• Increase the number of Americans who share their volunteer experiences in the Muslim World within their home communities.

Our Programs

America’s Unofficial Ambassadors is the only initiative that mobilizes volunteers to build better relations between Americans and the people of the Muslim World specifically. We count on Americans of all backgrounds volunteering for a week to a year in support of ongoing projects in schools and non-governmental organizations. For example, unofficial ambassadors volunteer as English teachers, proposal writers, and website designers. They build homes with families, teach photography to children, or help raise awareness for HIV prevention.

Our model is based around the concept of short-term service and long-lasting partnerships. We offer programs for university students and graduates, for schools and educators, and for professionals in other fields. We also offer the premier resource for prospective volunteers to find a program with the AUA Directory of Recommended Organizations. Our AUA Resources page offers a wealth of support to volunteers as they plan their service.