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AMBASSADORS GRP : People to People Ambassador Programs Remembers Hurricane Katrina with Unique Summer Travel Opportunity for Students and Adults

11/03/2009 | 08:00am EDT

SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- People to People Ambassador Programs, the leader in global educational travel experiences, commemorates the upcoming fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a new summer program in 2010 entitled "Leadership Summit: Remembering Hurricane Katrina." Taking place June 28 - July 6, 2010, the new program is part of People to People's premier Leadership Programs that teach students in grades five through twelve important leadership and teamwork skills through workshops, community service projects and discussions with well-respected authorities on service and leadership.

The "Remembering Hurricane Katrina" program will feature talks from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and his brother; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning - both New Orleans natives. Additional speakers include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and award-winning film director Spike Lee, who created the Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Other notable guest speakers will be on hand to discuss Hurricane Katrina with program participants, highlight the lessons learned, provide an update on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and underscore how all of us can give something back to our own communities and make a difference in the lives of others.

"This new travel program provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn firsthand about Hurricane Katrina while taking an active part in helping the city of New Orleans with its rebuilding efforts," said Peg Thomas, president of People to People Ambassador Programs. "From home rebuilding projects with Habitat for Humanity to refurbishing schools in New Orleans, all of our participants will spend several days working on community service projects that are focused on helping the city with its post-disaster recovery efforts."

During the week-long program, students will receive 60 service learning credit hours for giving back to the city of New Orleans via two major large-scale projects. One project is a home rebuilding effort with Habitat for Humanity®, an international non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide. The other is a variety of school rebuilding and repair projects throughout New Orleans with HandsOn New Orleans, an independent local affiliate of the Points of Light Institute that serves the needs of the local community.

Participants will also learn more about Hurricane Katrina through cultural visits around the city and by hearing first-hand accounts of the events as told by important guest speakers, including General Russel Honore, the US Army Lieutenant who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane, Tom Piazza, nationally acclaimed author of Why New Orleans Matters and Jim Reed, world-renowned weather photographer and self proclaimed "storm chaser".

Cultural visits around New Orleans will include a walking tour of the French Quarter, a bus tour of the city with visits to various neighborhood districts and a first-hand view of the levee that breached, which resulted in the devastating floods that took place within the city. Additionally, student participants will experience a swamp tour and a plantation tour.

Students and adults interested in learning more about Leadership Summit: Remembering Hurricane Katrina can visit www.peopletopeople.com/katrina. For additional information about People to People Ambassador Programs visit www.peopletopeople.com or call 877-787-2000.

About People to People Ambassador Programs

People to People Ambassador Programs is the most recognized and respected educational travel provider and has provided more than 400,000 citizens of the world the opportunity to promote peace through understanding. The Ambassador Programs include Citizen, Student, Sports and Leadership to promote international and domestic programs for professionals, students, athletes, and the leaders of tomorrow.

Participation in a program contributes directly to personal success in a globalized world and fosters international friendships. Our hands on, unique, educational travel programs provide access to people and places beyond compare, and combine unique cultural experiences with personal interaction to create global impact.

For nearly 50 years, People to People Ambassador Programs has helped participants travel to seven continents while maintaining an extraordinary track record of travel safety. Our safety record is the result of many factors, including a reliance on federal guidelines, the strength and experience of our leaders, our organization's expertise and experience in program destination countries, a vast global network of resources and team members, and a sincere commitment to the wellbeing of our Ambassadors and their families. For more information, visit www.peopletopeople.com.

The Ambassador Programs serve as the exclusive educational travel provider of People to People International (PTPI), the nonprofit, Kansas City-based organization founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote peace through understanding worldwide. PTPI and Ambassadors Group are united in their mission of bridging cultural and political borders through education and exchange.

About Ambassadors Group

Ambassadors Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPAX) is a socially conscious, education company located in Spokane, Washington. Ambassadors Group is the parent company of People to People Ambassador Programs, World Adventures Unlimited, and Book Rags, an educational research website. The company also oversees the Washington School of World Studies, an accredited travel study and distance learning school. Additional information about Ambassadors Group and its subsidiaries is available at www.ambassadorsgroup.com.

SOURCE People to People Ambassador Programs

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