Israel’s Young Ambassadors

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
9 February 1999

For the past 29 years, the Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with the Education Ministry, has been dispatching dozens of students to various countries through the "Young Ambassadors" program.

After a selection process of tests and personal interviews, the students undergo a training course in the following subjects: history, Zionism, public speaking and current events.

This year’s delegation of 74 youths will visit over 40 countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Turkey. The participants will appear before a variety of audiences: youth groups, schools, synagogues and the local media, and will meet with national and local government officials.

Journalists wishing to meet with or interview the Young Ambassadors before their departure on 21 February 1999, should contact Ms. Nava Mashiah of the Press Division, 02-5304-352/343.