Travelzoo supports students

AFS Intercultural Programs/USA has
formed a new partnership with the Travelzoo Foundation through a grant
of $100,000 in support of AFS international exchange scholarships for
low-income students in several cities in the United States, Germany and
“The Travelzoo Foundation’s support of AFS’s global leadership and
diversity efforts will make a profound impact in students’ lives,” said
Margaret Crotty, President of AFS-USA. “It’s about using international
educational travel as a vehicle for helping young people grow as leaders
and gain new life skills and intercultural perspectives.”

  “We are thrilled to be in partnership with AFS-USA and to support
students who may not normally have the opportunity to travel,” said CJ
Kettler, President, North America, Travelzoo. “AFS, the Travelzoo
Foundation’s first-ever grantee, is a world leader in international
education and we’re proud to be able to make a positive impact on the lives
of students and their families around the world.”

  Thanks to this new partnership, financially deserving high school
students in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Barcelona and Munich will
experience the world firsthand: as youth ambassadors abroad on educational
exchanges. Through living, studying and volunteering internationally, these
young people will learn foreign language skills, develop international
friendships, and gain intercultural perspectives that will help them
develop their potential as tomorrow’s leaders, workers, thinkers, and
innovators. Diversity and inclusion are a driving force behind AFS
programs, and in the United States the organization operates a national
Faces of America Youth Ambassadors Program in partnership with a consortium
of youth-serving organizations working together to bridge opportunity gaps
in international study abroad.

  A partnership with AFS is a natural extension for Travelzoo with
employees who live and work in the communities where the Foundation seeks
to develop this unique scholarship collaboration. The alliance between the
Travelzoo Foundation and AFS enjoyed celebrations on an international scale
in November 2007 when groups of Travelzoo employees participated in
scholarship launch events in Barcelona (11-23), New York (11-28), Munich
(11-28), and Chicago (11-30). These events offered Travelzoo employees a
chance to personally meet and interact with the nearly two dozen students
who are the inaugural winners of the Travelzoo Foundation AFS Youth
Ambassadors Scholarships for 2008.