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Midstate Student Ambassadors Travel Down Under

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dozens of Middle Tennessee students returned from a three-week student ambassador program in Australia.

Thirty-nine students participated in a People to People program President Dwight Eisenhower established for young leaders to promote understanding of different cultures and societies.

"It's an experience where they get to travel anywhere in the world and see what other cultures are like," said Sandra Kandross, a People to People leader.

Kandross said Eisenhower started the program "because he felt like students would make a difference more than adults. They get along well, students from different countries."

People to People International is a private, not-for-profit organization based in Kansas City, Mo. Programs are available for everyone from elementary school to senior citizens.

Teachers nominated most the students. Prior to their departure, students studied the country. It cost $6,000 for the 23-day trip.

Several students enjoyed learning about the history and culture of the Aborigines and observing animals including koala bears and kangaroos.

"It is a life-changing experience for most kids who go," Kandross said. "Sometimes it takes getting away from mom and daddy a little while to make them see and appreciate home a little bit more."

Students filled scrapbooks with hundreds of photographs they took during their journey.

"I had never been out of the country and had never seen the ocean before so to be at the beach in Australia was amazing," said one student.

Delegates learned a lot about different cultures as well more about themselves.

"I figured it would be amazing and it was," said one student.

People to People offers trips to Asia, Africa and Europe as well as different parts of the United States and Canada.

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