February - April 2020
Proposed applicants will be reviewed by Panels from the Friends of Saint Patrick Chapters and reviewed by the Saint Patrick Centre
Applicants will be notified of interview requirements
Successful Applicants will be notified and specific travel arrangements made
The program will last from 29th May with a return date of 12th June. Accommodation will be provided in the heart of Saint Patrick’s Country in County Down. During this time the Young Ambassadors will work through their respective projects with bespoke mentoring made available. They will experience the culture of both traditions, be briefed by political parties, visit cultural sites and experience the cross community and reconciliation work being done by the Saint Patrick Centre and other organizations. Ambassadors will document their time by blogging.
Completetion of individual projects and assignments
Involvement in Irish festivals, FOSP events
Winter 2020/ Spring 2021
On-going Involvement with local Friends Chapter
Ambassadors must remain in the state they are representing during their year
Accommodation and Travel within the Program will be covered by the organizers but food and drink costs will be the responsibility of the successful applicants.
Applicants will receive complimentary (roundtrip) air transportation to Dublin, Ireland where they will be met and transported (roundtrip) to County Down by authorized personnel from the Saint Patrick Centre, County Down.
Accommodation will be provided in a Tourist Board approved rented house or cottage and may involve sharing a room. Provisions will be provided to start the experience for breakfasts etc but anticipate to contribute to a group kitty and spend as much on food as you would in student accommodation. Sterling is at a 30 year low against the Dollar which will help. Much of the transportation will be by minibus by authorised personnel from the Saint Patrick Centre although there may be occasions which require you to take short trips on a bus or train, so budget a small amount for that also.
Young Ambassadors will develop a meaningful and on-going relationship with Chapters of the Friends of Saint Patrick, the Saint Patrick Centre and organizations linked to the Program. They will continue to represent them when appropriate throughout the rest of their lives. This will include being pro-active about reaching out to the community, working with Friends Chapters, giving lectures and giving talks on their experiences.