The Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation in Washington, D.C. is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization committed to the promotion and implementation of programs that facilitate cultural exchange and educational cooperation throughout the world. We are writing to introduce our Ameson Year in China (AYC) program, a unique opportunity for current and former education students. Through Ameson Year in China (AYC), recent college graduates expand their horizons and enhance their careers by spending a year teaching, learning, and making a difference in public schools across China.
Since 2013, we have had nearly 400 Educational Ambassadors participate in AYC, and they in turn have taught over 50,000 Chinese students, serving as citizen diplomats, and gaining valuable professional knowledge before returning to the U.S. In some instances, AYC alumni go on to continue to work in China as teachers or in other professions, and others parlay their experiences into graduate studies.
Top leaders of both China and the U.S. understand the need for American and Chinese youths to gain cross-cultural understanding as their nations’ economic fortunes become further intertwined. Currently, over 300,000 Chinese students are studying in the U.S., more than from any other country, compared with just about 14,000 American students studying in China. AYC program helps to send more American youths to China.
Many U.S. Congressmen have already expressed their support and recognition of the AYC program, as shown in The VOICE, a special edition of the Ameson newsletter (http://ameson.org/download/The-Voice-Winter-web.pdf). It shares the stories of past AYC program participants, their triumphs and challenges as they learn about China firsthand.