We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
Newly returned AUA Zanzibar Alum Liselot Koenen is in her local newspaper today, the Kane County Chronicle, sharing her story of service. Here’s a piece of the story. Follow the link below to read more. Congratulations, Liselot.
Georgetown University student returns home after six weeks teaching chemistry in Tanzania
By EOIN COTTRELL
Zanzibar, Tanzania, is not necessarily a popular place for young college students to spend their summers. Yet, as Liselot Koenen – a graduate of St. Charles North High School – climbed onto a plane to return to America from Tanzania, she said she was already planning when she could return or make another trip to a developing country.
Koenen spent six weeks of her summer teaching chemistry through America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, an organization that strives to “build mutual understanding between America and the Muslim world,” according to its website.
Stefan Cornibert, program coordinator for America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, said the organization looks for good communicators and people who are serious about foreign service.
Cornibert said the goals of the program are two fold. He said AUA wants its volunteers to have a “substantive impact” with the Muslim communities and be good diplomats by sharing American culture and sharing what they learned while abroad with friends and family after they return.