America's Unofficial Ambassadors

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.

AUA Visits Arizona State University

Join AUA at Arizona State University February 4 & 5, 2015

When: Wednesday, February 4th at 6pm

Where: Cottonwood 101/103, Tempe Campus

The Barrett school is pleased to host Ben Orbach, the founding director of America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, for a presentation and discussion on Careers in International Development. Orbach will offer advice and insight to job-seekers on how break into this field and develop the skills to succeed in this career.

Ben is the Director of the America’s Unofficial Ambassadors project at Creative Learning and the author of Live from Jordan: Letters Home from My Journey through the Middle East (Amacom Books 2007). Prior to joining Creative Learning, Ben was Creative Associates International’s Resident Country Director for the West Bank and Gaza, where he developed and managed a small grant program of 100 projects that developed community leadership in West Bank cities, villages, and refugee camps. From 2004-2007, Ben was the US Department of State’s Deputy Regional Coordinator at the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), where he designed and managed democratic reform programs in the Middle East and North Africa. Ben has a Masters degree in Middle East Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and a BA in History from the University of Michigan.

When: Wednesday, February 5th at 6pm

Where: La Paz 242 in the Memorial Union

The America’s Unofficial Ambassadors Summer Service Internship program offers a unique opportunity to support schools and non-governmental organizations that are addressing vital human development challenges at the grassroots level in Indonesia, Morocco, Tajikistan or Zanzibar. Unofficial ambassadors form the type of people-to-people partnerships that are the future of international relations, and specifically America’s relationship with the Muslim World. In addition to interning full-time for six weeks, our unofficial ambassadors study the local language and learn about the culture and history of their host country. Internship options include:

  • Teaching English, French, Science or basic computer skills in public and private schools as well as in NGOs
  • Designing websites and supporting NGOs with outreach efforts
  • Producing video documentaries on human rights, education and environmental initiatives
  • Leading activities at summer camps for young people

For more information about this program please visit


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