“Education is a luxury that not all people have easy access to. By bringing students from Peru to speak with Canadian youth, we are making a significant contribution to the education of both groups.”
– Graham Miles, Mosqoy Intern
Our student ambassadors travel to Canada biennially, allowing further opportunities for Peruvian students to gain valuable knowledge and professional skills.
What is an ambassadorship?
Mosqoy partners with the University of Victoria to send two of the most promising graduates from the Mosqoy Youth Program to Victoria, Canada, to give them the opportunity to learn valuable language and professional skills. While in Canada these students also raise awareness among a new generation of Canadians about Indigenous cultures and traditions, acting as Quechua cultural ambassadors.
Connecting with Canadians
During their stay, students attend English Second Language (ESL) classes at the University of Victoria, while living with Canadian homestay families. They also host presentations to local high schools and university classrooms, and participate in intercultural indigenous youth knowledge exchanges. This gives Canadian youth - including First Nations youth across British Columbia - the opportunity to learn about Quechua culture, international non-profit organizations, and some of the economic and social challenges that are now facing Peruvian youth.
Our 2012 Ambassadors, Ebhert and Elvira
Ebhert and Elvira are two Mosqoy Alumni who, through the Ambassadorship Program, travelled from Peru to Canada in the winter of 2012. Both were involved with Mosqoy since its inception in 2006. Since successfully graduating from their post-secondary studies, they have have shown inspirational dedication and integrity through their volunteer work as student leaders. We were excited to be able to select them as our student ambassadors in 2012.
While in Canada, Ebhert and Elvira attended ESL classes at the University of Victoria (UVic), which gave them a chance to practice their English skills and meet a number of international students from all over the globe. As they became more comfortable with their newly honed English skills, they began hosting a number of cultural exchange events including traditional Peruvian cooking classes, and presentations about Quechua culture and their lives in Peru.