Be Like Oprah – Help In Africa

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8962822_bdb96086d5_m.jpgUntil March 1, 2008, the HERO Youth Ambassador Search program, is accepting applications for 20 young adults to participate in its 2008 program.

The youth Ambassadors will travel to Southern Africa this summer for a total of four weeks. During this time in Africa, the HERO Ambassadors will be working with those affected with HIV/AIDS.

To understand how and why this program was initiated, I will provide a quote from the “rules”:

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) is looking for 20 high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen (Canada: Grades 11, 12 and 1st year university) to participate in its HERO Youth Ambassador Program for the summer of 2008 (the “Ambassadorship”). Youth Ambassadors will travel to Southern Africa for a total of four weeks as representatives of American and Canadian youth interested in helping those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Youth Ambassadors will visit a number of communities and work at schools funded by UNA-USA’s HERO campaign. Youth Ambassadors will interact with African school children and administrators, lead or participate in extracurricular or enrichment activities involving students, and repair, renovate or paint buildings and classrooms. Activities of the Youth Ambassadors will be photographed, videotaped, chronicled and made available publicly to further public awareness of the Youth Ambassador Program, UNA-USA, and the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa or for other purposes. Youth Ambassadors will be required to engage in fund raising to defray basic program costs.


In the United States, go to one of the following websites:

In Canada, the link is:


1) Download, print, and read the search rules (2 pages)

2) Download, print, read and sign the application (3 pages) (parental/legal guardian permission for those under the age of 18)

The application includes a total of 8 essay questions that require detailed answers.

3) Two typed letter of reference (see application for further information)

4) Download, print, read and fill out the “Application Procedures and Program Terms (2 pages)

*5) $5000.00 which will be used for airfare, meals, and other travel expenses

* Part of the “Program Terms” is to raise money for the trip. To quote the program terms, one of the requirements is:

I will create and execute fund raising programs in my school and/or community, designed to defray the costs of my participation in the Youth Ambassador Program and further public awareness of the Youth Ambassador Program, UNA-USA, and the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and will raise a minimum of $5,000 USD to be submitted to UNA-USA no
later than June 15, 2008;

7) Other items needed will include proof of identity, passport, medical insurance, travel insurance, proof of immunizations, letter of medical examination (proof of fitness), plus several other conditions. (See the Application Procedures & Program Terms for details).

Application Submissions may not be made by any other method, and any Application Submissions received by any other method, including via the Internet, by hand delivery or overnight delivery service, will not be considered

If you have read this far, meet the qualifications, and are still interested in traveling to Africa, time is of the essence. All entries must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2008.

For a chance of a lifetime, click on one of the above links and begin your journey.

Good Luck!

If you are chosen, drop me a comment so I can cheer you on.

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8 Responses to Be Like Oprah – Help In Africa

  1. CatherineL says:

    Hi Barbara – This is a great opportunity for any young person who wants to have the experience of a lifetime and help others.

    Also, raising the money wouldn’t be too difficult because many people – especially local businesses would be more likely to sponsor something like this, as they can see that their money is actually being used for something worthwhile.

    It’s a great idea. Oprah gives so much back – she’s brilliant.

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  2. Barbara says:

    Hi Catherine,

    Yes, this is a wonderful opportunity. I sure hope young ones take advantage of this and get their applications in on time.

    The fund raiser would be a cinch. Most anyone would donate to this, a worthy cause.

    Barbara’s last blog post..Be Like Oprah – Help In Africa

  3. Sarah says:

    I was a 2007 HERO Youth Ambassador and spent last summer in South Africa. I can say, without a doubt, that it was the best thing I have ever done. I find out at the end of this week if I get to go back as a junior counselor with a new group of people for this year’s trip.

    It was more difficult to raise the money than I thought, mainly because I think people assume that others will donate to the cause, and therefore they themselves don’t have to.

    Hopefully this year’s youth ambassadors won’t have that problem, and hopefully I’ll be right there with them while they experience this wonderful opportunity.

  4. Barbara says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. It’s young people like you who can make a difference.

    I wish all of the HERO Youth Ambassadors much success for a chance of a lifetime. It’s nice to know they might have you as a junior counselor at their side.

    Best wishes. If you happen to be reading this, I would love to know if you get to make the return trip.

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  5. Nina says:

    Im selected and I cant wait to find out more details. This is one of my dream comes true!

  6. Barbara says:

    Hi Nina,

    Congratulations on being selected. If you remember, come back and share some of your experiences with me and my readers.

    Have a great time!

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  7. Tim says:

    I was also accepted as a 2008 HERO Youth Ambassador.

    The next big thing is just to raise the money so that I’m sure that I make the trip! [I'm anxious.]

  8. Barbara says:

    Hi Timothy,

    How exciting to be chosen. Congratulations!

    I noticed that you have linked your MySpace page to your name (in the comment). Will you be updating your readers while in Africa? Using the link will be a great way for others to communicate with each other prior to embarking on this exciting journey.

    If anyone selected, who’s reading this, would like to do a guest post (on this blog) when they come back, please feel free to use my contact form (in the header), to notify me. I would be thrilled to share your story(s) with my readers. Pictures would be welcome too.

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