Over 17,000 high school students from Brazil applied for the opportunity to visit the United States to give back to communities.
Although thousands applied, only 40 were selected. Ten of those selected worked with Volunteer Tulsa and visited the Tulsa Day Center to pass out handmade gifts.
Bob Lieser, vice president of programing for Tulsa Global Alliance, stated that the ten youth ambassadors are here learning about volunteering and social service.
"It's a goodwill program between Brazil and the United States and an example of citizen diplomacy," Lieser said, "The idea that all Americans have the right and responsibility to help shape U.S.-foreign relations themselves, one handshake at a time."
The students made scarves and blankets to give to the homeless as a part of the visit.
Junior Ribeiro, one of the students selected by the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, said that there were many students and it was not easy to get here.
"I think I'm here today because I studied hard to be here and I think my volunteer work is very good doing," Ribeiro said, "It can help many people."
Ribeiro said that he wanted to visit the United States because of the volunteer work and because "the program asks us to stand up for society."
The program is aimed to strengthen foreign relations and teach students the importance of giving back to the community.
"After this trip I have much more knowledge about the world and about volunteerism," Ribeiro said, "I'm just here for the volunteerism work."
The 40 students were split into four groups of ten. Each group visits a different state.
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