Young Ambassadors’ Tour – France 2018 [fr]
The 2018 Young Ambassadors programme will offer New Zealand students of French an opportunity to be part of a delegation travelling to France for three weeks in July 2018.
High school students selected to ensure broad representation of New Zealand will act as "Young Ambassadors" of their country, showing the high schools and French families who will host them over the first week their commitment to the duty to remember.
After visiting Paris, they will stay in northeastern France to visit historical and cultural sites where New Zealand soliders contributed significantly to World War I, including the battlefields of Longueval, Caterpillar Valley, Le Quesnoy and the carrière de Wellington beneath the towwn of Arras. They will maintain a blog with commentaries and photographs on the Shared Histories website, allowing their journey to be followed on a daily basis.
In a new turn for the project, a group of 10 French "Young Ambassadors" from the Amiens and Lille academic districts will make a reciprocval visit to New Zealand in April 2018, taking part in Anzac Day commemorations and taking part in a 10-day remembrance journey. These two exchanges will be opportunities to record these shared moments, as well as significant sites in both countries.
More broadly, the Shared Histories programme, established in 2014 as part of the World War I centenary, has allowed French and New Zealand schools to develop partnerships to create projects and school exchanges linked to World War I.
More than 36 projects have been started or completed in schools, thanks to the support of New Zealand teachers and the New Zealand Ministry of Education. These help to create long-lasting links among young people.
For further information or to apply, please contact :
French Embassy in New Zealand
04 802 77 81 / pascale.seignolles[a]diplomatie.gouv.fr