Brittany Stadler, a student at South Tama, has been accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program, an educational travel and leadership program founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Stadler will explore France, Italy, and Greece for 20 days this summer as a member of the Indianola delegation. She is the daughter of Doug and Trish Stadler, Chelsea.
By participating in the European Odyssey, Stadler will earn academic credit while getting to know the people, culture and history of the places visited. She will take part in a variety of activities such as view Paris from the Eiffel Tower, explore the inspiring Notre Dame Cathedral, experience the bohemian feel of the artistic Montmartre district, rappel down a castle wall in Italy, help citizens protect endangered sea turtles near Athens, walk through the once affluent city of Pompeii, and much more.
Acceptance into the Student Ambassador Program is an honor. After being recruited, Stadler submitted letters of recommendation and successfully completed an interview process. Before departing she will attend several orientation meetings in Indianola, with program leaders and fellow delegates to learn about the destination and prepare for the journey. Stadler will travel under the leadership of Andrea VanWyk, a teacher-leader from Central College. The delegation also is led by Brenda Greaves, who teaches at Ankeny and Mary Summy, a teacher at Indianola. The group will be met upon arrival by a local delegation manager who coordinates the cultural and recreational excursions and is familiar with local customs.
President Eisenhower founded People to People during his presidency in 1956 with citizen leaders including entertainer Bob Hope, Olympic champion Jesse Owens, amusement entrepreneur Walt Disney and Hallmark Cards founder Joyce Hall. Having served as a military commander, Eisenhower believed that ordinary citizens of different nations could make a difference where governments could not. People to People Student Ambassador Programs is based in Spokane, Washington, and has been coordinating educational travel for over 50 years.