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Pair of South Tama students are European bound: Chosen for People to People Program

March 18, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Students were invited to interview for the opportunity to become a delegate for European Discovery People to People Ambassador Program in November of last year. As part of this process each student was returned to obtain recommendation letters and write a summary as to why they should be selected.

South Tama County students, Emily Jantzen (daughter of Mike and Sandy Jantzen, Tama) and Nicole Johnson (daughter of Charles and Lori Johnson, rural Toledo) were selected to participate in this program.

They will join 19 other Boone-Ames area students, 19 Des Moines area students and four students from New Hampshire. Each month the students meet and are given assignments that they need to complete prior to their next meeting.

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Nicole Johnson and Emily Jantzen

These students will be traveling to Italy, France, Switzerland, and Austria, July 3 - July 21. Community service projects are done locally and will also be done while they are in Europe.

Activities include getting to know other students within their group by team building activities at each meeting, contacting other area delegates and learning things about them.

Each student is expected to fund raise their trip; cost is $6,499. Health forms have to be completed, and passports obtained.

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Each monthly meeting covers itinerates, pre-travel, post-travel activities. Academic assignments are given with on-line quizzes covering topics such as geography, history, government, religion, customs, arts, daily life, food and current events. Each student has to pass with 100%. International and local civic engagements inquiry projects. These students will have the opportunity to stay with a family for 3 nights while they are in Austria, where German is the official language.

This learning experience will give them confidence and leadership and includes activities such as climbing the Eiffel Tower, riding a gondola in Venice, and taking part in a special project to help build a modern-day castle. Cultural understanding activities include cooking with Austrian chefs, viewing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, medieval Lucerne, Renaissance Florence, and ancient Rome.

They will explore a former concentration camp, hear first hand from a World War II Holocaust survivor, take Austrian folk dance lessons, and spend a night on a working farm.

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News-Herald ? It Out:

WHAT:?United Methodist Women Dinner for Emily Jantzen and Nicole Johnson

WHEN:?Saturday, March 22, 5-7 p.m.

WHERE:?Christ United Methodist Church, 301 S. Broadway, Toledo

Benefits Nicole and Emily's People to People Trip

People to People started with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. He proposed a peaceful solution for a war-ravaged world. His vision was to give everyday citizens of different countries opportunities to meet and get to know each other, with the results being understanding, friendship and lasting peace by breaking down cultural barriers with short-term travel opportunities with personal, behind-the-scenes access that he envisioned.

As part of their fund-raising efforts Emily and Nicole are currently selling Kwik Star gift cards, "Our Iowa" Cookbooks, and Martin Brother baking/cooking items.

They will be holding a fund-raising meal, hosted by the Christ United Methodist Women, March 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Worship Center on South Broadway. Salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, desert and beverages will be provide with a free will offering.

If you would like to sponsor their efforts you can contact either Nicole Johnson at 641-484-5402 or Emily Jantzen at 641-485-4347.



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