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Cultivating Global Citizens


In its vision to build a lasting bridge between the United States and India, AIF has proudly launched the Youth Ambassador Program (AYAP), a service-learning experience in India for U.S. high school students.

Now in its third year, AYAP seeks to foster an awareness of social development in India for participants through visits with local communities, Indian peers and schools, leading NGOs, and the private sector. Students engage with an AIF-designed service-learning curriculum and gain firsthand experience of issues of poverty and other challenges facing vulnerable communities.

Participants engage with Indian peers throughout the program to build relationships and work together to develop solutions to local problems. Students learn how to make sense of development challenges and to help advance social justice.

AYAP has partnered with the Frugal Innovation Lab in the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University to integrate curriculum and hands-on activities that cultivate empathy alongside fundamental technology skills.

AYAP participants return to the U.S. as global citizens, inspired to advance social change in India and beyond. AYAP creates a long-term leadership opportunity for continued collaboration with AIF, its programs and communities it serves across the country.


• Facilitate an understanding of social, economic and environmental challenges facing vulnerable communities in India
• Foster two-way cultural awareness among students from the U.S. and India
• Expose students to the NGO and private sector roles in advancing social justice
• Explore frugal innovation in education, livelihoods and environmental issues
• Spark continued collaboration with AIF
• Cultivate Youth Ambassadors individual social responsibility to the local and global community at large

 Learn more about AYAP from the 2015 Youth Ambassadors

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Read the 2015 YAP Blog To Learn More!


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How many chaperones will be with my child while traveling?

Do you need to get a visa for India?

Will AIF coordinate getting visa?

What shots do we need?

Communication while on the trip?

How many chaperones will be with my child while traveling?

There will be 4 adult chaperones with the group at all times plus a professional tour director. Your child will never be left alone.

Do you need to get a visa for India?

A valid passport and visa are required to enter India. Americans arriving without valid passports and the appropriate visa may not be permitted to enter the country.

Will AIF coordinate getting visa?

No, unfortunately AIF can not process the visa application however here are some required items prior to applying to the visa and in the Forms and Resources tab you will be able to find a Visa Tips document which will help you complete the application process.

Items required to secure your visa to India.

    Submit your current, valid, signed Passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least 2 blank visa pages. If you do not have the proper blank visa pages in your passport, you must first amend your passport to have pages added. If your passport expires within six months, you must renew your passport and then secure your visa with the new passport.
    Submit 1 visa application FULLY COMPLETED and SIGNED using the link below. Check your visa application for accuracy before mailing it with all of the supportive documents. If the visa application is incomplete or incorrectly filled out, you will be required to complete, originally sign, and provide a brand new visa application (the embassy will not accept a visa application with any handwritten corrections or correction tape). All fields that apply to you must be completed even if there is no asterisk indicating they are required!

India Visa Application

What shots do we need?

Immunization Requirements: Please see the Center for Disease Control for the current immunization requirements for travel to India. Let your physician know you will be traveling to Bangalore and they can recommend the vaccinations needed.

Communication while on the trip?

In case of emergency you can call Usha Nesamoney at or Purvi