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You can be part of an exciting global event! Taking place October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, the World Expo will welcome 192 participating countries and approximately 25 million visitors from across the globe. 

The first World Fair was held in London in 1851 and over the decades they have introduced new innovations such as the x-ray machine, the ice cream cone and the mobile phone to the public, as well as creating architectural wonders, many which remain today as national icons, such as the St. Louis Gateway Arch, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Seattle Space Needle, and the Biosphere in Montreal. Taking place every five years in cities around the world, they are now known as World Expos and remain huge global attractions. Since the late 1990’s when the U.S. Congress passed legislation prohibiting federal funding for World Expos and the U.S. withdrew from the Bureau of International Expositions (the organization that has officially sanctioned World Expos since 1928) the U.S. interest for World Expos has waned.


But thanks to a gift from the United Arab Emirates the U.S. will be participating as one of the 192 countries hosting pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai, and you have a chance to get involved! As part of the Global Ties U.S. network, IVCLA is honored to be participating in the preparations for the USA Pavilion - Faces of America. IVCLA will assist in recruiting a diverse group of Angelenos to serve as Youth Ambassadors and Cultural Performers who will perform and interact with visitors at the Pavilion. 

Sharing ideas and building understanding between nations and peoples is an important component of World Expos. The theme for the Expo in Dubai is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. The Youth Ambassadors and Cultural Performers will play a major role in providing the human connections to build a better understanding about the United States. A total of 75 Youth Ambassadors and 390 Cultural Performers, who may be individuals or groups, will be selected from across the U.S.


Youth Ambassador

IVCLA and Global Ties U.S. are seeking 75 Youth Ambassadors to serve as guides and cultural ambassadors for the USA Pavilion at the Expo in Dubai! Youth Ambassadors will be the human connection to the U.S. and its territories, reflecting its geographic and cultural diversity. Youth Ambassadors must be energetic, friendly, and people-oriented, as they will serve as the "Faces of America" to millions of Expo visitors.


To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen between 18-29 (no younger than 18 and no older than 29 as of August 1, 2021). Youth Ambassadors’ expenses (travel, lodging, per diem) are covered. Language abilities (i.e. Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Hindi, Russian, Urdu, Bengali, French, or Spanish) are an asset, but not required in order to apply.


Applications will remain open until Feb 26, 2021. However, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Ready to apply? The application portal is open! 

Cultural Performer

Share your talent as a cultural performers for the USA Pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai! IVCLA will be nominating cultural performers to showcase American cultural diversity and innovation across disciplines including but not limited to music, dance, theater, literature, film, fashion, visual arts, cuisine, and sport, as well as subject-matter experts/speaking engagements on innovation, technology, space and other creative/innovative platforms of expression or entertainment!


Applications are open now through March 15, 2021. Please note that performers will be selected on a rolling basis. Performers’ expenses (travel, lodging, meals) are covered.


If you or someone you know would be interested in this opportunity, please contact Janet Elliott at jelliott@ivcla.org first for more details.


For any other questions about being a Youth Ambassador or Cultural Performer, please email Janet Elliott at jelliott@ivcla.org

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