People to People Ambassador Programs Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity to Build Nine Homes for North Spokane Area Residents

November 19, 2009

SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ — People to People Ambassador Programs, the leader in global educational travel experiences, joins together on a nine home project build for Habitat for Humanity®, Spokane on Friday, November 20th. The build at 1600 E. Boone in North Spokane, will produce a five-plex and two duplexes. . For the building projects, 70 employees have committed their time and manpower so that area families will have homes.

“We are thrilled to partner with Habitat Spokane on this local build project, and help give back to our own community,” said Peg Thomas, president of People to People Ambassador Programs. “Community service is a key component of our Student Ambassador programs, and we welcome the chance to make a difference here at home. Our wonderful employees are here to show that we extend our service commitment to our corporate culture here in Spokane.”

People to People Ambassador Programs announced just last month that the company hopes to surpass the 140,000 community service hours contributed by program participants for the 2009 travel year, and has strengthened the community service curricula within its programs to provide extended opportunities for its student and adult travelers to give back to communities both domestically and abroad.

“People to People Ambassador Group’s employees will help break down barriers by showing kindness and compassion to others as they help build homes,” said Michone Preston, executive director for Habitat for Humanity-Spokane. “Future Habitat families will be positively affected by working with and getting to know these volunteers. They will be equals working to build a better community.”

The company also will work with Habitat for Humanity on a large build program in New Orleans for the new 2010 summer Leadership program called “Remembering Hurricane Katrina,” (www.peopletopeople.com/katrina.) to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the devastation and to help rebuild the city.”

The “Remembering Hurricane Katrina” program will feature talks from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and his brother; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning – both New Orleans natives. Additional speakers include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and award-winning film director Spike Lee, who created the Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.

During the week-long program, students will receive 60 service learning credit hours for giving back to the city of New Orleans via major large-scale projects. One of the projects is a home rebuilding effort with Habitat for Humanity, an international non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide.

About Habitat for Humanity-Spokane

Habitat for Humanity-Spokane is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Since 1987, Habitat-Spokane has built 190 homes, providing affordable homeownership as an option for very low income families.

Habitat homes are built simply and affordably through partnership with community volunteers and donations. All costs to build the homes are transferred to the family. Community support keeps building expenses low, thus reducing the cost to the family.

Habitat is not a give-away program. To qualify, eligible families invest 500 hours of their own labor (sweat equity) in building their homes as well as others. Once completed, the homes are sold to partner families at cost with a 0% mortgage held by Habitat-Spokane.

Habitat for Humanity instills the pride of ownership and fosters the development of positive relationships among neighbors and the community at large. With decent, affordable homeownership, Habitat families create a solid foundation for a brighter future for themselves.

About People to People Ambassador Programs

People to People Ambassador Programs is the most recognized and respected educational travel provider and has provided more than 400,000 citizens of the world the opportunity to promote peace through understanding. The Ambassador Programs include Citizen, Student, Sports and Leadership to promote international and domestic programs for professionals, students, athletes, and the leaders of tomorrow.

Participation in a program contributes directly to personal success in a globalized world and fosters international friendships. Our hands on, unique, educational travel programs provide access to people and places beyond compare, and combine unique cultural experiences with personal interaction to create global impact.

For nearly 50 years, People to People Ambassador Programs has helped participants travel to seven continents while maintaining an extraordinary track record of travel safety. Our safety record is the result of many factors, including a reliance on federal guidelines, the strength and experience of our leaders, our organization’s expertise and experience in program destination countries, a vast global network of resources and team members, and a sincere commitment to the wellbeing of our Ambassadors and their families. For more information, visit www.peopletopeople.com.

The Ambassador Programs serve as the exclusive educational travel provider of People to People International (PTPI), the nonprofit, Kansas City-based organization founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote peace through understanding worldwide. PTPI and Ambassadors Group are united in their mission of bridging cultural and political borders through education and exchange.

About Ambassadors Group

Ambassadors Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPAX) is a socially conscious, education company located in Spokane, Washington. Ambassadors Group is the parent company of People to People Ambassador Programs, World Adventures Unlimited, and Book Rags, an educational research website. The company also oversees the Washington School of World Studies, an accredited travel study and distance learning school. Additional information about Ambassadors Group and its subsidiaries is available at www.ambassadorsgroup.com.

SOURCE Ambassadors Group, Inc.

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