Awty's Student Ambassador Program
As the new school year unfolds, many new students experience confusion and nervousness in the buzzing hallways. Luckily, the Student Ambassador program at The Awty International School strives to help these new students adapt and feel comfortable. Even though the program is labeled as a club, its professionalism and scope prove to be beyond what it seems. Founded in 2015, the program initiated with only 40 members. After a year, the club grew to 80 members. In its fifth year, with 160 members, two executive teams along with a vice president and president, the Student Ambassador program is essentially another fully functional department of the school.
The executive teams consist of experienced members of the club who have gone above and beyond to commit the extra effort and time towards the cause. They work tirelessly to train new ambassadors and ensure all the tours and events go smoothly. The Training/Marketing team handles the recruitment and training of the new ambassadors while the Operations/Scheduling team manages the logistics and communication within the program.
As a former new student myself, I was able to receive useful information from student ambassadors during the school tour which helped me make my decision to choose Awty. Now, as a member of the training team and a returning ambassador, I am happy to be part of this program to help families make their decisions about whether or not they believe Awty is a good fit. Students are the most knowledgeable and experienced in school life and activities, thus they are the best guides for providing genuine firsthand information. I shared my experience about founding my club called Power of Music, as well as the tryout process for lacrosse. I also shared my favorite school traditions including the International Festival and the Chinese New Year assembly. I shared my experience of traveling to Prague as part of Awty Connects Week. I shared my opinions on how Awty compares to the past three international schools I have attended. By sharing my experiences and honest answers, I could tell that these tours were benefiting the families and allowing them to gain a deeper understanding.
Mrs. Delphine Trogneux, Assistant Director of Admissions, is the sponsor for this program. She says the most rewarding part of this program has been hearing from the visitors and families who praise the students for being so poised, self-confident and articulate. She also loves seeing the ideas and engagement that come from the team. She believes the students are the school’s best marketing asset. The rapid growth of the program in terms of membership provides both challenges and benefits as it can be hard to manage all the members effectively, but it also keeps the teams busy and engaged. Mrs. Trogneux’s objectives as sponsor of the club are to continue to provide leadership training and ensure everything the program creates is continuously improved and reusable. Her goal is to prepare students to become leaders and student ambassadors at their respective colleges.
As a prospective family, it is important to get as much information about the school as possible through all channels. The Student Ambassador Club is one of the important channels. As a new student on the campus, it is beneficial to have a student organization that helps you get your bearings. As a member of the Student Ambassador Club, it is an extremely rewarding experience to give back to the school by helping prospective families and new students.
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