Engaging and Supporting Future Leaders at Fundación Tomillo

Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer Spencer Cryder spoke with 21 students participating in Fundación Tomillo’s “Oportunidad al Talento-Go American English!” a three-year program for high-performing students to develop their skills in public speaking, critical thinking, debating, researching, and academic writing.  Spencer gave a presentation about his experiences working across cultures and languages to achieve a common goal.  He highlighted examples from his career working as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State, as an intern with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.  The students demonstrated their impressive understanding and usage of English by engaging Spencer in a discussion about the benefits and challenges of working internationally, the best practices for adapting and integrating into foreign cultures, and effective ways to secure an internship or job working internationally.  The Embassy is a proud supporter of Fundación Tomillo, which supports these students as they become global citizens, achieve their goals, and develop into positive leaders in their communities.