River Cities Gazette

Local Miami Springs teen chosen as a student ambassador

WORLD TRAVELER: Joshua Ceballos will be traveling the world as a student ambassador for the People to People Organization. Ceballos will visit six European countries during his travels.
WORLD TRAVELER: Joshua Ceballos will be traveling the world as a student ambassador for the People to People Organization. Ceballos will visit six European countries during his travels.
Gazette Photo/ANGIE AGUILA

River Cities Gazette

The world awaits Miami Springs denizen Joshua Ceballos. The 16-year-old has the opportunity to travel the globe once again as a student ambassador for the People to People Organization, which began over 50 years ago.  

Ceballos is not new to travel. You may remember reading about him a few years ago. During the summer of 2011, at just 13 years old, Ceballos was selected to travel to Australia as a student ambassador. 

In 1956, President Eisenhower proposed a vision to give everyday citizens of different countries the opportunity to meet and get to know each other, and the result would be understanding, friendship and lasting peace. Out of his vision came the People to People Student Ambassador Program. 

Today People to People student ambassadors are more important than ever as people learn to co-exist and thrive in a global society. Their mission is to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange, creating global citizens and making the world a better place for future generations. The goal is to provide students the international experiences to increase their global awareness in a truly global society.

“When I was invited to be a student ambassador several years back, I was honored to represent my community in another part of the world,” said Ceballos. “The experience of traveling to Australia helped me to mature and grow into the person I am today. Now, once again, I have been given the privilege to partake on an adventure like no other, and once again I thank my community for supporting me.

“I was born and raised in our gorgeous little town, and I try my best to tell everyone I know who doesn’t live here just how magical the Springs really is. Back in the summer of 2011, I had the pleasure of traveling to Australia for 20 days. With the support of the kind people of my town, I was able to knock out the somewhat lofty tuition and open my eyes to the beautiful world outside my oyster.

“Now, several years later, I have been invited to participate again in this Student Ambassador program and travel to England, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria and show the people of Europe the love that comes from Miami Springs. So I call, once again, upon the citizens of Miami Springs to support me in this endeavor with donations and work possibilities to raise money. If I can make it to Europe, I’ll be able to brighten my own horizons, and the horizons of the great City of Miami Springs.”

“As a teacher you are blessed with the many students that enter your classroom, but once in a while you have a student that stands out among the rest. Joshua was one of these”students," said Gloria Delgaudio, longtime teacher at Miami Springs Middle School. Delgaudio taught Joshua during his sixth- and eighth-grade years. “Academically, Joshua was great and nurtured the information that was given and excelled. This alone set him apart but once you get to know him, you realize that what really sets him apart is his character. His honesty, selflessness, and genuine desire to help those around him make him unlike most teenagers his age. He is truly a good kid who is on his way to do great things.”

“Josh Ceballos is one of those people that’s a joy and a blessing to know,” said Pastor Gordon Pike of Poinciana United Methodist Church. “He always has a smile and a readiness to help and serve. It’s been my pleasure, as his pastor, to watch him grow and get to know him. He has a heart of gold. I can’t say enough about him.”

“He is a born leader,” said Louise Jagessar, director of Youth Ministries at Poinciana UMC. “Josh will take on any task and make it his own. He’ll run with it, and he will make sure to complete it well.”

As youth leader, Jagessar has witnessed first-hand Ceballos’ leadership and the many hours of volunteer work done here in the local community as well as youth mission trips abroad.

Many local supporters, along with a few big names like Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and Senator Rene Garcia, helped to pave the way for his first trip. Through hard work, dedication and some very important fundraising, before you know it, Joshua Ceballos once again will be on his way and around the globe. 

If you’d like to make a donation, you can mail it to Joshua Ceballos at 300 N. Royal Poinciana Blvd. Miami Springs, FL 33166. If you have any questions feel free to contact him at (786) 399-4823 or joshuatree8@hotmail.com. 

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