The Voyage of Discovery


Follow the 2015 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery students (June 9-23) as they explore the NIAF’s Region of Honor, Lombardia on NIAF’s Tumblr page:


The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program is sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation. This all-expenses paid trip for Italian American students covers round-trip airfare between Italy and America and two weeks of programs.

vod-20142014 Voyage of Discovery Students


To strengthen the Italian American identity by bonding young Italian-Americans to the country, culture, and heritage of Italy; to help them gain an understanding of their heritage and a pride in preserving that heritage for the next generation; and to understand the historical significance of Italy and the current contribution Italy is making to the US and the world.

The trip also offers students the opportunity to perform community service in areas of need during their stay in Italy.

The 2015 trip itinerary will include a visit to Expo Milano 2015, educational lectures, service opportunities, meetings with government officials, business leaders and visits to government offices, international businesses, museums and other cultural attractions.


Trip Date: June 9 – 23, 2015
Trip Destination: Lombardia
Questions? View our FAQ (pdf format)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be members of the National Italian American Foundation.  Not a member?  Sign up here.
  • Participants must be between the ages of 18-23 at the time of travel (Summer 2015)
  • Students must be enrolled in a college/university for the semester preceding the trip (Spring 2015)
  • Students must be of Italian heritage

The Application is Closed
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2015
Date of Notification for all applicants: Monday, March 2, 2015
Participant Acceptance Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015


  • Round-trip airfare between US and Italy
  • Hotel accommodation (hotel accommodations are 2/3 same-gender participants to a room)
  • All meals except where noted on the itinerary
  • Motorcoach transfers
  • Escorts and tour guides


  • Domestic flights to/from international departure city
  • Items of a personal nature and spending money
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Purchase of International Student Identity Cards


Processing fee and deposit policy

Students Selected to Participate: Proof of student status and a $150 non-refundable processing fee and current credit card will be requested of only those students accepted into the program. Any non-refundable costs incurred by NIAF before or during the program will be charged to the student’s credit card. Additionally, any costs incurred due to violation of the “Code of Conduct” resulting in early termination of the student’s participation in the Voyage of Discovery program will be charged to the participant’s credit card.

Before travel, students will be required to purchase an insurance policy from STA Travel for 9-15 days coverage (estimated cost is $70) for the duration of the Voyage of Discovery program. The standard program-international travel policy includes medical expense coverage for a covered sickness or injury occurring while traveling plus coverage for terrorist incidents and financial defaults. For more information, visit or call 1-800-495-5498.

View sample itineraries from previous years:

IMPORTANT:  NIAF will only accept online applications (no exceptions).