The Voyage of Discovery

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 10 days of programs.

2013 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 trip itineraries will include 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 10 – June 24, 2014.
Trip Destination: Campania
Questions? View our FAQ (pdf format)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Participants must be between the ages of 18-23 at the time of travel (Summer 2014)
  • Students must be enrolled in a college/university for the semester preceding the trip (Spring 2014)
  • Students must be of Italian heritage

Application Opens: November 1, 2013
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2014
Date of Notification for all applicants: Monday, March 3, 2014
Participant Acceptance Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014