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


  • Round-trip airfare between US and Italy
  • Nine (9) nights hotel accommodations and/or host family home stays (Hotel accommodations are 2/3/4 same-gender participants to a room)
  • Nine (9) continental breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • 2 full-day and 3 half-day escorted tours (subject to some variation)
  • 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.

Students Wait-Listed: Students will be notified of their status on the waitlist. They will be notified if space becomes available. When selected they must provide us with a valid credit card as deposit.

View sample itineraries from previous years:

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