Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, opened its doors on June 10, 2017 and will close on September 10. The Expo, known as World’s Fairs in the US, has the theme of “Future Energy” and is focused on green technologies, sustainable development and energy for all. Over 100 countries and international organizations have participated and an estimated two million visitors from around the world are expected.
For the past 3 months, college students from around the United States have served as Student Ambassadors for the USA Pavilion at Expo 2017. In this role, the students serve as culture representatives of the United States and are fluent in English and Russian to better communicate with guests.
Vera Swanson of Rochester, Minnesota, is currently serving as a Student Ambassador to Expo 2017. She had this to say about her experience:
“Being granted the opportunity to represent the United States on a world stage such as the Expo has given me a unique chance to be part of something big that often gets overlooked nowadays.
I have spent the past year studying in Kazakhstan and couldn’t have imagined that this journey would conclude with my participation in the largest international event of 2017. In one day alone, I can walk over to any pavilion I desire and instantly have access to different countries’ cultures and ideas for the future of energy.
This distinctive concentration of minds and hearts from all corners of the world is truly special and something Minnesota will foster and embrace. Born and raised in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I can enthusiastically support my home state’s bid to host the 2023 Expo, showcasing both human and environmental wellness through its theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet.”
I grew up appreciating Minnesota’s natural, simple beauty and have always felt an innate and intimate connection to its lands. The state’s comforting atmosphere encourages positive lifestyles and invites the global community to share and expand its understanding of what it means to have healthy people living on a healthy planet.”