Observing the U.S. Election: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Election Events: U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala

As submitted by embassy staff

US Elections - Guatemala

U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Arnold Chacon greets Access alumni at Embassy Guatemala’s election night event, November 6, 2012.

As Cultural Affairs Officer, I was in charge of organizing Embassy Guatemala’s election night celebration. Often with events like this one, the message – sharing our electoral process and celebrating our democracy – can get lost while you’re worrying about menus and balloons, so we worked hard to make sure that didn’t happen. Ambassador Chacon engaged with the press throughout the evening, including four live television interviews. A mock election for our Guatemalan guests and a trivia table with quizzes and prizes kept guests entertained, while focusing their attention on the reason for being there. A social media station included live tweeting and computers to sign up for the Embassy’s Facebook page. The best part of the event, though, was our focus on youth. Fifty of our guests were English Access Microscholarship alumni currently participating in a pilot third-year program. These energetic students lent a terrific vibe to the event and played a variety of roles throughout the night: they welcomed guests, ran the mock election and trivia tables, interviewed attendees on camera, and donned Uncle Sam and Statue of Liberty costumes. From journalists to ex-presidential candidates, these students interacted with all sectors of society, eliciting guests’ opinions about the U.S. elections in a professional manner. Everyone, from Embassy staff to high-level invitees, commented on how the Access alumni made the evening. Their enthusiasm was contagious, and one of the highlights of the evening was their chance to interact with Ambassador Chacon (pictured below).In short, including these amazing youth in our event ended up making the event not only much more enjoyable, but also more focused on the theme of the evening, reinforcing the point that youth play a vital role in our democracies and that their participation can only be positive.

Additional photos of election events can be found at http://www.facebook.com/Embajada.EEUU.Guatemala.

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