American Spaces exemplify the U.S. commitment to a core tenet of democracy: the citizen’s right to free access to information. The spaces provide welcoming environments where visitors can connect and learn about the United States.
American Spaces promote open dialogue and build bridges of understanding. The spaces connect Americans and host citizens in engaging discussions on U.S. policy, society and values. Hosted in embassies, schools, libraries, and other partner institutions, American Spaces are platforms for providing information through five core program types:
- English language learning
- Educational advising
- Alumni activities
- Cultural programs
- Information about the United States
Spaces located outside of capital cities are often called American Corners, and serve as venues to meet with local residents who have limited exposure to American culture and ideals. An American Corner is:
- Partnership between Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy and a host institution
- Serve as information outposts similar to a public library reference service with books, DVDs, magazines, computers and online databases
- Provide access to current and reliable information about the U.S.
- Access to the collection is free and open to all interested citizens of the host country
- Reading or meeting rooms are made available to host programs and activities
- Host institution personnel staff the space
Currently, the U.S. Embassy Namibia supports three American Corners in the country.