Thursday, October 19, 2017

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship program in the U.S.

For the 8th year we invite 16-18 year old students to apply for the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship program in the U.S. tentatively from June 23 - August 5.
So far eighteen students from all over Estonia have participated in this wonderful summer program of friendship and leadership development.  

Goals of the program:
·         to develop a commitment to transatlantic cooperation;
·         to foster relationships between American and European youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups;
·         to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Europe/Eurasia;
·         to develop a cadre of youth leaders who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action.

Description of the program:
The four-week Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute enables 16-18 year old secondary school or gymnasium students (born between June 22, 1999 and June 22, 2002)
to participate in intensive activities such as training sessions, workshops, community-based programs, study tours, and cultural events. Participants will work together on a joint project that presents and promotes the stated goals and objectives of the Institute.

Recruitment/Candidate Profile
Applicants should have a strong interest in learning more about diplomacy, the transatlantic relationship, the role of a free press in a democracy, and public or community service.  They should have a strong demonstrated interest in communications, advocacy, debate, or civic participation.  They should have the academic aptitude for a program of this nature and personal qualities needed to be successful participants, including maturity, strong social skills, flexibility, and open-mindedness. These factors are particularly important given the diverse group atmosphere of the Institute.  English fluency is required.
It is important that applicants have exhibited serious interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in their home countries, and demonstrate a genuine desire to learn first-hand about the United States, its people, society, and institutions. It is also very important that nominees understand that, if selected, they will be expected to fully and seriously participate in all program components during the month, as well as in follow-up activities afterward in their home countries.  In addition, participants should be ready to inform and educate Americans about the cultures and societies of their home countries in non-structured gatherings and in public presentations.

Please read about the program and find the MS Word Application Form (at the end of the overview and frequently asked questions) at the following site:
Deadline for submitting applications including a recommendation letter is  February 9, 2018.
Submission details are explained in the introduction to the Application Form. You are welcome to use the advertisement as you find appropriate.

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