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Invitation to Host African Youth Leaders

Contributed by: Frankie Adams
Published: Thursday, 15 February 2018 7:30 AM
Dear Ball State Community.

Ball State University has been selected for the fifth consecutive year to host the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP), a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and made possible by a partnership between Teacher's College, the Rinker Center for International Programs, and the Intensive English Institute. This dynamic and selective program will bring two groups of African high school students and adult mentors to Ball State in 2018. While in Muncie, the participants will develop an entrepreneurial venture to implement back in their home communities, participate in academic sessions, and actively volunteer for multiple organizations.

We are seeking families and individuals to serve as homestay hosts from April 11 - 24, 2018. The 15 students and five mentors are English speakers from Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, and Namibia. The African adult mentors that will accompany the group are professionals in higher or secondary education in their respective countries.

Hosting a student or mentor is an opportunity expand to your cultural horizons by providing an opportunity to learn more about African cultures and customs. For more information about the program, please see the PAYLP 2018 flyer and the PAYLP Homestay Guide. Opportunities for hosting a participant are limited, so if you are interested in being a host, please be sure to submit your application quickly. We will be accepting applications until Friday, February 23, 2018.

If you have questions, please contact one of the homestay coordinators listed below. Lastly, we kindly ask you to share this email with anyone who might consider this cultural opportunity.

Thank you,

Mary Theresa Seig, PhD
Assistant Provost for International Programs

PAYLP 2018 Homestay Coordinators:

Kathy Ramos
Associate Director for Curriculum
Intensive English Institute
Ball State University

Deborah McMillan, Ed.D.
Director of Operations
Intensive English Institute
Ball State University