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Maru-a-Pula Summer Program
The Maru-a-Pula Summer Program is a fully-funded, eight-week opportunity to work and live at the Maru-a-Pula School (http://maruapula.org) in Gaborone, Botswana. One of Southern Africa’s top secondary schools, Maru-a-Pula collaborates with the Harvard Committee on African Studies to employ Harvard students during the summer to share their experiences and expertise with students. Since 2008, the MaP Program has offered interns a chance to gain field experience in an African community, through teaching, tutoring, and student mentorship, as well as providing interns the opportunity to explore the cultural richness of Botswana and the Southern African region.
The Committee on African Studies and Maru-a-Pula seek six capable interns prepared to take on a variety of roles including tutoring, mentoring, and extracurricular advising. In particular, for 2014, Maru-a-Pula seeks interns with skillsets to assist in these areas:
Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in service activities in the local community as well as funded travel throughout Southern Africa.
The Program requires a two-month commitment starting at the beginning of June and lasting until the beginning of August. Students in all concentrations are encouraged to apply; only continuing Harvard undergraduate students are eligible.
Ideal interns for the Maru-a-Pula Summer Program are self-starters, sensitive to cultural differences, interested in Africa and African Studies, team-players, outgoing and persistent, and have some teaching/tutoring experience. Interested candidates should illustrate these qualifications in their application as well as in what areas (listed above) they envision being most useful.
Successful intern candidates are awarded a grant that covers international travel expenses, expenses in situ, and travel within the region. Room and board are provided by Maru-a-Pula. Inquiries can be sent to Maggie Lopes (email@example.com).
Complete applications are due to the Committee on African Studies by 5pm Monday, February 10, 2014. Finalists for the Maru-a-Pula Summer Program will be notified and scheduled for an interview shortly thereafter.
- ONLINE APPLICATION
- RESUME You will be asked to upload a 1 page resume.
- TRANSCRIPT You will be asked to upload an unofficial Harvard transcript.
- LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION Please have one letter of recommendation emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on February 10, 2013. The letter should speak to your perceived ability to succeed in this internship.
My stay in Botswana was not merely an interesting and educational summer where I forever eradicated the tendency to clump all the countries in Africa into one, or where I was taught how to “click” words with my mouth, or where I made international friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime. All of those things did occur, but on a personal level, those eight weeks were full of individual growth for me which would not have been possible anywhere else.
- Theresa Gebert, MaP 2012 Intern