Lebone II Summer Program

The Lebone II Summer Program is an eight-week program that provides students the opportunity to live and work at the Leone II – College in Phokeng, South Africa. Lebone II – College of the royal Bafokeng was established by former kgosi (King) Mollwane Lebone Boikanya Molotlegi in 1997. The College is located within the Royal Bafokeng Nation, the ethnic homeland of the Bafokeng people, a Setswana-speaking traditional community, in South Africa’s North West Province. Lebone II is a leading independent preparatory and secondary school for boys and girls.

The Center for African Studies and Lebone II College seek four capable student mentors who are self-starters and prepared to take on a variety of roles including tutoring, mentoring, and extracurricular advising. The success of each Lebone II student mentor cohort relies on the diverse skills, passions, and strengths of each of its team members.

Student mentors work closely with Lebone II students providing academic tutoring and mentorship across a wide range of subject areas. Mentors also help to plan and work at a week long Lebone II Annual Leadership ConferenceDuring their time on the program student mentors live within the village of Phokeng, providing a unique opportunity to experience a community with a strong African culture and traditions.



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 students for the Lebone II Summer Program are self-starters, sensitive to cultural differences, interested in Africa and/or African Studies, team-players, outgoing and persistent. Some teaching, tutoring and/or mentoring experience is a plus. Interested candidates should illustrate these qualifications in their application as well as in what areas they envision being most useful.

Successful student mentor candidates are awarded a grant that amply covers international travel expenses, expenses in situ, and travel within the region. Room and board are provided. Inquiries can be sent to Nthatisi Quella (nthatisiquella@fas.harvard.edu).


Complete applications are due to the Center for African Studies by February 9th, 2017 at 3pm . Finalists for the Lebone II Summer Program will be notified and scheduled for an interview shortly thereafter.

Application Checklist

  • TRANSCRIPT Unofficial Harvard transcript accepted.
  • LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION should be uploaded in CARAT by recommender or emailed directly to nthatisiquella@fas.harvard.edu by 3pm on February 9, 2017. The letter should speak to your perceived ability to succeed in this internship.