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 Lebone II – College of the Royal Bafokeng in Phokeng, South Africa. Lebone II was established by former Kgosi (King) Mollwane Lebone Boikanyo 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 seek 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 the week-long Lebone II Annual Leadership Festival. During their time with the program student mentors live within the village of Phokeng, providing a unique opportunity to experience a community with a strong African culture and tradition.


  • Applicant must be a continuing undergraduate student enrolled at Harvard College

  • 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.

  • 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 the Center for African Studies Associate Director at ataylor@fas.harvard.edu or 1280 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138


DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 13, 2019 at 3:00pm (EST)

  • Harvard CARAT Application Form

  • Current resume

  • Current unofficial transcript

  • Letter of recommendation. Recommendations should be uploaded in CARAT by the recommender or emailed directly to ataylor@fas.harvard.edu by the application deadline. The letter should speak to perceived ability to succeed in the internship.