Maru-a-Pula Summer Program

The Maru-a-Pula Summer Program (MaP) is a fully-funded, eight-week summer opportunity to work and live at the Maru-a-Pula School in Gaborone, Botswana. One of Southern Africa’s top secondary schools, Maru-a-Pula collaborates with the Center for African Studies to employ Harvard students during the summer to share their experiences and expertise with students. Since 2008, the Maru-a-Pula Internship 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 Center for African Studies and Maru-a-Pula seek capable students prepared to take on a variety of student mentorship roles, including tutoring, mentoring, and extracurricular advising. The success of each Maru-a-Pula intern cohort relies on the diverse skills, passions and strengths of each of its team members. Past student mentors have taught math classes, led drama lessons, organized Model UN, assisted the soccer team, and helped with science tutorials. While no mentor role ever looks the same, all mentors will assist with individual tutoring, some SAT prep classes, and mentor the school’s US Scholars, MaP students preparing for a year at a U.S. boarding school. 

Student Mentors will also have the opportunity to participate in service activities in the local community as well as funded travel throughout Southern Africa. Past excursions have included Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Botswana’s own Kavango Delta, as well as visits to the homes of MaP friends and colleagues in communities outside Gaborone. 


  • 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 Student Support & Outreach Officer at or 1730 Cambridge Street, Room 403, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138


DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 6, 2018 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 by the application deadline. The letter should speak to perceived ability to succeed in the internship.