"Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute" Archive

Summer Institute looking for host families

Wake Forest will be hosting the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute (BFTF) for the seventh consecutive year. This is a program funded by the U.S. State Department that focuses on leadership, international relations, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement to prepare the Fellows for their role as engaged citizens.

The Fellows are 16-18-year-old students who come from 35 different Western, Eastern European, and Eurasian countries, as well as numerous U.S. states. They will be on campus from June 30 to July 27, taking classes, participating in workshops, and volunteering in the community. They also travel to Philadelphia and Washington for a week.

Wake Forest is looking for host families for the 2013 BFTF Fellows for the period of July 12-22. Please see the flier [PDF] and application [PDF] if you are interested in being a host family. Feel free to distribute the information to anyone who may be interested in being involved with the BFTF.

Email bftfhostfamily@nullgmail.com or contact Annamae Giles at 336.918.7124 for questions. Deadline to apply is May 24.

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Ben Franklin host families needed

Students in the Ben Franklin Fellows Summer InstituteThis month, 68 teenagers from 43 different countries will study on the Reynolda Campus as part of the seventh annual Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute at Wake Forest.

Designed to teach teenagers about different countries and about the shared principles and challenges they face, the Ben Franklin program features educational trips to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as classes, workshops and civic engagement activities. Visiting students will have the opportunity to stay in homes with local families in the Winston-Salem area.

Currently, program directors urgently need 25 more host families to host the young scholars, ages 16-18, from Friday, July 13-Sunday, July 22.

Scott Freese, homestay coordinator and campus minister to international students at Wake Forest and other Triad-area colleges and universities, believes faculty and staff could offer exceptional cultural and intellectual experiences to students.

“We seek an environment that encourages individual expression, communications, and information sharing in an effort to advance positive relationships among the various ethnic, religious, and national groups,” said Freese. “Who better to provide such an environment than the faculty and staff who are already embody these values at Wake Forest?”

Considerations for matching potential host families with students might include allergies, fears of dogs or cats, food preferences, ages and genders of the host families’ children, if applicable.

Faculty or staff who are interested in becoming a host family are encouraged to apply online immediately or contact Scott Freese (freeses@nullwfu.edu or 336.972.6237) for more information.

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Rodriguez-Pastor will be Ben Franklin Institute student escort

Nicole Rodriguez-Pastor, assistant director, Residence Life and Housing, has been selected to be the staff escort from Frankfurt, Germany, for students from Europe and Eurasia participating in the Ben Franklin Institute. She will accompany students flying from Frankfurt to the U.S. in early July to participate in the Ben Franklin Institute, held on campus. About 60 high school students from Europe and Eurasia and 11 students from the United States are expected to participate in the annual program to learn more about American democracy.

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Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

Once again, one staff member will be selected to travel to Frankfurt, Germany, in July to escort a group of students who are participating in the Ben Franklin Institute to the United States. A grant will provide one roundtrip airline ticket, four nights hotel accommodation and a food allowance for the selected staff member. Deadline is May 25. For more information or to apply, visit http://blogs.bftf.org/ or contact Linda Petrou.

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