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Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Return to Purdue

 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Return to Purdue

Top high-school-aged scholars from the US and Europe will be coming to the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute at Purdue University for four weeks, June 28 through July 26.  For the second year in a row, the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction will host 45 diverse and intellectually curious students aged 16 to 18.    

BFTF is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to build relations between future leaders.  These young people will engage in rigorous, socially and culturally diverse activities and learn practical skills by participating in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, social entrepreneurship, and leadership development. Fellows will be taking classes on campus, as well as participating in social and cultural events.  The program is designed so that much of the learning is peer to peer.

As Flore De Vylder, from Belgium, described it in her blog, “Some are funny, others were sweet. Some were loud, others silent. But we have one thing in common: we all have the will to do something that is bigger than any doubt! We were a group of very ambitious, motivated and brilliant youngsters, determined to make a difference. As individuals, we are as different as our countries. But that’s what made us strong.”

Volunteer families in the Lafayette area are needed to host an exchange student for the 10-day “Hoosier Homestay” that is a key component of the four week institute.