Congratulations to Abbie Walsh, 5th year, who will be heading stateside this summer. Abbie applied for a scholarship that would enable her to attend the Ben Franklin Institute exchange programme hosted in Purdue University, Indiana.
With nominations from her teachers Ms Moran and Ms Crowe, Abbie submitted her application back in January. The TCS communinty were delighted to hear this week that Abbie's application was successful and wish her the best of luck.
The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive short-term exchange program. Its purpose is to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build stronger linkages and enhanced awareness of shared values. The four week program will enable teenagers, ages 16-18, to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities and common goals, such as support for democracy and civil society, economic prosperity, and broader youth engagement. The program will consist of a series of lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, and a broad assortment of practical, faculty- and mentor-led workshops. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by community service activities, site visits, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families to deepen participants’ experience of US society during their exchange.
During the academic residency, participants also will have the opportunity to discuss other topics, including democratic principles, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, leadership, team building, and engaging the media. Upon their return home, participants will implement service projects in their communities and present an alumni project plan to assist a youth-serving or youth-centered organization in their home country. These organizations could include the U.S. Mission Youth Councils, American Corners/American Spaces, and exchange alumni associations.