The fellow, Boipelo Laetsang, is very interested in poultry production and started her own chicken farm in Botswana where she currently employs 120 people so I am hoping to link her with a host who specializes in the poultry industry. I am copying some additional information below about the program and the fellow we are looking to place for a 5-6 week fellowship starting in the beginning of August. This program is fully funded by State Department so Boipelo’s services would come at no expense to your institution and would simply be an opportunity to contribute to the academic community. I apologize for the short notice but if you think you might be interested in hosting a fellow this summer, I would be happy to arrange a call to discuss this opportunity further. I appreciate your consideration and please let me know if you would like to discuss this in more detail.
Andrew Lentz| International Agricultural Program Specialist | Post Conflict Disaster Assistance Branch | Office of Capacity Building and Development | Foreign Agricultural Service | U.S. Department of Agriculture | 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Rm 3121-S | Washington, DC 20250 | (202) 720-6915 | Andrew.Lentz@fas.usda.gov
In its third year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders aims to invest in the new generation of young African leaders who will shape the continent’s future; provide them with practical skills that can help take their current work in the public, private, and NGO sectors to the next level; and deepen partnerships and connections between the United States and Africa. Last month, the Fellowship brought 1000 young African professionals, ages 25-35, to the US for intensive six-week executive-style Academic and Leadership Institutes at 40 Institute Partners across the country. Fellows will also participate in the third annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington, DC, in early August.
Following the Summit, 100 Fellows have been competitively selected to complete a six-week Professional Development Experience (PDE). PDEs will take place from August 8-September 16, 2016 and are designed to be substantive, short-term work experiences that allow the Fellow to learn about an issue or topic of interest from a US perspective, produce work products valuable to their host, and get exposure to US workplace and organizational culture. You can learn more about the PDE component of the Fellowship in the attached overview.
The Fellowship and PDE Timeline is as follows:
- April to June 2016: IREX engages in an intensive, personalized placement process to match Fellows with appropriate institutions. IREX will work with both Fellows and hosts to ensure that placements are a good match for both sides.
- June to July 2016: Fellows and hosts collaborate in advance of the period of work to identify possible projects and develop the initial Work Plan. Academic and Leadership Institutes take place at universities across the U.S.
- August 1-3, 2016: 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit takes place
- August 4, 2016: Fellows participate in PDE Orientation after the Summit
- August 5-7, 2016: Fellows travel to PDE city and get situated in their housing accommodations
- August 8, 2016: Fellows report to PDE Host for their first day of work
- September 16, 2016: Fellows’ last day of work at their PDE Host
- September 17, 2016: Fellows return to their home countries
The Fellowship fully funds and directly provides to participants J-1 visa support, international and domestic round-trip airfare, accident and sickness insurance, housing accommodations, and an allowance for meals and local transportation. Per program rules, Fellows may not be paid by hosts. IREX will provide additional guidance on Fellowship-related travel, accommodations, and other program rules and arrangements at a later date.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is looking to place two highly qualified fellows into positions this year:
Boipelo Laetsang, Botswana – Boipelo is the founder and a managing director at ChickHead Farm, which she founded in 2014 with a staff of 5 people; it now employs 120 people in her community. In addition to having a desire to create jobs, Boipelo is also working on starting an experiential learning-based summer camp for school students to learn about farming. This summer, she will complete a Business & Entrepreneurship Institute at Purdue University.