2020 Student Exchange Applications Now Available

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Memphis-area junior and senior high school students will have the opportunity of a lifetime as Memphis in May International Festival opens the application period for its annual Student Exchange Program. In 2020, selected students will travel to the honored country of Ghana as ambassadors for Memphis in May. During the ten- to twelve-day visit in March, students will travel to specially chosen areas of the country to experience firsthand the rich culture of this leader on the African continent, including the friendly people, exotic wildlife, UNESCO historic sites and more.

The student ambassadors will travel with chaperones and stay with host families while they attend an area high school. Prior to departure, students will attend orientation sessions that will allow them to gain further insight into Ghana’s society and their responsibilities as Memphis in May ambassadors.

“Since its founding in 1977, Memphis in May’s mission has been to build international relationships,” said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival, “and the relationships our local students will develop with their host families, and the experiences they will have during their stay in Ghana will be life-changing.”

Successful applicants will be chosen based on their academic performance, community service and communication skills.  An essay and letters of recommendation are also required for trip consideration. The Memphis in May Student Exchange Program is open to any student enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade in a public or private school or an authorized home school within Shelby County during the August 2019-June 2020 school year.  Students should be in good academic standing, demonstrate leadership involvement at school and in their community, possess outstanding communication skills and possess an interest in increasing their appreciation of other cultures. Selected students must commit to sharing their experience and newfound knowledge of the honored country with local groups after their return.   

For more information on the Student Exchange Program, contact Carley Kirby, Program Manager, at ckirby [at] memphisinmay [dot] org or visit this page. The application deadline is Monday, December 2, 2019.

2020 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Salute to Ghana: May 1-31, 2020
Beale Street Music Festival: May 1-3, 2020
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 13-16, 2020
Great American River Run: May 23, 2020

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