Memphis in May International Festival believes that education is an integral part of our festival. International awareness is at the core of the Memphis in May International Festival’s commitment to the education of the Mid-South community, children and adults alike. Each year, the area’s youth immerse themselves in the culture of our honored country through our curriculum guide, student competitions, international exchanges, and more!
While Memphis in May International Festival fosters the education of an entire community, our focus begins on the youth of the area. Memphis in May’s goal: by the time a student graduates from high school, they will have had the opportunity to experience the customs and cultures of 12 different countries from around the world. Each year, Memphis in May accomplishes this goal through an extensive and diverse youth education program offered to every student and school in the Memphis and Shelby County area, including over 200 city and county schools, dozens of private schools, and a very active home school association.
Our award-winning education program would not be possible without the support and assistance of corporate partners and our international friends. Educators, artists, and writers in the local community come together and give their time to judge the Festival’s numerous educational contests. Memphis in May International Festival has been able to build relationships in the community that allow the education program to continue to grow, thrive and benefit the entire community.
2020 Student Exchange Trip
Each year, Memphis in May selects students from Memphis and Shelby County schools to participate in a unique opportunity to visit the present year’s honored country. The students live with host families, attends a local high school and experiences the sights, sounds, and culture of the honored country. The program is offered at no charge to the students and lasts for 10-12 days, enough time to give the students a true experience of the country without interfering with their school year.
In the spring of 2020, a group of high school juniors and seniors will immerse themselves in Ghana culture, and your students have the chance to be a part of it!
We look forward to celebrating Memphis in May’s 2020 honored country of Ghana with you and your students this year!
The application process for the 2020 Student Exchange trip is now closed.
Click here to view the 2020 Ghana Curriculum Guide, with worksheets, information and ideas for students ranging from kindegarten to 12th grade.
World Cargo Crate by CN
The World Cargo Crate sponsored by CN is an interactive, hands-on classroom learning experience for Memphis area schools. A large crate filled with artifacts from this year's honored country of Ghana will visit local schools, allowing the students to touch and see items representing Ghanaian culture, helping to bring lessons to life.
The Memphis in May Education Newsletter is for anyone interested in learning various information about our honored country. You'll find fun facts, photos and lots more to help get acclimated for this year's month-long salute.
Download the latest edition of our Education Newsletter here.
- World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
- Beale Street Music Festival
- Great American River Run
2021 Salute to Ghana
- Student Exchange Program
- For Educators