Travel is not accessible for everyone! Most Black students from underserved communities never travel beyond their local communities due to lack of financial resources and exposure to opportunities to explore the world beyond their local communities. Lack of travel limits their perspective of global places, people and cultures that provide for a well-rounded perspective of the world.
The NextGen Travel Abroad Africa program is designed to create access and opportunities for students 18-24 from underserved communities to explore their cultural and ancestral heritage throughout the African continent. Through annual cohorts, college/university students will receive scholarships to travel to South Africa, Ghana and Kenya on a fully guided experience. Working in partnership with universities in Accra, Ghana, Nairobi, Kenya and Port Elizabeth, South Africa, students will be matched with university students for cultural exchange and as local guides.
The NextGen Travel Abroad Africa program is presented in partnership with the Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance and Africa Tourism Association.
There are many factors to consider for Black students traveling abroad, such as safety, and historical and cultural interests. Those concerns are even more nuanced for students of color, who have to consider how race and and politics will have a different impact on their journey than others.
African cities possess both cultural elements related to black American culture, and opportunities for students to connect with their ancestral roots while providing transformative experiences and preparing them for future global travel.
Access to travel and exposure to African cultural heritage will broaden perspectives and place students on a pathway to becoming global cultural travelers through the NextGen Travel Abroad Africa program.
If you a college student at a Historically Black Colleges + Universities (HBCU) between the age of 18-24, and have never traveled out of the United States, you may be eligible to become a NEXTGEN TRAVEL SCHOLAR.
Click below to email a short essay telling us how traveling to Africa will impact your future. Tell us about yourself, your personal and professional goals beyond graduation, and where you have traveled to date. Email your interest and essay for consideration to participate in a 2023-2024 cohort.
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