As America’s premier cross-cultural exchange program since 1958, Dr. James H. Robinson saw a “clear, honest, hard-hitting program” in which young North Americans would work at the grassroots level with young Africans. He envisioned young people “building bridges of friendship to Africa,”. The organization’s motto is “make a difference for others, see the difference in yourself.
The Africa summer program has 3 components: three orientation days before departure, six work weeks on a development project in the host country, and one week travel in the host country.
Upon selection as a participant, you will receive a book of info with relevant background materials and a profile of your host country. You are also encouraged to research for your personal, academic and/or professional interests.
The time you spend as a member of a Crossroads group is designed to provide an immersion in the culture of the host community. You will be part of an international group made up of 8 to 10 men and women of various racial, cultural, regional and educational backgrounds. Under the guidance of a group leader, Crossroads groups join with a community for 6 weeks on a project that involves local people and Crossroaders working together. All Crossroads projects are community-initiated, and you live and work with hosts who have designed the project.