Connect them with a lifelong network of friends
Fellowship of Friends
During their gap-year experience, the B2R Scholars develop deep friendships with one another and the B2R family of staff, board members, supporters and older B2R Scholars. B2R’s mission is for this expanding fellowship of friends to serve as a source of strength, encouragement and love for the rest of their lives.
Become The Bridge
Each B2R Scholar is encouraged to become a “bridge” while they are abroad by being an advocate for their home country and by gathering a lifelong network of friends in the U.S or wherever they are. The B2R Scholars Program continues to support them with the following:
Host families to provide personal guidance; emotional, social and spiritual encouragement; and a home away from home when school is not in session
Academic and personal counseling to ensure Scholars perform at their best and graduate on time.
Career coaching to identify job opportunities in Africa and to direct Scholars’ strengths and passions to careers that serve Africa’s marketplace.
Internships in Africa that offer practical experience leading to jobs and opportunities.
The results of the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars program have been extraordinary – since 2011, almost 100 students have been awarded scholarships with a total value of more than $21 million to over 50 universities in five countries:
Each Bridge2Rwanda Scholar is connected with a number of local U.S. host families. The role of a host family is to welcome students into their homes during school breaks and to create opportunities for them to broaden their network of friends and experience America. In some cases, host families also provide and help raise financial support for their Scholars.
“Becoming a host family for B2R has been one of the best decisions we have ever made for our family, an absolute game changer. We had no idea that in such a short time, our hearts and lives would be forever changed. We have added a precious son and daughter to our family and I daresay, that we have been way more blessed by them than they have by us. This entire experience, and the chance to create deep, meaningful relationships with these amazing young people is one that we are eternally grateful for.”
-Dave and Jessica Walker
U.S.-based Student Coordinators & Advisors
The B2R team of U.S-based Student Coordinators and Advisors supports the students and their host families throughout their four-year university career. The team keeps in regular contact with the students and stays connected to address academic, personal, medical and spiritual needs.