Cultural and Educational Exchange Programs
The Cultural Section promotes mutual understanding, respect for cultural diversity and broadens dialogue between Americans and their Cameroonian counterparts through thematic, educational and cultural exchange programs organized in the United States and Cameroon. The programs listed below are tools which the Public Diplomacy (PD) Section utilizes to foster mutual exchange of knowledge on issues of common concern in the United States and Cameroon.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946. Each year 7 – 10 Cameroonians receive grants averaging from $25,000 – $ 35,000 to earn graduate degrees and conduct research or teach in U.S. institutions. American scholars and students are also awarded grants to conduct research or teach in Cameroon. Concurrently, about 5-8 American scholars and students receive grants to study, research, or lecture in Cameroon.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of non-degree academic study in the U.S. for mid-level professionals. About 1-3 Cameroonians travel to the U.S. under the Humphrey Program with grants averaging $35,000.
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) provides secondary school teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. TEA consists of a six‐week non‐degree, non‐credit customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Participants also participate in a practicum in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support is provided throughout the program. Current secondary‐level, full‐time teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including: English or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Social Sciences, Mathematics and Sciences. They must be proficient in written and spoken English and willing to continue teaching after completion of the program.
SUSI for Scholars: The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) are five- to six-week academic programs focusing on U.S. studies for small groups of foreign scholars. SUSIs aim to promote a better understanding of American people and institutions; explore the diversity and culture of the United States; and develop or expand curricula on U.S. studies in colleges and universities overseas. Hosted by universities and colleges throughout the United States, Institutes offer a balance between academic and experiential learning though an intensive academic program, educational and cultural site visits, educational travel to a different region of the United States, and opportunities to build relationships with American peers and community members through research, homestays, and community service. SUSI Institutes will be held in the following themes: American Politics and Political Thought Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Pluralism in the United States, U.S. Culture and Society, and U.S. Foreign Policy
SUSI for Secondary School Educators: The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP): This program brings an average of 15 – 20 International Visitors to the U.S. yearly. Many current members of parliament, leading media editors, and cabinet level ministers of Cameroon have benefitted from the IVLP.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established in October, 2002 to provide scholarships for high school students (15 – 17 years) from participating countries to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. Students live with host families, attend high school engage in activities to learn about American society and values, and receive leadership training. In 2007, Yes Abroad was established to provide a similar experience for U.S. students (15-19) in selected YES countries.