Updated October 16, 2021, Le Flambeau Foundation, Inc.
Le Flambeau Foundation will be launching THE SPARK of Le Flambeau Fall session for the twelfth year. The THE SPARK of LF is an online language exchange program focused on extending educational opportunities to bright youth (27 yrs or younger) in and from Haiti, with English language learning as the foundation. This program provides a path for students to engage and earn their way forward. The program was created by youth, for youth.
Alumni members of THE SPARK of LF sessions include two students who went on to earn full scholarships to attend college in the U.S. and who each graduated with a BA, including one who went on to earn an MBA. Other alumni members went on to earn new pathways and income in Haiti. This is a Le Flambeau Foundation program born in the spirit of learning, sharing, leading, and passing forward our gifts for the brightest future.
The Fall 2021 THE SPARK of Le Flambeau session will launch on October 18, 2021 and will run until the end of November. The English Graders from past sessions include high school and college students and teachers, recent college graduates and summer interns who taught in Haiti. This year we are pleased to feature two recent college graduates who volunteered their time and expertise to co-lead this session.
Michael is a 2021 graduate from the University of Michigan. He majored in Spanish and International Studies (with a specific focus on Latin America & the Caribbean). Michael is a native Spanish speaker and a proud Colombian-American. His interests include reading, writing, traveling, and meeting people from around the world. He is excited to work with The Spark of Le Flambeau because he values community development and working with others. He is eager not only to help Haitian students practice their English, but to learn from them as well.
Alexis is a 2021 graduate from American University. She majored in International Studies with a focus on Sub-saharan Africa. She is a native English speaker and a proud African-American. Her interests include international music, languages, cooking, traveling and making friends from all over the world. She is excited to work with The Spark of Le Flambeau as she strongly believes that cross-cultural educational and language exchange are key contributors to developing a thriving social ecosystem. She is looking forward to learning more about Haiti and the Haitian people.
THE SPARK of Le Flambeau veteran Ms. Bijou Gervais is serving as advisor for the Graders throughout this session. The topic for this session is Business and Entrepreneurship. Participating youth are located throughout Haiti with many of them from the North side of the country. Each participant who completes the session will receive upon completion, a 2-year English learning Babbel app. The winner will receive a TOEFL Test Study Kit along with a fully paid TOEFL Test stipend. More to come as we launch.