Frequently Asked Questions
To be considered, a potential Birthright Scholar must be between the ages of 13 – 30, of Black/African descent, and a U.S. citizen. Potential Scholars must register with Birthright AFRICA on our website here to let us know you are interested in becoming a Birthright Scholar. Once you register with Birthright AFRICA, you are part of our database of Potential Scholars that can be referred to a Birthright AFRICA Education Partner. Once a Birthright AFRICA Program is available in your area, you will be referred to the Education Partner to receive a Scholar application. Education Partners make the final selection to accept applicants as Birthright Scholars in their Birthright Program.
We recommend that people who are 31 and older consider paying to travel with a group through black-owned travel companies like Tastemakers Africa (Birthright Travel Partner). Please research which one may be the best fit for you and let them know Birthright AFRICA referred you. Additionally, if you work with a high school, college, or community-based organization that serves youth or young adults of African descent, you may be able to participate as a Facilitator if your organization has an approved Birthright Program as a Birthright Education Partner. Please let us know if you would like to introduce your organization to Birthright AFRICA.
The global trip to a nation in Africa is typically 10 days. Prior to traveling abroad, the Birthright Program includes a 2-3 day trip to a nearby national city as well as 3 – 5 days of exploration locally. To learn more, please see our powerful 2017 Program Recap Video below for a better understanding of the Birthright AFRICA vision, mission, and programmatic approach.
The Birthright AFRICA experience is life-changing. Please see our powerful 2017 Program Recap Video below for a better understanding of the Birthright AFRICA vision, mission, and programmatic approach.
The Birthright AFRICA programs that are implemented and operated by our Education Partners (high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations) cost $5,000 per Scholar for local, national, and global exploration during off peak season. This covers the cost of Facilitators at a ratio of 5 Scholars to 1 Facilitator. For example, a group of 10 Scholars would require 2 Facilitators whose costs are covered. We require a minimum of 10 and maximum of 16 scholars per trip.
Scholars travel for free as their birthright while Education Partners fundraise and seek support from Birthright AFRICA. To learn more about how to become an Education Partner click here
Potential Education Partners – high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations can apply to have a Birthright program approved under Birthright AFRICA’s collaborative partnership program model.
To learn more about how to become an Education Partner click here
- If you have been to the continent after the age of 12, you are still welcome to register as a Birthright Scholar to participate in the Pre-Travel Virtual Program. However, you will not be referred to travel.
- If you are not a US citizen, you are still welcome to register as a Birthright Scholar to participate in the Pre-Travel Virtual Program. You will be referred to travel with a Birthright Program once an Education Partner is established in your country.
- If you are over age 30, we encourage you to explore becoming an Education Partner and be eligible to facilitate a Birthright program that travels with Birthright Scholars.