Reciprocal Exchanges

Sarah Cohen of Illinois traveled to Zambia to work with 2015 Alumnus Aaron Mwewa to create a digital storytelling film.

The Reciprocal Exchange component provides opportunities for U.S. professionals to travel to sub-Saharan African countries or implement hybrid projects to continue collaborative work with Mandela Washington Fellows on the continent.

Since 2015, U.S. citizens from 35 states and the District of Columbia have traveled to 42 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for a Reciprocal Exchange.


Reciprocal Exchange Participants (2015-2020)

Since 2015, U.S. citizens from 35 states and the District of Columbia have participated in the Reciprocal Exchange component.

Having the chance to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange [component] was a life-changing experience for me.  This project challenged me to be innovative and take initiative in developing new skills that can have a positive impact on a global community.”   

– 2017 Reciprocal Exchange Participant Tanikka Mitchell after collaborating with 2016 Fellowship Alumna Nkechi Udegboka in Nigeria
Kelly Bedeian of Iowa collaborated with 2019 Alumnus Jean Pierre Sibomana on a project with people with disabilities.

U.S. professionals may include those met during the Mandela Washington Fellowship through site visits, networking, the Summit, Professional Development Experiences, or other activities.  Through these projects, U.S. citizens and young African leaders form lasting partnerships, expand markets and networks, and increase mutual understanding between the United States and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The [Reciprocal Exchange component of] the Mandela Washington Fellowship has changed my life in so many ways.  I am now advancing my career in the U.S. in the disability sector and pursuing a Masters in Disability Studies.  None of this would have happened without the [Fellowship] and the Reciprocal Exchange component.”

2019 Reciprocal Exchange Participant Tom DeFayette, after collaborating with 2014 Fellowship Alumnus Moffat Louis in Botswana

Applications for the Reciprocal Exchange will be announced in Fall 2021. Please check this page for more information.

Learn how U.S. Participants have leveraged the Reciprocal Exchange component to increase opportunities for their business in the United States. Learn about previous projects between Fellows and U.S. professionals.