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Botswana

Maru-a-Pula School in Botswana
Maru-a-Pula is a co-educational boarding and day school located in the capital, Gaborone. It was founded in 1972 to "serve as a model of non-racial education in Southern Africa." Today, the school enrolls a cosmopolitan population of more than 600 students: 63 percent (398) are Botswanan, more than a third of whom receive financial aid; the remaining 37 percent (237) are expatriates from 37 different countries. The school prides itself upon its student-centered, holistic education program that, for example, sees community service not as an extracurricular program, but as integral to each student’s education. It offers a demanding program that prepares many of its graduates for British A-level exams and prepares some to attend university in the United States.

Nina Cameron, ’07 of North Andover, Mass. | "My participation in the exchange program was a turning point in my academic career. I gained new motivation and a focus for my academic work. My plan to go to medical school and pursue a career in public health derives from my exchange experiences and those that followed. Time spent in Botswana, going to school and participating in community service programs, opened my eyes to an interesting new world. It stoked my hunger to experience new cultures, meet interesting people and serve the greater good. In particular, my exposure to the AIDS epidemic has motivated me to be a doctor and give back to the community and country that helped me grow." 

Projected Participants | 1 boy, 1 girl

Dates of Travel
 | Feb. 28 – April 3 

Website | www.maruapula.org

Profiles of Past Participants Download Document

Recent Participant Videos Alena Petrella '10 and Phoebe Howe '11
The Brooks School Exchange Program, founded in 1986, promotes the global education of students from Brooks and its partner schools in Botswana, Hungary, Scotland, Spain, France and Peru. By living abroad as residents in other school communities, our students are challenged to extend themselves to another place, another culture, another people – and, most importantly, to be affected by them, to be changed by them. We are confident that experiencing this transformative process of enculturation makes our students more empathetic and engaged global citizens.

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