This summer was a special experience for two young Greeks who participated in the @Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Institute (BFTF Wake Forest University), June 22-July 24 2017. The institute is organized under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State and hosts 55 students ages 16-18, from 45 European and Eurasian countries and 10 U.S. States. The BFTF takes place every summer for four weeks at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
This year, Greece was represented by Spyros Bazios who recently graduated from high school in Lesbos and by Efthymios Skoufas, who is a 2010 BFTF Alumni invited to participate as a mentor.
According to Efthymios: “It is a unique opportunity for a young person to live and exchange ideas with 54 other young fellows from around the world and participate in specially-designed lectures and activities that focus on civic engagement principles. The fellows also familiarize themselves with the American educational and political system, as well as with the everyday life of Americans, obtaining a complete picture of the American culture throughout their stay.”
Spyros said in his own words: “Anything I had heard or read about the BFTF could not come close to the feelings or the experiences I obtained during my stay in the U.S. Everything surpassed my wildest expectations.”