When Chris Bashinelli made his first visit to Africa, he expected to see people mired in poverty, war, and starvation. In short, to see what was represented on TV in the United States reflected in reality. What he found, however, was not what he expected.
Students are always seeking funding for language study. The beauty of the African Languages Initiative pilot program, designed to increase the number of Boren Scholars, Fellows and alumni engaged in the study of critical languages of Africa, is that it requires domestic US study of the language prior to departure to the host country. (This can be bypassed if the student has reached "novice high" -ILR 0+.)