IAWA strives to create a support network for our ambassadors that includes nurturing adults, peer mentors, advocates, role models, and a cohort of positive peers.  Mentors are a key component of this network. Many youth in our program don't have adults in their home that can guide them as they make integral decisions now that will ultimately decide their futures.  Additionally, we are uniquely looking for virtual mentors to assist us in cultivating cross-cultural competencies, and promote intercultural awareness within the youth in our program. 

Mentors are asked to commit and be responsible for the following:

Mentors in South Africa

  • one year commitment with an option to extend
  • meet with mentees minimally every other month (or at least six times a year in person)
  • call menteer minimally every month to check up on them 

Virtual Mentors

  • one year commitment with an option to extend
  • meet with mentee virtually for 30 minutes, three times a year.  Calls typically take place between 7am – 10am EST, during the Bakgoni Empowerment Camps
  • Correspond with mentee throughout the year via email or written letter


Mentor Application