South African Students Participate in International Leadership Program

The Louis August Jonas Foundation is pleased to report that Lungile Msomi, Oarabile Ndlovu and Tefo Matlhabegoane, have successfully completed the highly selective and demanding 7-week Rising Sun international summer program in leadership. Established in 1930 and in operation for 80 years, the Rising Sun program develops in promising teenagers, ages 14-16 from around the globe, a commitment to making positive contributions to their communities and the world through sensitive, responsible leadership, intellectual and artistic growth, valuing diversity and developing a spirit of giving.

Founded by George E. Jonas, the Louis August Jonas Foundation selects up to 60 boys and 60 girls each year from around the United States and the world, to attend a full-scholarship summer program on separate boys’ and girls’ campuses in Rhinebeck, New York. Different students assume positions of leadership each day and, with some guidance from a member of the staff, run the daily operations. Students determine the schedule, assign work responsibilities, plan the meals, oversee the activities, account for the whereabouts of all participants at all times, respond to unplanned occurrences, develop special events, etc.

CRS Clinton and Red Hook Campers 2010

CRS Clinton and Red Hook Campers 2010

A typical day includes student- and staff-led instructions, projects, an evening program and self-structured activities during which students may participate in athletics, practice music, play chess, read, talk with their fellow participants, write in their journals, continue their work on an instruction or project or develop an idea for an evening program. In addition to the typical activities, the students publish a weekly newspaper, choose and perform a mid-summer theatrical production, experience a 3-4 day overnight hike away from campus, enjoy an all-day arts event, attend a concert or opera and participate in traditional program celebrations.

Among the highlights of this program is the opportunity to meet and come to know teenagers from 15 different states in the U.S. and 28 different nations of the world. Program participants sleep in tents with three to four others and take all their meals at the same time. Tent and dining hall table assignments change regularly to maximize the opportunity for participants to get to know one another. As remarkable as their cultural, experiential and geographical differences are, even more striking is how similar are their family values, love of learning and adolescent experiences and interests.
Program alumni report that they learn, at Rising Sun, that they are capable of implementing their ideas and making a difference in their communities. They value most the connections they make with their fellow program participants and form friendships that endure for decades.

Lungile Msomi, Oarabile Ndlovu and Tefo Matlhabegoane were stellar program participants who, we predict, will take the lessons from the Rising Sun program and have an impact in school, college and beyond as leaders, thinkers and agents of positive change.

Judith R. Fox, Executive Director
Telephone: 1-646-678-2557



Pre-Departure Session and Yearly Reunion

salumni.jpgAll invited to attend and participate in the Pre-Departure seminar this year on the Saturday the 5th of June at Holy Trinity High School. Time will be 9 am to 12 pm.

This year is a special year as, we will be having four campers from South Africa attending Camp Rising Sun instead of the Usual two, please come and support our new members as they take this journey to CRS, let us give them a wonderful send off.
Please again as per the usual bring something to share with others, snacks drinks etc.
Come reconnect with other alumni, share your experience during and after your programs.

Pre-Departure Meetup 2009

The IGRISE predeparture meeting will be held on Saturday the 20th of June at 1 pm. We will be wishing the new UK learners good luck on their journey.

Date: 20th June 2009
Time: 12:30 pm for 1 pm
Venue: University of Pretoria – Hatfield
Building: Natural Sciences 1, level 5, room 5-31

The agenda will be sent soon. Jeanette Maserumule will be running the agenda on that day.


1. Please RSVP and remember we normally try to all bring something to share with others.

2. Because its a new venue we will probably meet at the Hatfield McDonalds before so that we can all congregate before entering the campus.

Welcome All

Welcome All

To the IGRISE email group. Some have been members for years and some are new. To all though I am the gate keeper(logistics). If any information about you is incorrect please email me. This will allow us to always have the most recent and correct information about you.

Some House Work First:

  1. The email group website is:
  2. If you want to send email to everyone in the group send to:
  3. The official IGRISE website is at
  4. The development website is at (as soon as it is finished the website will then be the official one)

Alumni List

I am again trying to get all the beings and doings of all alumni including where you mainly reside. So for example for me it would be Vukosi Marivate, Student(4th), Information Engineering, Wits University, Johannesburg, (and any other information you would like to add). This helps the alumni know each other and who to turn to for advice on certain subjects that you might be better equiped. Thus it would be greatly appreciated if you emailed This will change in the future as the website is finished.

Alumni Pictures

As disscussed earlier this year it would be great for alumni to send recent pictures of themselves for the new website. So if you have a pic please send. You be the director. You just send something you would be happy with!

Hope that was not too long. A few more alumni will be added in the next week as their information is fished out from some applications!

or b4 i forget pls FACEBOOK!


Welcome to the IGRISE South Africa website.IGRISE stands for Its Good to Read International Student Exchange. It is an orginisation that was started by Mr Itumeleng Malebye. It encourages reading and also has a number of student exchange programs setup. These programmes anually take selected learners to Australia and the United States of America. To find out more information about the programs go to the links above.