This project allows you to enter into a dialogue with a student or junior researcher from the "Global North" or the "Global South". It results in an enriching encounter with someone from a different cultural background who shares a same concern.

The participating countries are Belgium, DR Congo, India, Morocco and Nicaragua.

You choose a topic to write about, linked to sustainable development. We will then find a pen friend for you and will put you on the way for the correspondence. The most inspiring correspondences are published on a blog of University of Antwerp!

The call for participants is currently closed. We will open a new call in May 2021.

How it works

You apply online (currently closed) and wait for your pen friend to be announced. You will first have the opportunity to get to know your pen friend in an informal way (mail, chat, video call, …). This will be followed by the formal correspondence which should have the intention to be published on the blog. A coach will be assigned to you to help you in this process.

You write to your pen friend as you write a letter, starting with "Dear XXX". You express a sincere interest in the correspondent's reply. The project consists of four rounds:

  1.          Round 1: Participant X starts the correspondence with an analysis/opinion on the submitted topic (700 to 1.000 words)
  2.          Round 2: Participant Y replies with his/her own analysis/opinion from his/her own perspective on the topic (700 to 1.000 words)
  3.          Round 3: Participant X replies (200 to 500 words)
  4.          Round 4: Participant Y replies for the second time (200 to 500 words)

Visit our blog to see the already published correspondences