GESI is a unique credit-bearing internship and study abroad program that combines experiential learning, cultural immersion, rigorous academics, and international work experience at dynamic, community-based NGOs. International Development and Communicatio
- Cochabamba, Bolivia
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
- The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) is a study abroad? program that provides undergraduates with the ?knowledge, tools, and experiences to confront? shared global challenges. Through service-learning? in Bolivia teams of students join the efforts of local organizations to advance? community-driven change.
At the very source of the Nile River, Jinja, Uganda is recognized as one of the most beautiful places on earth. The region is a popular destination for travelers due to its stunning landscapes and proximity to several major tourist attractions including Bujagali Falls and Mount Elgon.
GESI is a unique credit-bearing internship and study abroad program that combines experiential learning, cultural immersion, rigorous academics, and international work experience at dynamic, community-based NGOs. International Development and Communication Studies courses are offered during the GESI pre departure orientation on Northwestern University's campus. Taught by two professionals in the international development context, the courses provide unique insight and fresh perspective on global development to prepare students for their internships.
Comprehensive preparation and education; Immersion and experiential learning; Impact-driven partnerships; Group work and a diversity of perspectives; Sustainable asset-based development; Student-centered, multi-tiered support.
- Setting Description:
- Immersion and internship: GESI continues with a seven-week internship at a community-based nonprofit where small teams of 4-5 students work with community members and their host NGO to design and implement a small scale development project. GESI students implement solutions that build upon the strengths of local communities, and their worldviews are transformed as they learn to leverage the strengths—rather than focus on the weaknesses—of the communities in which they live and work.
- $7,840. Fee includes tuition for 2 Northwestern courses; Lodging, food, and transport during pre-departure and final summits in Chicago; In-country programming, orientation upon arrival, language instruction, and transportation stipend for travel to and from work; Homestay in-country with 3 meals per day.