Program Details

-3 Phases of the Curriculum include Immersion, Inspiration and Innovation. -Live in a Homestay and learn what it is like to live at the Base of the Pyramid. -Conduct intensive qualitative research to uncover local culture and assets. -Partner with commun
Location:
Nelspruit, South Africa
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
ThinkImpact’s Innovation Institute is a full-immersion experiential learning program in rural Africa, rooted in philosophies of asset-based community development and design-thinking. Over the course of a summer, American students – known on the Institute as “scholars” – live in rural communities, learning about social entrepreneurship and innovation through intensive qualitative research and exploration. The Institute is based largely on values of empathy, curiosity and open-mindedness, and relies on strong cross-cultural relationships to unleash the potential for social innovation. Ultimately, scholars and community members prototype social products and services that may be sold through social businesses, which are managed and sustained locally. Through the interaction with scholars and curriculum, community members are able to shift their mindsets, moving from a self-identity of dependence and deficiencies to one of innovative, self-sufficient entrepreneurs.

-3 Phases of the Curriculum include Immersion, Inspiration and Innovation. -Live in a Homestay and learn what it is like to live at the Base of the Pyramid. -Conduct intensive qualitative research to uncover local culture and assets. -Partner with community members to brainstorm new solutions to existing challenges. -Learn the local language and practice with your homestay. -Experience South Africa's wonder and beauty on excursions. -Prototype new products and services that solve identified challenges. -Launch ideas in the real world and become a social entrepreneur. -Earn up to three units of university credit. -Join ThinkImpact's alumni network.

Setting Description:
The Innovation Institute takes place in rural communities in the Mpumalanga Province in South Africa.
Cost:
Program cost is $4,550 + International Airfare. Program Cost Includes: -Meals, Transport and Lodging In Country -1 Included Excursion -Innovator Kit and Materials -ThinkImpact In Country Staff -Pre- Trip Online Course and Resource Library Program Cost Does Not Include: -2 Optional Excursions -Pre-Departure Costs (including Vaccinations and Visas)

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