Program Details

This course will provide students with the opportunity to engage in local Kenyan communities to conduct service learning projects. The course aims to encourage student interaction with communities within Kenya with daunting needs to address in the areas o
Location:
Nairobi, Kenya
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Global Education Office and the VCU Academic Scholars Program in Real Environments (ASPIRE) are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for students to engage with urban and rural communities in Kenya to conduct service projects for schools, women and children's shelters, and environmental agencies. This program allows students to develop their intercultural competency through working with students, educators, and parents from diverse backgrounds. Nairobi, Kenya 3 credits in Special Topics in Community Studies July 20 - August 4, 2013 Mary L. Slade, PhD $4,500 (includes airfare) + tuition

This course will provide students with the opportunity to engage in local Kenyan communities to conduct service learning projects. The course aims to encourage student interaction with communities within Kenya with daunting needs to address in the areas of youth, poverty, health, environmental studies, women studies, and education. This program will give students in any academic area the ability to gain practical, real-world experience in community engagement while applying discipline-specific knowledge and skills. Students will practice community engagement through partnerships with educational agencies, non-profit ecological agencies, and private and public schools. This service learning opportunity allows for more challenging community needs and issues needing resolution, and subsequently, opportunities for greater problem-solving and application of community engagement practices.

Setting Description:
While in Nairobi, the residence is at a convent and orphanage. While in Lake Navasha we will stay in a lodge during the safari portion of the trip. In order for participants to experience some of the most spectacular geographical and environmental treasures of Kenya, side excursions have been established. Participants will visit the Tea Room, City Market in Nairobi, Elephant Orphans, the Giraffe Park, Masaii Mara National Park Safari, Lake Navasha, and Hell's Gate. Local vans and drivers will transport students and faculty throughout the destinations across Kenya. This program will be directed by Dr. Mary Slade, the Executive Director of VCU ASPiRE. She has led many service learning trips.
Cost:
The program fee is $4,500 and includes the following: Accommodations Food International Airfare Study visits and tours Ground transportation On-site Program Director support Pre-departure orientation International Student Identity Card VCU administrative fees Application deposit The following are not included in the program fee. Students are responsible for: VCU Tuition VISA fee Required Shot and Medication Passport application fee Personal expenses during the program estimated at $200

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