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GIEU Uganda—Displacement and Rehabilitation in Uganda

  • Kampala
  • 3 credits for on-campus Winter course, field experience in Spring, group project Fall term
  • First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors
  • GPA 2.0
  • Homestay, Hotel
  • Instruction in English
  • No language prerequisite

Learn about displacement and rehabilitation of children and families in a remote rural setting on this GIEU program.

GIEUs (Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) are project-based service-learning programs. Earn 3 credits taking a semester-long pre-departure course on intercultural learning, conducting fieldwork abroad for 3–4 weeks during spring or summer, and completing a community education project in fall term with your cohort. Pell Grant recipients on GIEU programs automatically receive the GIEU Pell Scholarship to cover their entire program fee. All LSA students with demonstrated financial need—including Pell Grant recipients—are eligible for additional funding through the LSA Scholarships Office’s Global Experience Scholarship.

Interact with and contribute to the community by assisting children in a rural area of a developing country. You will be exposed to extreme poverty and will learn about the issues surrounding displacement and rehabilitation of young children, especially those with disability. Meet and exchange ideas with Ugandan students during a 3-day orientation in Kampala, then spend your remaining time in Uganda with a local family.

Your cohort will serve at the Village of Hope in a unique children’s home where you will interact with staff and residents in the community. Observe and experience how disabled children are viewed and how the disabled negotiate their environment in a developing country. You will also have the opportunity to visit heritage sites and natural wonders of Uganda.

The program is led and taught by Nyambura Mpesha of the department of Afroamerican and African Studies.