Bolivia is home to the Andes Mountains, Amazonian rainforests, and Lake Titicaca. Despite its economic potential, Bolivia is the poorest country in South America due to corruption and the exploitation of resources by foreign investors. GESI students work in and around the city of Cochabamba, the third largest city in Bolivia in a valley nearly 9,000 feet above sea level. Cochabamba is home to La Cancha - the largest open-air market in South America. The city’s vibrant grassroots political community and strong indigenous culture make this site perfect for students interested in cementing their Spanish skills while working in multiethnic settings.
Kakamega - Bungoma Road, Kenya
With seventy-five percent of the workforce engaged in agriculture, Kenyan farmers face growing problems of soil erosion, deforestation, water pollution, and desertification. Students interested in understanding connections between local people and their environment will find this a perfect location to work with citizens and NGOs to do community development.
Unnamed Road, South Africa
The South Africa program differs from other GESI sites in that it has a distinct thematic focus on social entrepreneurship and requires total immersion in remote communities. Students collaborate with local people to understand their strengths and assets, and then together the groups discover and develop opportunities for new socially-driven businesses and initiatives.