Famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and diverse ecosystems, the Dominican Republic has a history that includes cruel dictators, three centuries of colonial rule, and devastation wrought by hurricanes. Although the nation boasts a booming tourist industry and has the second largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American regions, communities struggle with environmental degradation, unemployment, corruption, and infrastructural challenges. With a focus on social entrepreneurship, GESI students will participate in grassroots development by partnering with Dominican communities to create first-time access to life-changing technologies, products, and services for rural communities through locally-owned, managed, and profitable entrepreneurial solutions.
Major District Road 5, Ten Desar, Rajasthan 331518, India
Despite significant growth in India’s national economy and its mounting presence on the world stage, an astounding 80 percent of India’s citizens live on less than two dollars per day. Udaipur is an ideal setting for GESI students to collaborate with local organizations who work with populations mired in poverty yet determined for a brighter future.
Luis Zegarra, Cochabamba, Bolivia
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.