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.
Kiira Road, Jinja, Uganda
Jinja is relatively small, making most places accessible by foot or by bicycle. Citizens face challenges ranging from poverty to climate change - GESI participants will have the exciting opportunity to work alongside Ugandan-led NGOs focusing on these and a host of development issues.
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.