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.
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.