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.
66, Dominican Republic
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.
NIC-7, Muelle de los Bueyes, Nicaragua
Though the region is well known for its volcanic features and beautiful lakes, residents of Ciudad Sandino experience poor infrastructure, low socioeconomic status, and few opportunities to improve their situation. Nicaragua is an exciting location for participants who desire to implement innovative approaches to participatory development in collaboration with local organizations.