Service Learning and Multiculturalism in Uganda
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The Service Learning and Multiculturalism in Uganda study abroad program will include activities for undergraduate and graduate students that focus on developing interdisciplinary learning while providing invaluable intercultural experience opportunities. Through a focus on fostering relationships with faculty and students from Bishop Willis Core Primary Teachers College and the African SOUP School, as well as interaction with local environmental, educational and cultural organizations, students will have a unique opportunity to gain new understandings through experiences in Ugandan urban, rural and natural settings. Visits to Makerere University, the Centre for the Blind, schools, national parks, and businesses will allow students to explore connections between culture, education, ecotourism and the environment.
Participants will stay in a double-occupancy hotel located in Entebbe. Upon arrival to Kampala, students will stay at the hotel located on the grounds of Makerere University. While working with Bishop Willis Core PTC and the African SOUP School students will stay at a hotel located in Iganga. During travels to national parks, micro-enterprise businesses and schools, accommodations may vary but every effort will be made to make sure your stay is safe and comfortable.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
Credits & Courses
Participants who successfully complete the program’s ECEE 4700 ECEE 8000 courses will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for ECEE 4700 and graduate students should register for ECEE 8000. Students may also have the opportunity to register for EPY course credit. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,200.00, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees.
Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes
Program Cost Does Not Include
- Round-trip airfare
- All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
- Breakfast and dinner meals
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
February 15, 2018: $600 deposit due
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
- Transportation to and from the Atlanta Airport
March 15, 2018: $1600 payment
April 3, 2018: Program cost charged to student account
May 10, 2018: $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees. GSU scholarships applied to student accounts on the same day.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Program Deposit Payments:
Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS. Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance:
Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
Funding & Scholarship Info
Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship
or the Global Experience Scholarship
. Visit http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad
or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.
Students interested in applying should select 'Apply Now' and begin an online application. Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
- Transient Students: please see our How to Apply section under the Prospective Students tab.
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Day 1 and 2: Travel to Uganda, stay at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Lodge in Entebbe.
Day 3: Travel to Kampala, Activities: Orientation to Makerere University.
Learning Objectives: Discussion on the role of education, ecotourism and art and design within contemporary society. Dinner at the Ndere Centre.
Day 4: Activities: Field visits to: Uganda Crafts 2000 Ltd, the Uganda Museum, Kyambogo University. Learning Objectives: Gain insight into traditional forms of cultural arts. Work with Professor Kimani Muturi to learn about ways the banana plant is being explored in various textile and industrial production.
Day 5: Travel to Iganga, Activities: Orientation to Bishop Willis Core PTC. Work with local community schools. Learning Objectives: Discuss issues within community on education, cultural arts, and the environment. Develop plan for service learning activities with Ugandan teachers while in Iganga and Jinja.
Day 6-8: Activities: We will have educational interaction involving local schools, and students and faculty from Bishop Willis Core PTC. Students will also have the opportunity to work with teachers and students at the Centre for the Blind. Learning Objectives: Observe schooling in eastern Uganda from elementary through teacher-training levels. Share cross-cultural experiences with teachers and students. Develop co-teaching/co-learning activities.
Day 9-10: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, Activities: Discussion of connections between cultural art, ecotourism and the environment. Discussion with park wardens on environmental issues related to the park. Scientific illustration of flora and fauna. Learning Objectives: Students will be aware of connections of micro-enterprise (producing tourist souvenirs), natural resource management (e.g., charismatic mega fauna), and ecotourism. Learn how to render proportional drawing while increasing their observation skills and attention to details. Cultural case study of Ankole people.
Day 11-12: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Activities: Discussion with Park Rangers about park conservation and micro-enterprise related to the park. Visit the bat cave in Maramagambo and evening study of salt mining around Lake Katwe. Learning Objectives: Elephant ecology, identification and management and the politics of the ivory trade and history of the park. Understand innovative ways to utilize natural resources for protected areas (e.g., apiculture and elephant management).
Day 13-14: Travel to Kibale National Park, Activities: Chimp trekking and Bigodi wetland walk to study the impact of tourism on environment. Study natural dye processes with artisans and community brewery micro-enterprise that uses ripe banana and sorghum.
Learning Objectives: Understand the process of fermentation. Be able to identify and draw plants used for natural dyes and the dyeing process.
If budget allows:
Day 15-17: Travel to Masindi via Hoima along the Albertine Rift, Activities: Visit Masindi Secondary School and Hope North School to see vocational training and community art and development projects. Discussion with park rangers on flora and fauna specific to Murchison.
Learning Objectives: Understand role of art to explore community issues to find solutions. Focus on amphibians and reptiles.
Day 15-16: Travel to Jinja, Activities: Study past effects and future plans for Mabira Forest and Bujagali Falls. Visit Brushfire Women’s group who make plaiting for a London based milliner. Learning Objective: Learn about micro-enterprise efforts (e.g. international connections) and energy needs.
Day 17: Travel to Kampala and prepare for return travel
Day 18: Depart Uganda for USA
Program Director Contact Information
Dr. David Wojnowski
| Office address
: CEHD 530 | Phone
: (404) 413-8020 | E-mail
Dr. E. Namisi Chilungu
| Office address
: CEHD 868 | Phone
: (404) 413-8316 | E-mail
Dr. Rhina Fernandes Williams
| Office address
: CEHD 590 | Phone
: (404) 413-8023 | E-mail: email@example.com