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International Studies: Kenya|UWC Study Abroad

Updated Course Information

Summer 2014 Learning Through Service

With a population of more than 13,000 people and 5, 000 households, Kiandutu Slum is among the largest informal settlements in Kenya located outside the city of Nairobi. It lies within the city of Thika, about 50 kilometers north of Nairobi. The slum has little or no municipal services and poor infrastructure. Waste management is almost non-existent, with garbage deposits scattered all over the settlement. There are no paved roads, and settlements are in pathetic conditions.  As a participant in this service learning project, you will join with a local organization called Mothers on boy-child initiative (MOBI) for cleaning the environment and planting trees within the slums. MOBI is currently running a program in local primary schools dubbed "keep the boy-child in school" in an effort to prevent them from joining criminal gangs.

Students cleaning a pile of trash at Viwandani Slums


Offered in Summer 2014, "International Studies: Kenya" can be taken as a credit or non-credit course.
You can earn 1 - 3 undergraduate or graduate credit hours.


Travel to Kenya, where you will

  • participate in a service learning project at Kiandutu Slum, where you will assist local leaders and youth in an environmental clean-up
  • learn about gender roles and cultural socialization at Hillside community, site of the 2013 UW/CC Hillside Kenya Water Project
  • participate in cultural and educational activities at Mburu Gichua School, site of the 2011 Service Learning Kitchen Project
  • learn about Kenyan culture through visits to local communities and safari

For specifics, preview the course syllabus.

Date of Travel: June 5 - 15, 2014 (Itinerary is subject to change)

Estimated costs:  Program ($2,300), Roundtrip airfare ($2,100), Other: tuition & fees, passport, visa ($800), pocket money (at discretion)

Financial Assistance:
UW and UWC students may qualify for up to $1,000 through the Cheney Travel Abroad Scholarship. Other departmental and program specific scholarships may be available. Please consult the office of financial aid for more information. UWC students may also qualify for the Rocky Mountain Power Education Enhancement Grant.

Payment Schedule:

  • February 21st                  $500 deposit due…to reserve seat (12 participants max. on first-come first-serve basis). Deposit nonrefundable when the program has six minimum confirmed participants
  • March/April                      Purchase air tickets      
  • April 5th                             Initial 50% of program fee due; Second teleconference meeting (based on need)
  • May 15th                             Final 50% of program fee due

How to Pay:
To pay with credit card, call (307) 268-2713. To pay by check, mail to University of Wyoming at Casper, 125 College Drive, Casper, WY 82601 (attention June 5-15 Kenya Program), or bring to the UWC Student Services Office, Union/University Building 435.

Limited to 12 participants

Lydiah Nganga  (307) 268-3042


John Kambutu and Lydiah Nganga have been directing service projects in Kenya since 2004.

Like the participants of past programs, you can make an impact.

Past service learning programs in Kenya

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