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International Studies: Kenya|UWC Study Abroad

Summer 2015 Learning Through Service

Construct a Classroom at Hillside - Karati School

The goal for the 2015 Kenya service learning study abroad course is to allow learners to learn by doing. Thus, in addition to using primary resources to explore Kenya’s history, geography, cultures, languages (Kiswahili), economy, education, archeology, ecology, paleontology and zoology, geopolitical, ethnic, gender issues, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, learners will participate in a service learning project at Hillside-Karati Elementary School in central Kenya. After seeing the need for desks, a participant in the 2013 summer program fundraised to purchase more than 100 desks. UW-Casper faculty Lydiah Nganga and John Kambutu delivered these desks in the summer of 2014. The 2015 program is intended to support Karati school further by constructing a new classroom. After seeing the rundown classrooms at the school, Gail and Kaycee, participants of the 2013 service learning program in Kenya, decided to help. While constructing the classroom, participants will interact with teachers and students. They will also visit Mburu Gichua elementary school in Nakuru and the Hillside Water project, the sites for the 2011 and 2013 service learning projects respectively. Finally, participants will travel to Maasai Mara, an extension of the Serengeti plains, and one of the most visited national parks in Africa. At the park, learners will study environmental issues and see how wildlife interacts with the local people, the Maasai. During the course, learners will reflect in writing and orally about the similarities and differences between America and Kenya. They will also examine ways in which the course will have influenced them as citizens of a “globalized” world. 


Rundown classroom at Hillside-Karati Elementary School


Offered in Summer 2015, "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 Hillside - Karati Elementary School, where you will help to replace rundown classrooms
  • compare and contrast Kenya and the U.S., especially in the contexts of history, geography, education, and cultural practices
  • study Kenya's environmental issues including fauna and flora
  • examine geopolitical and gender issues in Kenya, especially the roles of African women
  • familiarize yourself with issues related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya
  • develop conceptual frameworks to guide citizenly in a world that is increasingly becoming a "Global Village"
  • learn about Kenyan culture through visits to local communities and safari

For specifics, preview the course syllabus.

Date of Travel: May 31 - June 11 (Itinerary is subject to change)

Note: Class meetings will be held before and after travel.

Estimated Costs:  Program $2,445; Nonrefundable deposit of $500 due by February 1; Payment due dates and conditions are now available

Note: Cost does not include UW tuition and fees, entry visas, vaccinations, airfare, tips/gratuities, Crescent Island excursion, and personal expenses.

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.

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 May 31-June 11 Kenya Program), or bring to the UWC Student Services Office, Union/University Building 435.

Limited to 12 participants

Lydiah Nganga, Ph.D.  (307) 268-3042


UW constantly monitors the safety and security conditions on the ground in locations where field courses travel. If conditions warrant, the university will cancel UW-related travel to areas of heightened risk. 

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

If you would like more information on past projects, or cannot travel to Kenya but would like to make a donation, visit the Summer 2015 Service Learning Website.

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