*This program has been canceled for summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.*
Newcomb Institute is offering students the opportunity to travel to Kenya for service learning credit in the summer of 2020. This is a culturally immersive program that provides students with first-hand international development experiences and leadership opportunities.
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Interested students should have completed some coursework in Africana Studies, Education, Social Work, Public Health, International Development, and/or SISE. Independent projects will be expected to relate to students’ academic program.
Cost* and Grants:
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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Newcomb In Kenya is a 3+ week summer mentored experiential learning and service opportunity in and around Nairobi, Kenya. Through Newcomb’s partnership with the organization Ngong Road Children’s Foundation (NRCF), students will have the opportunity to get experience participating in the work of an international NGO. Under the guidance of experienced Tulane faculty and staff, students will develop personal teaching and research goals to work towards in collaboration with the staff and students of NRCF. In doing so, students will contribute to NRCF’s mission of providing education and support to Nairobi children whose lives are affected by HIV.
OBJECTIVES FOR STUDENTS
Through the pre-departure orientations, students will discuss topics including Kenyan culture and politics, the landscape and impact of NGOs, and the ethics of tourism and international service. During these orientations, students will also be asked to reflect on how their previous knowledge and experience can best be leveraged in service of NRCF’s programs, mission, and needs. Then, students will design 1-2 teaching sessions on a topic or skill of their choice for camp (leadership, seniors [high school], and primary [elementary school]). Additionally, students may choose a mini-independent project to collaborate on with NRCF students and staff during camp.
During the first few days after arriving to the program, students will become acquainted with the work and staff of NRCF at the local office. They will visit important sites in Nairobi, including markets, museums, national monuments, and a nearby national park. Students will also meet with local professionals who will discuss their career or activist work—an excellent networking opportunity for students who may aspire to eventually work abroad.
During camp, students will lead sessions with students and support NRCF’s staff with other camp activities. Students will stay in dorms with NRCF students, providing an important opportunity for cultural exchange through building lasting relationships.
WHY NGONG ROAD CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION?
Ngong Road Children’s Foundation (NRCF) is a non-profit organization in Nairobi that provides funding for education, safety and well-being services, and a supportive community for children whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS. Most of the population they serve live in the Dagoretti area of Nairobi, which is home to very low-income families and is primarily informal housing.
NRCF’s activities are enabled by the generous support of their U.S.- based sister organization, Friends of Ngong Road (FoNR), which pairs individual students with sponsors, as well as raises funds for specific programs, such as NRCF’s sexual and reproductive health education program. A major strength of NRCF is that the team in Nairobi is entirely composed of Kenyan nationals, including case workers and program managers with experience in education, information technology, and community development.
NRCF has achieved major successes over the last two decades of operation serving over 400 students. By the numbers:
Tulane has a close working relationship with NRCF’s work. NRCF’s work merits our support and provides excellent learning opportunities for student volunteers.
WHO IS THE IDEAL PARTICIPANT?
Interested students should have completed some coursework in Africana Studies, Social Work, Public Health, International Development, and/or SISE and Education. In the application, students will be asked to reflect on why they are a qualified applicant and what skills or knowledge they have to offer. Independent projects will be expected to relate to students’ academic program. Ideal candidates are critical thinkers and are willing to engage in intellectual discussions about all aspects of their activities and experience during the program. Interested in Peace Corps, Fulbright, or other long-term international research or service opportunity? This program is a great way to experience what those opportunities might be like and gain experience in an international setting before applying.