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  • Locations: Kampala, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Director:
Blanchong, Julie, Brumm, Tom, Duerfeldt, Kevin, Masinde, Dorothy, Nonnecke, Gail, Schultz, Richard Language of Instruction: English
Online Course Catalog Available: No
Iowa State
ISU Course:
GLOBE 494x
Program Description:


Informational Meeting:
Tuesday , October 25th at 5.00 pm in Science II,  Room 333

Program overview
: This service learning internship allows Iowa State students to work in Uganda developing a school garden for an elementary school in Kamuli District. This project is in partnership with the College of Agriculture & LIfe Sciences' Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Program (CSRL) and Makerere University. Students will develop the garden and work with the teachers in grades 1 through 7 to deliver curriculum in agriculture, science and nutrition using the garden. Students will also participate in one or more binational team projects that support the overall goals of the school gardens program. ISU students will work with CSRL staff in Uganda, and with students and faculty from Makerere University in Kampala. Students will spend the spring semester researching Uganda, school gardens and development models and will work with Makerere University students currently at ISU and also those who will be part of their team via email and Skype to develop their team projects, then will travel to Uganda to work with the school and implement their projects. During fall semester, when back on the ISU campus, students will complete their reports and present their final reports to partners, donors and stakeholders, and participate in the Borlaug Lecture poster session as part of the World Food Prize.

Dates of travel: Expected: approx. June 3 - July 19, 2017; Students will meet 2 hours/week for the full spring 2017 semester for pre-departure orientation.

Courses: GLOBE 495 (1 credit), Spring semester; GLOBE 494A, Section UG (4 credits), Summer session; GLOBE 490Z, Section UG (1 credit) Fall semester.  Once students have been selected, and have committed to the program, they will receive information regarding course registration.

Group leader: Dr. Gail Nonnecke, ; Dr. Dick Schultz, ; Dr. Tom Brumm, ; Dr. Dorothy Masinde, ; Dr. Julie Blanchong; Dr. Kevin Duerfeldt (;

Program Fee - $1,700.  Yes! You read correctly – only $1,700, (includes all program expenses including airfare, lodging, all in-country transportation, meals, emergency travelers insurance, and instruction) .

Out of Pocket Expenses - 1) passport which costs $135 if you don't already have one. 2)  immunizations (varies based on what you already have) could range from $100 - $800. 3) visa, paid upon arrival at the Entebbe airport, $100. 4) spending money such as a handful of meals, souvenirs, calling cards, etc. Estimate $100/week, and 5) $10 application fee.

Tuition and Fees for four ISU credits - ISU tuition estimated at $1144 + ISU fees of $226, plus $105 study abroad administrative fee charged by the university-wide Study Abroad Center.
Program fee, tuition and fees, and the $105 administrative fee will be applied directly to your U-bill in April 2017.

Program prerequisites: Students are required to have previous experience developing and completing an independent project.
Preference will be given to students who:
-are majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
-are not graduating seniors since they will be required to summarize and report about their program experiences in the upcoming academic year, especially fall semester, and
-demonstrate potential for capabilities while in Uganda.

Funds provided by donors to support this program are intended primarily for students majoring in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).  All Iowa State University undergraduate students are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students majoring in CALS.

Criteria for selection (skills and additional requirements): Students must be in good academic standing. Students must be able to tolerate a variety of living conditions including but not limited to limited access to running water and electricity, heat and humidity, physical labor of working in a garden or agricultural field, and working with people of diverse backgrounds to create a productive team.

Due to the nature of the project and the fact that students will be working directly with primary school students, a background check will be required of all applicants and acceptance to the program is conditional upon approval from this background check.

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Travel itinerary:

The group will fly into Entebbe, spend two to three days in the capital Kampala, or elsewhere, meeting their partners from Makerere University and participating in orientation.

On day four, the students will travel from Kampala to the Kamuli District (about three hours north of the capital). The students will spend the next approx. three weeks living in rural Kamuli District, spending each day working on their internship projects and working at the schools in the school gardens and teaching agriculture, nutrition or science classes under direction of the local teachers. Daily activities will vary as each student has different projects. There will be planned group excursions during a weekend(s).

The final four days of the program, students will return to Kampala for a debriefing and wrap-up session before leaving Uganda which includes a presentation at Makerere University.

What is the history of the program?

It has been held every year since 2006 and was developed in 2005. We have a strong relationship with the ISU, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods that has significant programming in Uganda. Faculty and students from Makerere University in Uganda are part of our team, as are members of the Iowa State University - Uganda Program.

When does the course meet?

GLOBE 495 will meet one time per week for a 2-hour session in spring semester. The course day and time are selected to fit all students' schedules; previous classes have met on weekdays from 5-7 pm or 6-8 pm. The 494 course will meet during the summer session in Uganda for about 6 weeks. The Fall 490 course will meet in fall semester for about 1.5 hours/week.

What are some basic details about the course's trip to Uganda?

• Travel dates are the first or second week in June through the second week in July (~6 weeks). The exact dates will be determined in spring semester based on Makerere University's spring semester schedule and the term period for the elementary schools.

• Our bi-national group lives and works in a rural district – the Kamuli District, in Uganda. Typically, we live in a "compound" and the men live in one house and the women in another house.

• Our activities at local primary schools (elementary grades 1 – 7) include assisting in the teaching of agriculture subjects (and sometimes sanitation and health and science), developing and working in the school garden demonstration and food plots, and the completion of a bi-national team project, with findings that will benefit school children or the school garden program, with your team of ISU and Makerere University students. We usually work with pupils in grades 5 – 7.

• Possible visit to other regional districts to see improved rural livelihoods and agricultural operations of small- -scale farmers growing tropical crops (bananas, coffee, mangoes, avocado, pineapple, oranges, ornamentals, and vegetables), or producing livestock.

• A weekend excursion to a local site of interest – volcanic mountain region or a national wildlife park.

• Tour Makerere University, sites in the capital city of Kampala, cultural events .

For more information, please come to 0018 Curtiss Hall, email 

Important Note Regarding Missing classes: Please note that participation on some travel courses require you to be away from campus for some school days. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences tries to minimize the number of days missed for this purpose, but in some events, the inflexibility of the travel schedule prevents us from working completely within our breaks. Should you choose to enroll in a travel course that requires missing some class(es) on campus, you will need to contact your instructor directly to inquire whether or not arrangements can be made to make up this class work and/or exams. The CALS Study Abroad office can provide you with a letter explaining the dates of the trip. However, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor to determine the potential impact on your grade before signing up for a Study Abroad program. The instructor is responsible for determining the impact of any absence from class.

This program is currently not accepting applications.