This study abroad program will be a service learning trip to Uganda over Spring Break 2019 focusing on agroforestry, education, nutrition and health, animal science and post harvest handling. ISU and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods have been invested in improving the food security and quality of life for people in the Kamuli District of Uganda for the last 14 years. This spring break study abroad program will offer students the opportunity to become familiar with the ISU programs and enable students to directly contribute to improving the quality of life of the people of Kamuli, particularly women and children. Students will spend several days working at primary schools and with local communities in the Kamuli District on agroforestry refurbishing a tree nursery and establishing woodlots, with mothers and children on nutrition and health at Nutrition Education Centers, with livestock farmers on feeding and housing, and with post harvest handling programs on food preservation and storage at schools. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park and visit the source of the Nile River.
Preference will be given to undergraduate students in GLOBE, NREM , HORT and CALS. You must be able to walk continuously for 3 miles on un-even terrain. You must be willing and able to live in basic conditions with minimal modern conveniences and no internet access. Must be in good academic standing.
NREM 496, 2 credits for Spring 2019
Dr. Richard Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
, Dorothy Masinde email@example.com
Approximately $3296.00 (includes airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, in-country support and supplies, entrance fees, most meals, CISI health and emergency insurance).
Out of Pocket:
$100 for a Ugandan visa upon arrival at the airport in Entebbe, Uganda, $150 for incidentals (snacks, souvenirs, a few meals on own); vaccinations/medications for travel to Uganda - cost varies regarding to personal needs and health insurance policy; $145 passport ; vaccines and preventative medicines $800.00
If you are an undergraduate student in the College of Ag and Life Sciences and are a first time international traveler and do not have a passport, contact Jodi at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Visha Arumugam at email@example.com
to find out how you can have the cost of your passport reimbursed.
There are scholarships available to apply for through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hall, scholarship application due November 1st, 2018 Application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the program application.
Other Scholarship resources
Office Of Students Financial Aid
Affording to go
Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships
Fund for Education Abroad
Travel dates: 14 March - 25 March 2019
14 Mar- Depart US, Des Moines airport
15 Mar- Arrive Uganda, spend night at Capitol Palace in Kampala
16 Mar- Queen Elizabeth National Park, wildlife viewing excursions
17 Mar- Queen Elizabeth National Park, wildlife viewing excursions
18 Mar- Depart Queen Elizabeth National Park, spend night in Kampala at Capitol Palace
19 Mar- Arrive in Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, introduction to ISU-UP staff and Kamuli area
20 Mar- Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, work at school to build tree nursery
21 Mar- Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, work at school to build tree nursery
22 Mar- Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, work with local farmers and livestock
23 Mar- Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, work at Nutrition Education Center
24 Mar- Depart Kamuli District, Stop in Jinja on way to airport to visit the source of the Nile, shop and site-see, Depart Uganda
25 Mar- Arrive back in US, Des Moines airport