Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Community Development Abroad

Greetings from Northwestern University!

I am writing to introduce you to the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI). GESI provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to make a positive impact on communities abroad, while earning Northwestern course credit. We’ve hosted and trained nearly 200 students from universities across the country over the past five years, and we hope that you will consider sharing this opportunity with undergraduates at your institution. 

Here are the GESI basics:

What: GESI participants implement a community development project while working in small interdisciplinary teams abroad. All students receive academic training in theories and tools of community development, as well as team dynamics and leadership.

Who: Any undergraduate or recent graduate seeking hands-on development field experience paired with comprehensive academic preparation and reflection.

Where: Bolivia, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, or Uganda.

When: June 15 - August 20, 2012.

Why: So many reasons!

•  Meaningful cultural immersion through homestays and work at community-based organizations
•  Northwestern course credits
•  On-the-ground professional experience in public health, education, environment, economic development, social entrepreneurship, and more
•  Lifelong friendships with passionate students from around the country

How: Complete our three-step application process online.

If you would like to learn more about the program or receive brochures to share with students, please contact me by responding to this email. I would be delighted to speak with you in greater detail over the phone if your schedule allows. Our website,, also contains a wealth of information.

I’ve attached a flyer that can be forwarded to interested students. Thank you in advance for your help.


PS - If this email was an unwanted intrusion, please send me a message to that effect and I will refrain from contacting you in the future.

Meghan Ozaroski
Center for Global Engagement at
Buffett Center for International & Comparative Studies
Northwestern University
620 Library Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Twitter: @CGE_NU

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