Thursday, January 16, 2014

Development Internships Abroad

We at the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) are writing to inform you of our final deadline, March 1, 2014.  There are still spots available for students to participate in this unique, credit-bearing, and experiential-learning study abroad program. 

We hope that you will share with your students and student groups a reminder of the GESI program and deadline.

 Want to intern, volunteer, or study abroad this summer?  How about all three?  Participate in the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) Summer 2014 for an experience unlike any other.


GESI combines a study abroad experience in one of six developing countries with hands-on partnerships with locally communities and organizations.  Work and live in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, or Uganda. 


Teams collaborate with the community on life saving, and life changing projects that truly make a difference.   From microfinance ventures to health education, social entrepreneurship to increasing the environmental sustainability of a community, GESI projects have a wide range of impact:


GESI South Africa 2013

The team worked with community partners to establish a sand-selling business to local brick-makers to help generate community income.  The team worked with local stakeholders to legitimize their ownership of a large untapped resource of sand, which is often used for construction.  After working with multiple area leaders to gain permission, partner-building, and the generation of a business plan, the area established its sand selling and brick-business.    


Join us for GESI Summer 2014 for a life changing adventure.  For more information go to the GESI website, or contact a staff member at or 847.491.5932Final deadline is March 1, 2014, but please apply early, as spaces will fill.

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