Community and International Development in East Africa
Program Leader: Professor Esther Lamidi
UCCS, in collaboration with the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), is offering undergraduate and graduate UCCS students 3 credits to travel to Uganda and Rwanda and experience international development through sustainable agriculture and public health during Summer 2021. Students will meet with local leaders and community organizations and learn how communities in Uganda and Rwanda mobilize local resources to chart new development paths. As a student, you will have the opportunity to grow from the powerful mutual impact of cultural interchange and discover new perspectives on globalization and the complexities of international development.
Course and Credit Information
Undergraduate or Graduate Credit towards Summer 2021: 3 credits of GES 4700 (Geographic Issues) or SOC 4450/5450 (Global Field Experience) or PAD 6600 (Special Topics in Public Admin)
Dates and Itinerary
The dates of the trip are May 22 to June 4, 2021. Participants will depart their local U.S. point of departure on May 22, arriving in Kampala, Uganda the next day. On the return, participants will depart Africa from Kigali, Rwanda on June 3, arriving in the U.S. the next day.
May 22: Departure from the U.S. to Kampala, Uganda
May 23: Arrive in Kampala (afternoon/evening arrival preferred), transfer to Kampala Guest House
May 24: Orientation Session, currency exchange, meeting with Katanga Slum Community Leadership, visit Thread of Life, group lunch, free afternoon at Guest House, evening debrief, group dinner
May 25: Walking tour of Old Kampala, visit to National Mosque, group lunch, free afternoon at Guest House, evening debrief, group dinner
May 26: Lecture at Guest House, visit GLI office space at DesignHub, visit Makerere University and meet with students, group lunch, boat tour on Lake Victoria (optional), group dinner
May 27: Free day to explore Kampala, group roundtable discussion and dinner with Ugandan community leader(s)
May 28: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, stop at Equator en route, group lunch, boat transfer to Entusi Resort and Retreat Center, group dinner with Women's Association performance
May 29: Hike and visit to Entusi staff member's village, group lunch, visit Entusi Model Farm & Basketball Court, group dinner
May 30: Visit to traditional healer, group lunch, free afternoon around lake, group dinner
May 31: Excursion to Kabale Town, visit Kabale University and meet with students, visit Kabale Recycling Center, explore football stadiums and markets, group dinner
June 1: Free morning on the lake, group lunch, transfer to Rwanda with border crossing at Katuna, lecture on colonialism and Rwandan Genocide, group dinner
June 2: Visit to Nyamata Church Memorial Center, visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, group lunch, free afternoon, group dinner
June 3: Free day to explore Kigali, afternoon/evening transfers to airport, departure from Kigali, Rwanda to U.S. (any departure time is fine)
June 4: Arrive back in U.S.
Take a look at GLI's orientation packet for more details on lodging, transportation, currency exchange, travel safety, and more.
Cost and Payment Information
Estimated Total Program Cost: $3,810 to $4,310
A $350 non-refundable program deposit is due by March 19, 2021.
The $1,780 program fee is due to GLI by April 15, 2021.
The estimated total program cost breaks down as follows:
- $350 non-refundable program deposit (due by March 19, 2021)
- $50 International Affairs non-refundable Education Abroad registration fee (due April 15, 2021)
- $1780 program fee (due to GLI by April 15, 2021 -- email firstname.lastname@example.org for payment details and see below for more information on what's included)
- $1500 to $2000 for flights (estimated)
- $30 for medical travel insurance (estimated)
- $100 visa fee
Included in the GLI program fee are the following items:
- Most meals (7 lunches & 10 dinners; see above itinerary for more details)
- Housing (breakfast included with housing)
- Local transportation
- Entrance fees for field trips/visits
included in the program fee are round-trip international airfare, personal expenses and spending money, costs for immunizations, visa fees, and medical travel insurance.
Students will need to apply for a visa and pay the associated fees individually.
**Please note that students seeking credit will be billed tuition on their UCCS account at their regular student rate for the Summer 2021 session.**
Participants will be housed in Global Livingston Institute housing (Kampala Guest House) or reputable hotels/retreat centers. Participants can expect modern/high quality amenities in all housing locations. Group breakfasts will be provided.
Passports and Immigration
All participants need to have a valid passport to participate in this program. The passport needs to be valid at least 6 months after the anticipated departure from Rwanda. Participants holding a U.S. Passport will also be required to obtain a visa for entrance to Uganda and Rwanda for this program, at a cost of $100. Those who do not hold a U.S. Passport should check with the closest Ugandan or Rwandan embassy or consulate for the country they hold their passport from for their own entry requirements. More information will be available to participants once their participation is confirmed.
Information on how to obtain a U.S. Passport
can be found on our website.
Health and Safety
Health and safety are paramount to a successful experience studying abroad. We encourage students to research health and safety considerations of the destination they wish to travel to. The U.S. Department of State (DOS)
and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
provide up to date and comprehensive information about health and safety abroad. Please visit their websites to find more information.
In order to participate in this program, certain health considerations must also be taken into account.
- Yellow Fever -- participants will be required to obtain a yellow fever vaccine and card prior to departure in order to obtain a visa and be allowed entrance to Uganda. This can be obtained for Colorado Springs residents through the El Paso County Health Department.
Recommended Immunizations and Preventive Medications:
- Antimalarial medication -- malaria is a serious but preventable infection. It is strongly recommended you consider the use of antimalarial medications, like atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine, for participation on this program.
- MMR (measles-mumps-rubella)
- DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis)
- Hepatitus A
- Hepatitus B
- Meningococcal (meningitis)
All students are encouraged to visit the Centers for Disease Control website for a complete list of CDC recommended shots for Uganda