Join a group of UW Oshkosh students and faculty leader Dr. Alfred Kisubi
as you come to learn about and appreciate a wide range of
natural resource, environmental, economic, health, educational, and cultural issues
in the East African Rift Valley area of Central Kenya.
This interdisciplinary, graduate study abroad seminar is designed to study the socio-cultural, economic, historical and geo-political implications of globalization in an African country. There is heavy emphasis upon concepts, issues, and trends in globalization. An analysis of the impact of globalization on the people and all social institutions of an African Country is an important part of the seminar. The core of the seminar is a lecture series given by experts in the fields of history, politics, geography, economics, development philosophies, social anthropology, and the arts and humanities. Lecturers are drawn from Egerton University (EU) Nakuru School District as well as from among practitioners in the many fields of development, including nongovernmental and private voluntary organization working and conducting research in the country.
Educational excursions to local historical, cultural, and development sites complement students’ 90 hours of class work. Sites to be visited may include some of the following: Primary and Secondary Schools at Christ the King Academy to practice Kiswahili, The HIV/AIDS Project, Street Children Program in the Nakuru Catholic Diocese, Lake Nakuru National Parks, Menengai Crater, the Nakuru Catholic Diocesan Peer Counseling, Water and health clinic programs, Lake Bogoria and Baringo hot springs and other tourist attractions.
Two weeks of Seminar are broken into modules in which students concentrate on their studies in some of the following areas: Development in Practice, Health Care, Education and Human Services, Information Technology, Culture and Environment, Trade and Investment, International Business, Agriculture and Food Security, Politics and Democracy, International Finance and Commerce all in terms of the effects of globalization on Kenya. The first of these weeks is spent working with leading scholars at EU and touring sites in the Rift Valley area. The second weeks spent working with leading scholars at BU and at selected field study sites around Nakuru and Njoro towns. These modules enable students to increase their range of in-country contacts, deepen their understanding of globalization and development issues, and have further access to scholars and campus life.
Safety in Kenya (current as of Sept 16, 2011)
The US Department of State has issued a travel warning for the country in which you wish to study. Most U.S. universities do not allow their students to travel on organized group programs to countries with a State Department travel warning in place; most also do not allow individuals to use financial aid when studying in such a country, even on their own.
U.S. State Department Travel Warning - Kenya
U.S. State Department Country-specific Information - Kenya
UW Oshkosh Health & Safety Precautions
The UW Oshkosh program in Kenya will not spend significant time in Nairobi. The group will travel to/from the Nairobi airport, will spend a few hours on the final day at a secure shopping center in Nairobi prior to arrival at the airport and, depending on the flight itinerary, may spend the night in a hotel near the airport in Nairobi on the first night and/or final night to avoid travel to Njoro in the dark. The group will be visiting the following locations: Nakuru, Njoro, and Kericho. Armed attacks (especially attacks on occupants of vehicles) and other crimes are prevalent in Kenya and especially in Nairobi and while traveling on the roads. All applicants must understand the risks involved in traveling to Kenya and must understand the personal safety precautions which each individual will be expected to exercise. Risks and safety precautions are outlined in the travel advisories above. Attendance at the OIE family orientation is mandatory and all students are encouraged to research news articles related to safety issues in Kenya. A good source for these articles is OSAC.
To this end, UW Oshkosh will
- restrict travel within Kenya to areas which the U.S., U.K., Canadian and Australian travel advisories do not advise against, including Nairobi (except if travel from/to the airport is after dark, in which case the group will spend the night in a hotel near the airport but avoid Kibera, Mathare, Kasirani, and Eastleigh neighbourhoods);
- restrict travel after dusk/before dawn by vehicle or by foot; all travel must be done during daylight hours; all vehicle windows must be up (regardless of weather or temperature) and vehicle doors securely locked;
- transport participants using university vehicles with drivers chosen by the university or work with reputable transportation vendors with proven safety records;
- prohibit use of any type of public transportation, especially matatus;
- prohibit currency exchange in the public areas of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and recommend that participants not pack any valuables in checked luggage;
- ensure that accommodations have good perimeter security;
- restrict individual travel within Kenya by group members. All individual travel must be approved in advance by the faculty leader and the Provost;
- prohibit participants from exiting safari vehicles unless it is deemed safe by professional guides or wardens;
- require all participants to attend an orientation specific to travel in Kenya. Students must understand the risks involved in traveling to Kenya and must understand the personal safety precautions which each individual will be expected to exercise when traveling with the group; and
- Require all participants to enroll in the U.S. DOS STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program).
In addition, no volunteer work is allowed without a work permit in Kenya.
Program Application & Guide