GESI is a unique, credit-bearing program that combines experiential-learning, study abroad, cultural immersion, and international work experience at dynamic, community-based organizations.
The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) at Northwestern University will equip you to:
- Work directly with local communities and community organizations in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, or Uganda
- Earn two Northwestern course credits (equivalent to six semester hours)
- Live with a host family and immerse yourself in another culture for eight weeks
- Work in teams of undergraduates to design and implement a development project in microfinance, social enterprise, education, environmental sustainability, global health, and more
Engage directly with local communities:
GESI 2013 – Dominican Republic:
The team worked with local community leaders to research and address issues of access to and affordability of clean water. GESI participants found local producers of filter components, and redesigned expensive water filters, making them 55% less costly, and 70% more efficient in filtration. They worked with area leaders to market the new filters, and to set up payment plans for purchasers.
GESI 2013 – Uganda:
GESI participants worked with community members and health workers to increase access to information about common, local diseases. They assembled a group of volunteers to learn about these diseases, how to tell them apart, and where to seek treatment. The volunteers continued to spread information, and used manuals equipped with this information to present to their communities.
Ready to take the next step?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Early deadlines are December 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014, for guaranteed first choice placement if accepted into the program. Final deadline is March 1, 2014, but please apply early, as spaces will fill.
If you have questions and want to speak to a member of the GESI staff, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.491.5932.