Creating a School Garden: Service Learning in Uganda

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023 to Saturday, July 8, 2023
Type of Travel: 
Travel Course
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 1, 2022

This service learning program allows Iowa State University (ISU) students to work in Uganda, developing school gardens for elementary schools in the Kamuli District. This project is in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Program (CSRL), and Makerere University (MAK). Students will develop school gardens and work with teachers in grades 1-7 to deliver curricula in food and agriculture, integrated science, and nutrition while using the gardens.  Students will participate in one or more student-team projects that support the overall goals of the school gardening program. ISU students will work with CSRL staff in Uganda, ISU faculty, and with students and faculty from MAK. 

Students will spend the spring semester in GLOBE 495UG, which meets Wednesdays from 5:10-6:30, researching Uganda, school gardens, and development models, as well as creating plans for their team projects. Students will travel to Uganda to work with the schools and implement their bi-national team projects during the summer. While in Uganda, students live at an ISU facility and are expected to follow the program’s code of conduct and housing agreements.  During the fall semester and when back on ISU campus, students will participate in GLOBE 490Z, which meets Wednesdays from 5:10-6:30; students will reflect on their experience, complete reports on their team projects, and present their final reports to donors, partners, and stakeholders through poster presentations and a university-wide seminar.

Scholarship for School Garden, Service Learning Program

Students majoring in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences may receive an additional scholarship if accepted into the program toward the program fee.  The program’s faculty will provide a special scholarship application in Canvas during the pre-departure orientation. A completed application is required for consideration.