Service Learning Trip to Uganda

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Departure Date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Monday, March 25, 2019
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018

This study abroad program will be a service learning trip to Uganda over Spring Break 2019 focusing on agroforestry, education, nutrition and health, animal science and post harvest handling.  ISU and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods have been invested in improving the food security and quality of life for people in the Kamuli District of Uganda for the last 14 years. This spring break study abroad program will offer students the opportunity to become familiar with the ISU programs and enable students to directly contribute to improving the quality of life of the people of Kamuli, particularly women and children. Students will spend several days working at primary schools and with local communities in the Kamuli District on agroforestry refurbishing a tree nursery and establishing woodlots, with mothers and children on nutrition and health at Nutrition Education Centers, with livestock farmers on feeding and housing, and with post harvest handling programs on food preservation and storage at schools. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park and visit the source of the Nile River.

Preference will be given to undergraduate students in  GLOBE, NREM , HORT and CALS. You must be able to walk continuously for 3 miles on un-even terrain. You must be willing and able to live in basic conditions with minimal modern conveniences and no internet access. Must be in good academic standing.

Course Information
NREM 496 / GLOBE 496, 2 credits for Spring 2019

Program Fee
~$3,296.00 (includes airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, in-country support and supplies, entrance fees, most meals, CISI health and emergency insurance) Will be charged directly to U-bill

Out of Pocket Costs
$100 Ugandan visa upon arrive at airport in Entebbe
$150 Incidentals (snacks, souvenirs, few meals)
$800 vaccines and preventative medicines
$175 passport*

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed

There are scholarships available to apply for through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hall, scholarship application due  November 1, 2018.  Application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the program application.

Tentative Travel Itinerary

Thursday, March 14
Depart Des Moines International Airpot

Friday, March 15
Arrive Uganda
Overnight at Capitol Palace in Kampala

Saturday, March 16
Queen Elizabeth National Park, wildlife viewing excursions 

Sunday, March 17
Queen Elizabeth National Park, wildlife viewing excursions

Monday, March 18
Depart Queen Elizabeth National Park
Overnight in Kampala at Capitol Palace

Tuesday, March 19
Arrive in Kamuli District
Stay at ISU CSRL facility
Introduction to ISU-UP staff and Kamuli area

Wednesday, March 20
ISU CSRL facility
Work at school to build tree nursery

Thursday, March 21
ISU CSRL facility
Work at school to build tree nursery

Friday, March 22
ISU CSRL facility
Work with local farmers and livestock

Saturday, March 23
ISU CSRL facility
Work at Nutrition Education Center

Sunday, March 24
Depart Kamuli District
Stop in Jinja on way to airport to visit the source of the Nile
Shop and sightseeing
Depart Uganda

Monday, March 25
Arrive Des Moines International Airport