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  • Locations: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Major: African and African Diaspora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, International Development, International Relations, Political Science, Public Health
Program Description:

Kenya Summer Initiative 2018
Newcomb College Institute

nci kenya

Program dates:  August 3-24, 2017 with the option of an
additional excursion July 31-August 3
Cost: $3,500 – includes lodging and most meals; does not include flight or additional excursion cost


Application Deadline: February 19, 2018
Program Cost: $5,500
Eligibility Requirements:

  • 3.5 CGPA
  • Completion of IDEV 4951
What’s the scoop?

WHY? To provide education and support for Nairobi children living in poverty whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS.
NCI’s latest service-learning initiative seeks to connect students with an interest in women’s leadership with girls in Kenya, where HIV/AIDS has left approximately 1 million orphans.
NCI partners with Friends of Ngong Road (, a Kenya and US-based non-profit organization. FNR seeks out children that have the ability to succeed but not the means in the geographic area known as Dagoretti, one of the major slums in Nairobi. The organization supports children by providing for their education; their fundraising efforts go toward paying school fees, providing supplies, and encouraging the personal development of students in primary and secondary school. Students affiliated with FNR consistently show higher test scores and graduation rates  than the average for all Kenyan children.
WHAT? NCI is offering students the opportunity to travel to Kenya for service learning credit in the summer of 2017 and volunteer at a summer camp for children.
One of FNR’s major programs is a summer camp for school-age children. For many of the campers, camp provides access to food and safe shelter over the summer in addition to fun and community. The children consistently report that camp is the highlight of their year.
NCI’s volunteers are leaders among the camp staff. You have the opportunity to develop a course of study based on your interests to foster creative thinking, problem solving, and awareness of gender-based issues. Volunteers will work with professors Sally Kenney, director of the Newcomb College Institute, and Izabela Steflja, Tulane professor of practice in International Development, who will oversee their projects and attend camp.
In addition to time at camp, the trip includes at least two excursions including a safari.

  • Leadership – 40 leaders, 16-18 years old, 4 day leadership training camp
  • Senior – 200 campers, 14-18 years old, 4 day camp
  • Grammar – 120 campers, 9-15 years old, 3 day camp
  • Little Kids – 25-50 campers, 5-8 years old, 1 day camp 

Eligibility: Applicants must have taken IDEV 4951.
What kinds of classes can I take?
Students receive 3 credits of independent study credit that fulfills their second tier service learning requirement.
Fields of study: African and African Diaspora Studies, International Development, International Relations, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Political Science, Public Health, Social Entrepreneurship
What are the academic equivalencies between this program and Tulane?
Students receive 3 credits of independent study credit that fulfills their second tier service learning requirement.
Where will I live?
Lodging is provided, along with transportation and most meals.
What’s the cost?
$5,500 – covers lodging, some meals, transportation while in Kenya, but not airfare
Deadlines: February 19, 2018
Application fee: none
Minimum GPA required: 3.5
Secondary application: Required
Housing: Included in course cost

Program deposit: $500 non-refundable
Visa required? Yes (available online in advance of the trip)
Language of instruction: English

This program is currently not accepting applications.