Global Community Engaged Learning: Project Uganda
Project Uganda 2018 Details
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Thirty current WSU students and alumni will be selected as participants for this trip.
Completed applications are due no later than midnight on November 29, 2017. Applicant interviews for this trip (if needed) will be conducted November 29 - December 1. Participants will be notified of their selection on December 4.
Learn More Information Sessions
- November 1 | Austad Theater| 7-8:30 p.m.
- November 9 | Shepherd Union 321 | 2-3:30 p.m.
- November 13 | Wildcat Theater | 2:30-4 p.m.
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meetings
Selected participants will participate in a series of five pre-trip meetings designed to prepare them for our global experience. You will be required to attend four of the five in-person and may attend one of them virtually (over Google Hangouts).
- January 25 | Shepherd Union, Wildcat Theater | 2:30-4 p.m.
- February 22 | Shepherd Union, Room 404 | 2:30-4 p.m.
- March 22 | Shepherd Union, Room 404 | 2:30-4 p.m.
- April 19 | Shepherd Union, Room 404 - 2:30-4 p.m.
- May 24 | Shepherd Union, Room 404 - 2:30-4 p.m.
The participant fee of $2,850 covers ground transportation, lodging, and most meals (meals en route to and from Uganda will be on your own), 6 WSU credit hours (valued at $1593.65), travel snacks, and cultural excursions such as museum visits, visit to the Nile River, and one safari day. Additional personal spending money should be taken for souvenirs and other optional activities and incidentals.
Not included in the fee are: airfare, passport fees, visa fees, vaccination costs.
Please note that it may be possible for you to use financial aid for this trip. Additionally, there are global community engaged learning as well as study abroad scholarships available.
The trip cost includes six in-country credit hours from WSU. The current rate for six credit hours is $1593.65. We like to think that this means that you pay for your six credit hours and get your service trip to Uganda for $1256.35.
This cost is based on double-occupancy beds. If you are uncomfortable with this, there is an option to pay an additional amount of money for a private bed. Your response is requested in a question below.
Students selected to participate will need to confirm their involvement by paying the non-refundable trip deposit of $500 to the Continuing Education office in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning. Failure to pay the $500 deposit and subsequent payments by 5 p.m. on their due dates, will result in forfeiture of your place on the Uganda trip.
- $500 Deposit - Within a week of trip acceptance notification
- $350 Payment - Monday, January 8
- $350 Payment - Monday, February 5
- $350 Payment - Monday, March 5
- $350 Payment - Monday, April 2
- $99 Payment - Friday, April 13
The 20-year vision of the Lee Family Foundation is to create a model for establishing a self-sustaining village. To this effort, we will complete three main projects with our Ugandan partners. Our trip goal is to improve the access to education and the economic conditions of the people in rural African areas. We will do this through education, construction, and environmental sustainability projects. Our projects will directly influence the youth and community served by our partners, Lee Family Foundation and Hope4Kids International in Nyafumba, Uganda, Africa.
Our projects are in line with the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): No poverty, Good health and well-being, Quality Education, Decent work and economic growth, Reduce inequalities, and Sustainable Cities and Communities.
The first project will be constructing staff housing for the school educators and administrators.This is significant because the area is so rural, they struggle to recruit quality teachers to the area. This staff housing will allow the youth better and more educators in an effort to have a more personalized and higher quality education.
Our second project will be continuing with education programs at the Lee Family Foundation Elementary School.
Finally, we will be gathering donations and contributing new books and solar systems to be incorporated into the Lee Family Foundation classrooms and library.
During our stay in Uganda, we will be staying at hotels in close proximity to our projects. The hotels will accommodate us well, safely, and will provide sufficient space for team-building exercises, reflections, planning and other activities.
Selected trip participants will have some free time. We have planned to visit a few local museums and historical sites. We will be visiting Murchison Falls on safari as well as the Nile River. Additionally, there will be time in the evening hours to see the city and for buying souvenirs, etc.
Upon acceptance, participants will be requested to visit their doctor to complete a physical examination and medical clearance. We have included a few examples here of the type of questions that may be asked:
- Have you had any chronic conditions requiring medical care?
- Will you need any special medications or medical care while on this trip?
- Are you allergic to any foods or medicines?
- Do you have any other dietary restrictions?
We will discuss these components in further detail and take any questions as part of the pre-trip meetings.
The Center for Community Engaged Learning expects accepted applicants to participate; our office personnel use program fees to arrange for the trip itinerary and travel costs. Cancellation refund amounts, therefore, shall be determined according to the following schedule.
The program deposit ($500) is non-refundable. By paying a program deposit the student guarantees participation in the program and promises to pay the complete program cost by required deadline. Withdrawal from the program does NOT release participant from payment requirement.
Standard penalties due to Withdrawal or Non-payment:
- 120 Days prior to term start date: 25% of total program cost
- 90 Days prior to term start date: 50% of total program cost
- 60 Days prior to term start date: No refunds
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Center for Community Engaged Learning, 3910 W Campus Dr. Department 2113 Ogden, UT 84408-2113. Cancellations may not be accepted in person, over the phone, or email.
This trip is in partnership with the Lee Family Foundation and Hope4Kids International