CHANGE LEADERSHIP FOR
AT A GLANCE
Dates: Custom dates, year-round
Duration: 4 weeks or longer
Destinations: Rwanda | Vietnam
Credit: 4 US credits (~ 8 ECTS credits) for eligible university students
Eligibility: Undergrad/grad - any field and level of study
Program fees: US $2,470 (4 weeks) + US $430 per extra week
For students who desire to personalize their experience with the topic of applied sustainable development, we offer multidisciplinary internships of between 4 weeks and a full semester in the form of a Community Field Experience at our program locations in Rwanda and Vietnam.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate a community-engaged sustainable development project.
- Work hand-in-hand with a local peer as well as community partners.
- Develop core competencies of global change leaders for sustainable development.
- Conduct an action-oriented field research project relating to a critical entry point for transformations towards sustainable development.
- Explore transformations towards sustainable development in a leading African or Asian success story.
- Broaden your personal and professional network and build lasting international friendships.
PROGRAM LOCATION: RWANDA
PROGRAM LOCATION: VIETNAM
The internship is offered as a 4+ week community field experience that starts and ends at the student’s gateway city (Kigali or Ho Chi Minh City). After a comprehensive in-country orientation, the students transfer to their local host community, typically a smaller town, for the placement.
Dates, fees, and scholarships
The program dates are generally identical across all program locations (Rwanda and Vietnam).
Year-round (4+ weeks)
US $430 per additional week
We value full transparency and no hidden costs. As a result, you won’t have any disappointing surprises when you arrive.
Included in your program fees are airport transfers; on-site orientation with housing (single or twin sharing), meals, activities, excursions, and local transportation; transfers to and from the host community; housing with breakfast at the host community; full-time leadership and support; pre-departure advising; and health insurance.
It is important that you take note of what is explicitly not included in the program fees. This helps you budget. Not included are the transportation to/from the program location airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, meals and local transportation at the host community, excursions that you may want to do in your own time during weekends, general items and services of a personal nature, medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided, and other discretionary expenses. Also not included are potential expenses relating to any Covid-19-related measures, including testing, quarantine, or isolation requirements. Should such requirements exist, we will gladly provide on-site assistance, but you will have to cover all related expenses.
In addition, if you are an undergraduate student and want to seek academic credit, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via GEI’s academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, which carries an additional fee of US $125 per credit.
GEI offers a variety of merit scholarships, trailblazer scholarships, and opportunity scholarships and grants. You can find further information as well as additional resources for external funding opportunities in the following blog post: Scholarships & Grants.
Meet our core team
Dr. Michael Grosspietsch, PhD
Academic Director, East Africa
Academic Director, Southeast Asia
Academic Director, Southern Africa
Operations Director, East Africa
Operations Manager, Kenya
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