Faculty-led and custom programs have been at the heart of GEI since 2007. We understand how much work their design requires and how important it is for you to be able to rely on specialist local knowledge and networks. We provide the expert support, dedication, and passion you need to create your custom program in our 25 destinations across East Africa, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia.

 

By partnering with GEI, you gain access to our Global Academic Team and our local Learning Center and Social Impact Lab colleagues at the destinations. We have designed more than 600 inspiring custom programs across all key disciplines.

 

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The GEI difference

 

Exclusive regional focus and expertise:

We often hear that our destinations can be rather intimidating without a highly experienced and deeply rooted local partner. For over 15 years now, we have focused exclusively on Africa and Asia.

 

Educational excellence:

Our Global Academic Team works with you to develop syllabi and program content that meet your learning objectives.

 

Experienced and passionate on-site teams:

Program participants consistently praise the attention to detail of our Local Program Coordinators.

 

Safety and risk management:

We provide extensive and personal 24/7 health & safety support, as well as comprehensive insurance coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

Our destinations

 

 

East Africa (Kigali / Nairobi)

Burundi, DR Congo (Kivu), Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

 

Southern Africa (Cape Town)

Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
 
Southeast Asia (Ho Chi Minh City)

Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Our services

 

Pre-departure services:

Destination advice, academic program and curriculum design, itinerary and logistics development, flexible and transparent pricing according to your budget
 
On-site services:

Coordination of all program elements (orientations, lectures, guest speakers, workshops, meetings, site visits, cultural immersion, service-learning etc) and logistics, risk management and 24/7 health & safety support

 
 

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Dr. Reid Click
Associate Professor, School of Business, George Washington University

Your company made my consulting abroad study tour a great success. You connected me and my students with the important players in business, government, and non-governmental organizations. You are a valuable partner for my program, and I highly recommend working with you to maximize the impact of time in Africa and Asia.

Dr. David Seaberg
Dean, College of Medicine, University of Tennessee

Our program was fantastic in terms of the cultural, medical and social experiences we encountered. We learned a great deal about the people, and we hope to continue our mission of helping to establish emergency medicine in the region.

Jessica Rush
Assistant Director, MBA Global Programs, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

I will run out of adjectives trying to describe our trip. Our experiences have been truly paradigm shifting. It’s also been a whole lot of fun!

Kate Cotton
Global Mental Health Program, University of Glasgow

The internship program gave me the opportunity to see and hear all that Rwanda has to offer. It opened my eyes and ears to new ways to approach mental health care. The GEI team always saw if we needed extra support and heard any concerns or feedback we had, and worked conscientiously and effectively to resolve any concerns.

Dr. Chris Germer
Clinical Psychologist and Psychiatry Lecturer (part-time), Harvard Medical School

The self-compassion training we were able to offer through GEI to mental health counsellors in Kenya was one of the most moving teaching experiences of my life.

Katie Dobosz Kenney
NYU School of Professional Studies

I have worked with a variety of travel organizations and our experience with GEI was a dream! An enormous thanks to Francoise for everything she did to make our travels in Rwanda seamless, comfortable, and truly enjoyable. She and the Kigali team were fantastic!

Seram Lee
Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business & Management

I have been at students' service as a logistical liaison for many years now, and I don't remember the last time I had such an effective, comfortable, and honest fun in co-coordinating a program with another vendor. Coralie and GEI have redefined my expectations on travel providers' level of efficiency, and I cannot thank Coralie enough for her dedication, flexibility, attention to detail, and overall outstanding character in helping us make this program happen.


            

            

                        
            
            
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Data protection

GDPR: Policy on the protection and processing of personal data of program participants

This Policy regards all personal data of yours that we have obtained - whether from you directly or indirectly from any entity - for the planning and organization of your GEI program and related GEI services.

These data will be processed and handled by us in accordance with our policies, with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), and with the principles of fairness, lawfulness, transparency, purpose limitation, accuracy, storage limitation, integrity and confidentiality, and accountability, as well as the utmost protection of your privacy.

Sensitive data processing will only take place in relation to data regarding your health condition (such as diseases, allergies or food intolerances) or judicial data of relevance to your participation in the GEI program.

All data shall be processed exclusively for GEI institutional purposes, connected or related to the activities carried out by GEI, such as the planning and organization of your GEI program, the accomplishment of bureaucratic practices for your entry in your program destination, and the performance of the contractual obligations of GEI in connection with your program stay.

In particular, the data supplied or collected may be processed for the following purposes:

  • To fulfill the obligations established by any applicable law;
  • To execute the contractual obligations with reference to your enrolment with the GEI program (such as, but not limited to, program content and logistics bookings, program attendance certification, or participant health and safety protection); and
  • To take the necessary actions in the case of an accident or aggression.

Sensitive data regarding your health conditions and food habits will only be processed for the purpose of protecting your safety or of fulfilling the obligations established by any applicable law.

Sensitive data regarding judicial measures which may have been provided to GEI by public bodies will be processed only for purposes relating to a health or safety emergency and complying with any applicable mandatory provision of any applicable law.

Submittal and processing of personal data is necessary in order to achieve the purposes above specified.

Any refusal will make it impossible to carry out the necessary activities and the correct administrative and didactic management of your program necessary to accomplish the contractual obligations of GEI in connection with your program stay, as well as the obligations imposed by law.

Data - including sensitive data - will be collected and processed automatically and/or manually, and by adopting the respective minimum safety measures.

The data will be handled only by the persons who are in charge of and responsible for the related program activities and services.

Your data may be communicated, in compliance with the rules above indicated, to public or private subjects to whom they may be necessary in order to carry out the planning and organization of your GEI program, and to fulfill obligations set forth by applicable laws.

Sensitive data may be communicated to public bodies and authorities (such as public hospitals, public safety authorities, police offices, courts, magistrates and the like) and to private subjects (such as private hospitals and clinics, security supervisors, insurance companies and the like) only for purposes relating to health and safety emergency and for the purposes of fulfilling obligations set forth by applicable laws.

You will be able to exercise any and all rights foreseen, among others, by the GDPR, electronically available at https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en.

This includes, among others, the following rights:

  • You have the right to obtain confirmation of the existence or not of personal data, even if not yet recorded, and their communication in intelligible form.
  • You have the right to obtain indication a) of the origin of the personal data, b) of the ends and methods of their processing, c) of the logics applied in the event of processing being carried out with the aid of electronic equipment, d) of the identification data of your data manager at GEI, and e) of the organizations and categories of organizations to whom personal data can be communicated or who are likely to get to know them at the program destination(s).
  • You have the right to obtain a) the update, the rectification or, if you have the interest to, the integration of the data, b) the cancellation, transformation in anonymous form or blockage of any data processed unlawfully, including those whose storage is not necessary in relation to the aims for which the data were collected or later processed, and c) a statement that the operations indicated in a) and b), including their content, have been made known to those to whom the data have been communicated or released, except in the case of this being found to be impossible or requiring the use of means which are clearly disproportionate to the protected right.
  • You have the right to completely or partially oppose a) for legitimate reasons, the processing of personal data even if relevant to the aims of their collection, and b) the processing of personal data for the purpose of sending publicity material, direct sales or for carrying out market research or commercial communications.

The Data Controller for your data is GEI. In order to exercise the rights mentioned in 7. above, you can contact us at 251 State Street, #204 (c/o Mlekoday), Schenectady, NY 12305, USA, or by sending an email to programs@global-engagement.org.

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