Many institutions, organizations and individuals in academic, scientific and professional circles desire to make a sustainable difference in the world. They see the SDG challenges that countries in Africa and Asia face and believe that they can help. But they typically lack the knowledge, experience, resources and local networks to create sustainable long-term solutions for complex development challenges.
Our approach – as a Program Provider, Development Organization and Destination Management Company – offers them the platform and support they need to overcome this problem:
We initiate and implement long-term evidence-based development interventions and invite institutions, organizations and individuals to join hands with us. They become part of GEI-facilitated international and local alliances that create transformative solutions based on joint research, education, training and innovative practical initiatives. These flexible multi-stakeholder partnerships and communities use some of the best globally available knowledge, skills and resources to create interventions that are adjusted to the local cultural contexts and needs. They are people-centered and based on peer-to-peer learning, engagement and exchange. And they set out to create an evidence base as well as scalable concepts for social innovation and impact.
We provide a range of international education, engagement and exchange programs for students, faculty, staff, members and supporters. They include study abroad programs, community field experiences, professional development programs, faculty development programs, internship & elective programs, research programs, and conferences and summer schools. We also work with institutions and organizations to customize their own programs.
We desire to develop people to be active global citizens who are inspired and empowered to make an impact. We strive for the highest academic standards, and our programs regularly undergo thorough evaluation by our academic schools of record. In addition to educational excellence, our curricula pursue highly innovative and immersive experiential and community-engaged learning models. Our programs focus on critical sustainable development and social impact issues, and we have a strong commitment to reciprocity that is grounded in our social enterprise approach.
Safety and risk management are of particular importance in the regions where we operate. Our experienced local team members provide extensive and personal 24/7 health & safety support, and we have comprehensive insurance coverage in place.
Social Impact Consulting
We advise institutions and organizations on internationalization strategies in Africa and Southeast Asia in line with the SDGs. Our services include, among others, the planning and implementation of partnerships, social impact interventions, international education, engagement and exchange programs, research, capacity development, and general knowledge creation.