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*WCU Spring Break in Uganda: Global Health, Community Health Outreach, HIV, and Nutrition
Kabale, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring Break
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Campus Dormitory
Area of Study: Health Sciences, Nutrition Program Type: Service Learning, WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: No Credit Available to Non-WCU Students?: No
Faculty/Staff Director: Chiwoneso Tinago, Sherry Mendez Academic Level: Undergraduate Students
College: Health Sciences
Program Description:
Program Description:
This non-credit international service-learning program will be conducted in Kabale, a town located in southwestern Uganda. Students will support the work of a grassroots organization providing healthcare and social services to the local population. While in Kabale, students will learn about this groundbreaking, integrated approach to addressing and improving maternal and child health and food insecurity. Students will conduct health outreach alongside health workers in rural villages and explore how nutrition and HIV and other illnesses are closely linked. Students will learn from and assist staff in their efforts to treat and prevent maternal and child malnutrition through education and counseling in addition to learning about the social determinants of health and healthcare provision in low-resource settings from doctors and nurses working at a general clinic, an HIV clinic, a maternity clinic, and a malnutrition center. Students will also visit local primary and secondary schools and participate in Nutrition Education Outreach using participatory drama and theater, learn about sustainable agriculture, novel protein sources in the form of a rabbit breeding center, and permaculture with a local social enterprise organization, and participate in workshops with village community groups and explore methods of growing a diversity of foods.

Kabale, Uganda
Students will stay at a dormitory located within the host organization's compound, just 20 feet from the area where meals are served and the gathering/socializing area for students. Kabale is a short walk away. Rooms are shared between 2-4 students. Each student has a comfortable single bed with a mosquito net. Bathrooms are shared between 4-8 students. Hot water is usually available for showers, though students should be prepared for power outages that restrict hot water. WiFi is available, though bandwidth is often slow. 
All instruction will be conducted in English. No foreign language experience is required for this program.
This is a non-credit service-learning program.
All participants will pay a program fee of $2,605 to WCU which includes all accommodations, meals, excursions, and in-country transportation. All participants will also be billed the non-refundable $100 study abroad application fee through the WCU Bursar bill upon applying to the program. There is no tuition for this program, as it is non-credit.
Not included in the costs listed above are the round-trip airfare (estimated at $1,650), passport and visa fees, and immunizations.
This program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for 2018-2019, which allows for underrepresented minority students that participate in this program the opportunity to apply for the WCU Global Rams Initiative Scholarship for Study Abroad.

Participants are also encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships, grants, and awards listed on the CIP Scholarship website.

Faculty/Staff Program Directors:
Dr. Chiwoneso Tinago, WCU Department of Health
Sherry Mendez, MPH, WCU Director of Wellness Promotion

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This program is currently not accepting applications.