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*WCU Summer in Kenya - Social Work Field Placement in Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Other (see "accommodations" section below for details) Area of Study: Social Work
Available to Non-WCU Students?: No Faculty/Staff Director: Keisha Kelley, Susan Wysor Nguema
College: Education & Social Work
Program Description:
Program Description:
 This program provides an opportunity for Junior Undergraduate Social Work students to travel to Kenya for a short-term field placement opportunity.  Students will register for SWO 375-50 Field Experience I and SWO 395-50 Junior Seminar on the Philadelphia Campus during spring semester, 2020.  They will be assigned a field placement to attend throughout the semester at a reduced requirement of 12 hours per week.  Students will also attend four 2-hour Saturday sessions to prepare for travel.  When the Spring semester ends, students will depart for Nairobi, Kenya where they will spend three weeks shadowing social service professionals, acquiring the remainder of their required field hours. They will also attend a cultural immersion course, which offers one credit that can be transferred back to West Chester University.

Nairobi, Kenya
Students will stay at the De LaSalle Centre in the Karen neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya.  This is a community of La Sallian Brothers, which offers the opportunity to socialize with individuals from a variety of countries who are working in Nairobi.  The accommodations offer individual bedrooms with a shared bathroom, similar to a dormitory experience.  Included in lodging is breakfast and dinner each day.
Primary languages spoken in Nairobi are English and Kiswahili, though a variety of other indigenous languages are also spoken.
SWO 375-50 and SWO 395-50 (Total of 9 credits) - For the inaugural year of the program and possibly moving forward, all students interested in the Kenya opportunity, regardless of their campus for all other courses must take these two classes on the Philadelphia campus during Spring 2020.
Three-day cultural immersion course at Tangaza College – This course consists of lecture in the morning followed by a communal lunch.  All students are paired with a field assistant, who is a full-time student at Tangaza, that takes them on excursions focused on the day’s lessons during the afternoon.
Weekend safari – Two night stay at Speke’s Camp, located in the Masai Mara conservancy.  This camp is dedicated to supporting sustainable environmental practices and the indigenous Maasai communities that still reside within the Masai Mara.
Visit to the Rift Valley “Birthplace of humanity,” the equator, and Treetops restaurant
Visit to an Elephant orphanage and Giraffe Center in Nairobi
In addition to the regular WCU tuition/fees for the 2 courses during spring 2020 term, all participants will be billed an additional Program Fee of $2,095 which includes all housing, breakfast and dinner each day, and a weekend safari. In addition, all students will be billed the non-refundable $100 WCU Study Abroad Application Fee upon applying to the program and will be required to purchase the mandatory WCU international insurance.
Not included in the program fees listed above are the round-trip airfare to Kenya (estimated around $1,500), passport fees (estimated around $160), vaccinations, additional meals not included, Nairobi-based excursions (approximately $200), in-country transportation (estimated $250), and personal spending money. 

As this program is a WCU program, students that qualify for financial aid for a typical term at WCU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of this program. Students should consult with Ms. Kristy Slusser ( in the Financial Aid office for specific details about aid eligibility and required forms. In addition, this program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for 2019-2020, 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. All students are also encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website.

Susan R Wysor Nguema
Assistant Professor – Undergraduate Social Work
Keisha Kelley
Director of Field Education, Philadelphia – Undergraduate Social Work

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This program is currently not accepting applications.