In this short-term program, undergraduate students from all disciplines study Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Cultural Ecology of Food with the Greenbelt Movement (GBM), a grassroots non-governmental organization founded by Nobel Prize winnter Wangari Maathai. Her renowned organization focuses on providing income and sustenance to millions through planting trees and restoring the environment. GBM has planted over 30 million trees, and has conducted several large-scale campaigns informing Kenyans about women's rights, civic empowerment, and the environment.
Classroom activities on campus prior to travel introduce students to the course's topics. While in Kenya, students and GBM members work on community projects such as tree planting, food security, adn sustainable agriculture. In addition, travels and excursions introduce students to the diversity of Kenyan society, culture, and environment.
The program is lead by Dr. Patrick McHaffie, Associate Professor of Geography at DePaul, and by Dr. Howard Rosing, Director of the Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Learning at DePaul.
For more information on the Kenya Study Abroad Program please visit the following links:
Click here to view video footage of our December 2009 trip on YouTube