This program introduces students to social change theories and social organizations in Lusaka, Zambia. Attention is given to the political and economic forces that influence non-government organizational development, behavior and operations. Students will analyze and compare popular preventative and reactive interventions for change including public health approaches, the use of aid, micro-lending and other sustainable development efforts. Particular attention will be giving to issues of addiction and recovery, HIV and inadequate employment opportunities and their impact on community development. Using lectures, presentations, case studies and service-learning this program will expose student to the theoretical and philosophical frameworks used to understand social development. Students will also develop and apply skills, practices and techniques for program development and implementation in the nonprofit sector. This experiential program focuses on program evaluation techniques, ethics in international volunteerism/foreign nonprofit interventions, globalization and its influence on the nonprofit sector. Students will also consider how culture, program maturity, and management style influence organizational behaviors. Through service-learning, team developed capacity building projects, and structured reflections students will consider the role of the third sector and other socially change models in Zambia.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 15, 2016
  • * Priority Deadline: November 22, 2016
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Application Extension Deadline: February 20, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
    • Please describe previous experience in the nonprofit field.

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Additional Consideration: Must be able to live in modest conditions. Electricity and internet are fitful, student must be able to thrive in these conditions.

Courses

  • HUSV 4866 - Intercultural Studies through Human Services : Intercultural Studies through Human Services introduces students to social change interventions abroad and encourages comparative analyses. The goal of this course is to examine the social, political and economic forces that influence how non-government organizations develop and operate in settings abroad. Students will analyze and compare popular preventative and reactive interventions for change including public health approaches, the use of aid, micro-lending and sustainable development. Using lectures, presentations, case studies and service-learning this course will expose student to the theoretical and philosophical frameworks used to explain social development.
  • HUSV 4945 - Leadership and International Program Development : Leadership and International Program Development introduces students to skills, practices and techniques for program development and implementation in the nonprofit sector. This experiential course focuses on program evaluation techniques, ethics in international volunteerism/foreign nonprofit interventions, globalization and its influence on the nonprofit sector. Students will also consider how culture, program maturity, and management style influence organizational behaviors. Through service-learning, team developed capacity building projects, and structured reflections students will consider the role of the third sector in Zambia.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $11,680
  • Tuition covers 8 Northeastern Credits

Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,500
  • Round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

In 1964 Zambia gained its independence as a British colony and has since become one of the fastest growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lusaka is the vibrant economic and political capital of Zambia it is also one of the fastest growing cities in Southern Africa.   Lusaka is home to many nonprofit organizations that are populated by local talent and invested international social professionals.

Accommodations

  • Hostel: Students will be staying in modest dorm like accommodations near the capital of Lusaka in close proximity to service-learning and class. Students will have inconsistent access to the internet and technology.

Host University or Organization

Students will be staying in Lusaka, Zambia a vibrant urban center that melds both tradition and the emerging economic role that Lusaka plays in Southern Africa.

Faculty Advisor
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