Lusaka: Driving Social Change: The Role of Nonprofits and Change Makers in Zambia – CLOSED

Lusaka, Zambia

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 15 - August 15, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15. 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Lori Gardinier (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer II


  • HSUV 4945 Leadership & International Program Development
  • HSUV 4866 Intercultural Studies through Human Services


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 social change models in Zambia.


  • HSUV 4945 Leadership & International Program Development
  • HSUV 4866 Intercultural Studies through Human Services

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA recommended
  •  Experience in nonprofit or social sector organizations

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website)
    • One copy of passport ID page – To be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions:
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

    **Please note that prior to 11/15/12 your unofficial transcript and essay should be handed in to OISP.  After 11/15/12, please send them directly to your faculty leader

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Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


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.


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.