Kenya: Urbanization, Health and Human Rights
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"SIT Kenya was the best experience I have had during college. I have never experienced the classroom "come to life" like it did for me when I studied abroad in Kenya. The people, the place, and my host families all made my stay even better. I felt like I was truly immersed into the culture, and I was so grateful to Jamal, Odoch, Mama Mary, Miltone, and all of the language professors for their hard work and dedication."
-- Deondra Jacobs, Albion College
Explore the intersections of economics, health, and social development in Kenya.
Kenya is home to more than 40 ethnic groups, each retaining a strong sense of cultural identity. Students will learn about Kenya’s advances in educational training, infrastructure, and technical development, and gain an understanding of the vibrant private sector and successful coalition-building efforts that have helped to strengthen Kenya’s economy.
Homestays and educational excursions help illustrate that access to health care remains an issue for this predominantly rural population. Students interact with a wide array of local contacts in cosmopolitan, multiethnic Nairobi, the regional base for numerous local and international nongovernmental organizations engaged in development and health-related projects.
In-country resources and program partners typically include:
- University of Nairobi
- National Museums of Kenya
- Carolina for Kibera
- Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
- Gender Violence Recovery Centre
- Shining Hope for Communities
- United African Alliance Community Center (Tanzania educational tour)
Spotlight on SIT Kenya Alumni
SIT Study Abroad alum co-founds Kibera School for Girls
Jessica Posner, a Wesleyan University student and 2007 participant of SIT Study Abroad’s Kenya: Health and Development Program, was so moved by her experiences in Kenya that she teamed up with Kennedy Odede, a native of Nairobi, to establish the Kibera School for Girls. Now in its second year, the school uses an innovative approach that provides education as well as essential health and economic services to the community, with a special focus on young women and girls.
Check out Faces of Angels: Real Stories of AIDS-affected Children in the Kibera Slums, a unique photobook created by program alum Sandhira Wijayaratne (Johns Hopkins University), based on work completed during her ISP.
SIT Study Abroad alum studied self-esteem of Kenyan girls
SIT alum finds education scholarships for Kenyan youth
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Kenya, Nairobi
Language Study: Swahili
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