GESI-­‐FSD  Sites                                                         (Bolivia,  India,  Nicaragua,  Uganda


GESI-­‐ThinkImpact  Sites                               GESI-­‐Social  Entrepreneur  Corps  Sites   (South  Africa) (Dominican  Republic)

Northwestern   All  students  will  attend  the  Pre-­‐Departure  Learning  Summit  taught  by  Northwestern  faculty  on  the  University's  campus.  Pre-­‐departure   Preparation  &  curriculum  is  designed  to  help  students  think  critically  about  international  development  issues,  to  work  effectively  in  teams,  and  to  learn  about   Reflection their  host  country.  All  GESI  students  must  complete  readings  and  assignments  given  before  and  during  the  Pre-­‐Departure  Learning  Summit.  At   the  end  of  the  program,  all  students  will  attend  the  Final  Reflection  Summit  at  Northwestern  to  share,  compare,  and  reflect  on  the  diversity  of   experiences  students  had  in  all  six  countries.  All  students  will  be  required  to  prepare  and  present  a  final  poster  during  this  summit.   Location Field  placements  vary  between  urban  and  semi-­‐ Field  placements  are  rural;  students  live  and   Field  placements  are  rural;  students  live  and   urban  settings.  See  locations  page  for  specifics. work  in  villages  that  are  approximately  1-­‐hour   work  in  villages  that  are  approximately  1-­‐hour   (by  car)  to  a  city  or  town. (by  car)  to  a  city  or  town. Homestays GESI  students  will  live  in  carefully  vetted   GESI  students  will  live  with  another  student  in   GESI  students  will  live  in  carefully  vetted   homestays.  When  logistically  possible,   a  carefully  vetted  homestay,  often  sharing  a   homestays.  Students  will  generally  be  placed  in   students  will  live  alone  with  their  host  family  to   room  and  even  a  double  bed.  A  similar  living   single  homestays  so  as  to  deepen  their   deepen  their  cultural  immersion.  However,   arrangement  is  not  uncommon  for  brothers  or   immersion  experience.  Host  families  will   single  homestay  placements  are  not  always   sisters  in  the  communities,  and  sharing  space  is   provide  students  with  two-­‐three  meals  per  day   possible.  At  times,  GESI  students,  particularly   all  part  of  the  homestay  experience.  Homestay   (in  some  instances,  lunch  may  be  provided  by   women,  will  live  with  another  student,  often   families  will  provide  students  with  breakfast   SEC  in-­‐country  staff. sharing  a  double  bed.  A  similar  living   and  dinner  each  day.  Lunch  will  be  provided  by   arrangement  is  not  uncommon  for  brothers  or   ThinkImpact  country  staff.   sisters  in  the  communities,  and  sharing  space  is   all  part  of  the  homestay  experience.  All  host   families  will  cook/provide  students  with  three   meals  per  day. In-­‐country  Staff All  sites  employ  professional  full-­‐time  staff  available  24/7  to  help  students  with  health,  safety,  and  logistical  needs  and  issues.  In-­‐country  staff   typically  consists  of  1-­‐2  locals  and  1-­‐2  Americans.  Staff  also  provides  project  guidance  and  connections  to  local  resources  and  people,  as  needed   and  requested  by  the     tudents. Direct  Supervision GESI  students'  host  NGOs  will  appoint  a  staff   Each  GESI  team  is  appointed  asThinkImpact   GESI  students  will  work  daily  with  SEC  in-­‐ person  to  supervise  the  students  and  their   advisor.  Advisors  have  several  years  of  work   country  staff,  which  will  accompany  and   projects.  The  amount  of  support  the  supervisor   and  international  experience  and  commit  their   oversee  all  student  work.  Staff  members  will   can  provide  will  depend  on  his/her  existing   summer  to  supporting  students  on-­‐the-­‐ground.   live  in  the  same  community  as  the  GESI   workload  as  well  as  the  needs  of  the  students.   Advisors  live  in  the  villages  with  GESI  students,   students,  coordinate  logistics,  communicate   Students  must  be  patient  and  persistent  when   coordinate  logistics,  communicate  with   with  Northwestern  faculty  and  staff,  and  lead   working  with  supervisors,  as  they  a 5  during   Northwestern  fork  as  teams  of  5since  during   students  through  SEC’s  in-­‐country  c5  during   Teams Students  will  work  in  teams  of  3  to  re  often   Students  will  w aculty  and  staff  (  to  6   email   Students  will  work  in  teams  of  3  to   urriculum.   GESI  Pre-­‐Departure  Learning  and  Final   Reflection  summits.  Students  will  continue  to   work  together  in  these  original  teams  once  in-­‐ country  as  well. GESI  Pre-­‐Departure  Learning  and  Final   GESI  Pre-­‐Departure  Learning  and  Final   Reflection  summits.  Once  in  country,  however,   Reflection  summits.  Students  will  continue  to   the  original  student  team  will  break  into  Design   work  together  in  these  original  teams  once  in-­‐ Teams  of  2  to  3  American  students  with  4  to  6   country  as  well. local  community  members.  The  original  GESI   team  of  5  to  6  will  meet  periodically  to  support   one  another  and  share  experiences  while  they   explore  different  projects  and  innovations   within  the  community.

In-­‐Country   In-­‐country  curriculum  and  project  work  focuses   In-­‐country  curriculum  and  group  work  utilizes   In-­‐country  curriculum  and  project  work  focuses   Curriculum on  using  the  tools  of  asset-­‐based  community   asset-­‐based  community  development   on  poverty  alleviation  using  the   development  and  team-­‐based  consulting.   principles  to  spark  business  innovation  in  local   MicroConsignment  Model  and  other  tools  of   Projects  are  conceptualized  with  direct  input   markets.  Curriculum  explores  the  concepts  of   social  entrepreneurship.  Projects  are   from  the  NGO  and/or  community  members,   human-­‐centered  design  and  social   conceptualized  by  SEC  in-­‐country  staff  with   and  implemented  by  the  group,  NGO  and/or   entrepreneurship  through  the  three  phases  of   support  from  SEC  overall  leadership  and  direct   community  members.  FSD  will  train  students  in   Immersion,  Inspiration  and  Innovation.   input  from  community  members  and  other   project  planning  and  budgeting  to  build  strong   Students  will  prototype  new  products  and   local  beneficiaries.  SEC  will  provide  students   project  management  skills.  NGOs  work  on  a   services  with  community  members  before   with  in-­‐country  training  to  give  them  the  tools   range  of  issues  including  (but  not  limited  to)   ultimately  designing  a  small-­‐scale  businesses  or   necessary  to  be  successful  in  their  projects.   health,  income  generating  activities,  education,   income-­‐generating  activity. Students  will  work  on  a  range  of  issues   youth,  women's  issues,  and  environment. including  (but  not  limited  to)  health,  access   creation,  income  generation  and  education.   In-­‐country   Students  will  submit  1  to  2  public  blog  posts,  a  project  proposal,  budget,  external  workplan,  and  weekly  individual  reports  to  their  in-­‐country   Assignments site  team  and  Northwestern  faculty.  Students  will  be  provided  with  a  journal  and/or  workbook  that  they  must  each  complete  before  returning   to  Chicago.  Assignments  are  graded  by  Northwestern  faculty. Work  Schedule GESI  students  in  India  will  work  Monday  thru   Saturday.  Students  in  Bolivia,  Nicaragua,  and   Uganda  will  work  Monday  thru  Friday  (plus   weekends  as  required). GESI  students  will  work  Monday  thru  Friday   (plus  weekends  as  required).

GESI  students  will  work  Monday  thru   Saturday  (plus  weekends  as  required).

GESI-­‐FSD  Sites                                                         (Bolivia,  India,  Nicaragua,  Uganda)

GESI-­‐ThinkImpact  Sites                               GESI-­‐Social  Entrepreneur  Corps  Sites   (South  Africa) (Dominican  Republic)

Work  Environment GESI  teams  will  be  placed  at  an  NGO.  Some   GESI  students  will  live  in  the  villages  where   GESI  students  will  live  in/near  the  villages   NGOs  are  smaller  (5  to  10  staff  members)  and   they  work.  Students  will  not  be  working  with   where  they  work.  Students  will  not  be  working   based  directly  in  the  communities  they  serve;   an  NGO  and  will  not  have  access  to  office   with  one  specific  NGO  in-­‐country  and  so  will   other  NGOs  are  larger  (10  to  25  staff  members)   space.  Instead  they  will  need  to  find  communal   arrange  and  find  (with  the  help  of  SEC  staff)   with  field  staff  and/or  branches  throughout  the   places  within  the  village  to  meet  or  meet  at   communal  places  to  work  together  in  their   region  or  country.  The  office  environment  for   each  other's  homes,  with  the  permission  of   groups.  SEC  staff  will  be  responsible  for   each  NGO  varies,  depending  on  the  staff  size   their  host  families.  The  ThinkImpact  advisors,   creating  daily  structure  and  ensuring  that  the   and  current  resources.  Some  NGOs  will  have  a   ThinkImpact  staff,  and  in-­‐country  curriculum   environment  allows  students  to  complete  their   designated  workstation  for  interns,  while   help  provide  students  structure  in  the  absence   projects. others  will  have  a  communal  work  area  for  all   of  a  formal  office  environment.   staff  members.  Students  are  expected  to  show   professionalism  in  the  office  environment.   Depending  on  the  nature  of  the  NGO  and   nature  of  the  students'  projects,  students  may   or  may  not  spend  much  time  in  the  field  with   community  members. Internet  Access  &   Many  NGOs  do  not  have  computers  available   Laptops for  interns,  so  bringing  your  own  laptop  is   strongly  advised.  If  you  do  not  own  a  laptop,   please  ensure  at  least  one  person  in  your   group  is  bringing  one  that  you  can  use  from   time  to  time. While  students  will  not  have  internet  access,   they  are  encouraged  to  bring  their  laptops  to   type  certain  assignments.  Advisors  can  submit   students'  assignments  electronically  as  they   have  some  limited  internet  access.  If  you  do   not  own  a  laptop,  please  ensure  at  least  one   person  in  your  group  is  bringing  one  that  you   can  use  from  time  to  time. Students  will  have  Internet  access  and  are   encouraged  to  bring  their  own  laptops  in  order   to  take  notes  and  create  presentations,  etc.  in   order  to  complete  their  assignments.  If  you  do   not  own  a  laptop,  please  ensure  that  at  least   one  member  of  your  group  is  bringing  a  laptop   that  you  can  use  if  necessary.

Funds Each  student  is  allocated  $200  as  part  of  a  seed   Students  receive  $33  as  a  group  to  prototype   Each  group  will  be  allocated  $150  to  be  used  to   fund  for  the  team  to  use  towards  developing   products  and  services  with  community  design   help  develop  a  project  already  being   an  existing  project  or  piloting  a  new  one  with   teams.  After  completing  local  market  research,   implemented  within  the  community.  Students   the  host  community.  Unused  funds  will  be   teams  will  adjust  prototypes  to  meet  market   will  investigate  local  projects  during  their  in-­‐ distributed  to  the  host  NGO,  sometimes   needs,  ultimately  creating  small-­‐scale   country  work  and  will  be  required  to  submit  a   restricted  for  use  on  a  particular  initiative.   businesses  (or  income  generating  activities)   paper  explaining  their  use  of  funds  before   Students  are  required  to  submit  a  workplan   that  address  a  particular  challenge  in  the   funds  are  distributed  to  chosen  projects. and  budget  to  the  FSD  site  team  that  details   community.  Financial  literacy  training  and   the  use  of  the  seed  funds  before  funds  are   access  to  microcredit  institutions  are  also   distributed  to  the  group.   provided  to  community  members,  so  that  they   develop  greater  business  skills  and  grow  the   budding  social  enterprises.   Travel Some  weekend  travel  (to  areas  deemed  safe  by   Students  will  only  travel  outside  of  the   Some  weekend  travel  (to  areas  deemed  safe  by   FSD  and  Northwestern)  is  allowed,  so  long  as  it   communities  during  excursions  organized  by   SEC  and  GESI)  is  allowed,  as  long  as  it  does  not   does  not  interfere  with  students'  work   ThinkImpact.  All  modes  of  transportation,   interfere  with  students’  work  schedule  and   schedule  and  responsibilities.  Students  who   aside  from  ThinkImpact  sponsored  vehicles,   responsibilities.  Students  who  decide  to  travel   travel  must  notify  the  FSD  site  team  of  their   are  strictly  forbidden.  Walking  will  be  the  main   must  notify  SEC  staff  of  their  plans  and  sign  a   whereabouts  and  sign  a  waiver  releasing  FSD   mode  of  transportation,  with  ThinkImpact   waiver  releasing  SEC  from  responsibility   of  responsibility  associated  with  their  trip.  The   vehicles  available  for  some  pre-­‐arranged   associated  with  their  trip.  SEC  staff  is  not   FSD  site  team  is  not  responsible  for   meetings.  Students  must  be  in  their  homestay   responsible  for  coordinating  or  arranging   coordinating  or  arranging  student  travel.     by  nightfall  every  night,  unless  they  are  with   individual  student  travel. ThinkImpact  staff  or  advisors. Northwestern   Northwestern  has  developed  the  GESI  program  and  host  sites  in  partnership  with  FSD,  SEC,  and  ThinkImpact.  All  sites  undergo  equal  health,   Support safety,  and  risk  assessment  and  provide  high-­‐quality  learning  opportunities  to  undergraduates  and  meaningful  partnerships  to  host   communities.  Northwestern  staff  members  support  students  from  the  time  they  consider  applying  to  the  months  and  even  years  after  they   return.  Northwestern's  coursework  and  final  reflection  activities  are  designed  to  holistically  equip  students  with  the  knowledge,  tools,   perspective,  and  skills  to  explore  community  development  work  responsibly  and  to  think  critically  about  the  causes  of  global  inequality.  By   offering  a  variety  of  site  placement  options  through  the  GESI  program,  Northwestern  fosters  a  comparative  learning  and  reflection   environment,  so  that  students  can  situate  poverty,  inequality,  and  community  development  within  a  larger  context,  learn  from  their  peers,  and   continue  their  experience  forward  into  new  opportunities  to  do  good  in  the  world.

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