Uganda: Post-Conflict Transformation


Students live with a Ugandan host family for five weeks in Gulu. The homestay helps students become more immersed in local social and cultural dynamics and gives them a unique inside perspective of life in a post-conflict environment. Living with a family also gives students the chance to observe and learn from Ugandans' processes of dealing with post-conflict trauma and post-conflict reconstruction. The homestay experience is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their Acholi language skills. Some students choose to live with their host families during the ISP period.

Homestay families are typically middle class and work in a variety of capacities including for the government and NGOs. Host families are selected and approved by the program's homestay coordinator and academic director. Homes have basic essentials such as a bathroom and toilet.

Students also spend one week with a rural homestay near Kitgum, Uganda. During this time, students have the opportunity for day-to-day rural experiences as they practice their rapid rural appraisal (RRA) and participatory rural appraisal (PRA) research methods.

During the excursions throughout Uganda and to Rwanda, students stay in hostels or guest houses.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Gulu

Language Study: Acholi

Prerequisites: Coursework in conflict theories recommended.


View Student Evaluations for this program:

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Fall 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Spring 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Fall 2012 Evaluations (PDF)

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