Hiking Mt. Longonot -9,108 ft

This dynamic summer program in language and culture offers four weeks of full immersion in Kenya. Offered by  African and African American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis, the program is designed to enhance a student’s understanding of Kenyan society through a careful blend of coursework, home stays,  service projects, guest lectures, and memorable excursions.

The program is intended to accommodate individualized interests and may therefore appeal to students who major in African Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, International Relations, Education, Swahili, Gender Studies and Political Science. The program will be under the direction of Dr. Mungai Mutonya, Senior Lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis.

In 2010, Kenyans overwhelmingly voted to approve a new constitution. The people-centered constitution empowers women, the youth, marginalized communities, and other citizens. More importantly, the governance structures have been radically transformed through devolution of powers from the capital city to the newly-formed regional governments. Considered one of the most progressive developments in contemporary Africa, program participants of this program will have a firsthand experience of the historic changes in Kenya.

Check out Jennifer Ibe's (Kenya program 2011) blog posting:


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Program highlights (2000--2010)

  • Guest speakers
  • 2004: A dinner and talk with the Nobel Peace Laureate: Professor Wangari Maathai
  • 2010: Lecture by Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, current Chairman of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission
  • 2008: Lecture by Hon. Najib Balala, Presidential candidate
  • 2003: Panel discussion with muslim women leaders
  • 2010: Editors of Kenya's leading newspaper

Community projects

  • 2010: Initiated three library projects in Mombasa
  • 2010: Social intervention project at Mwakirunge schools (collaboration with Wema Center)
  • 2008: Service projects at SOLGIDI, Wema, SOLWODI
  • 2006: Community projects in Nairobi, Naivasha, and Lamu
  • 2004: Library project in Nyeri (Collaboration with The Green Belt Movement)