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* Community Education & Health in Zambia
Livingstone, Zambia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/08/2017 05/20/2018 06/09/2018
Participants will take a group flight to Zambia that departs the U.S. on May 18 to arrive in Livingstone on May 20, 2018.
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Programs: Sociology
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Aimee Jones
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Health and Human Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

Community Education & Health

in Zambia

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This summer CSU faculty-led program will immerse students in communities in Zambia to learn and teach within local schools and other community organizations. Students will complete individual or group based projects along with educational programming, group reflections, and local excursions.


Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: May 20 - June 9, 2018 (weekly group meetings will be held on-campus during the March-May)
NOTE: Participants will take a group flight to Zambia that departs the U.S. on May 18 to arrive in Livingstone on May 20, 2018.

CREDIT:  All committed students will be registered for E 352A: Reading and Writing: the Zambia Experience (3 credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details.  The program fee includes round-trip international airfare from Denver to Livingstone, most in-country meals, lodging, and transportation, community service project costs, some excursions, medical insurance, program supervision and administration.  Students may have some personal costs or additional meals while in country. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for the Zambia Community Education and Health Scholarship (deadline to apply: January 20), as well as scholarships through the Office of International Programs and The Lauren Project grant. Pell grant recipients may also apply for the Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship.

PROGRAM LEADER: Ashley Davies, Instructor, Department of English at Colorado State University. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. Open to all undergraduate (sophomore and above) and graduate students.

Academic Overview

This summer faculty-led program is sponsored by the CSU Department of English.  CSU Instructor, Ashley Davies, will teach ENG 382, Reading and Writing: the Zambia Experience.  This course emerges at the intersection of the community education and community health initiatives that students are working on in Livingstone, Zambia and scholarly, nonfiction writing and memoirs about similar kinds of development work. While collaborating with and assisting Zambians in educational settings (schools, after school programs, adult literacy programs) or in community health arenas (clinics, home-based care, health education programs), students will critically explore how development work is conceptually framed and represented in nonfiction, fiction, and/or memoirs. Students will do this in two ways: first, by exploring a few existing models or examples of writing about development work, and second, by writing a narrative of their own experience as development workers.  

Depending on interest, students will be divided into small groups and partnered with local educational, environmental or public health organizations in Livingstone, Zambia. During the days students will work with their local partner and reconvene in the evenings for group reflection, educational activities and cross-cultural exchange.  African Impact will provide all in-country logistical and programming support.  African Impact's volunteer projects in Livingstone are some of the oldest-standing teaching, medical, conservation, wildlife and sports volunteer projects.  These are potential projects that students may be participate in. 

Course Objectives:

  • Build a cross-cultural learning environment through teamwork with local Zambians in the areas of community education and community health 
  • Complete a sustainable service experience and a written record of that experience
  • Define concepts of the development worker and the recipients of development aid, of the inscription of development work in nonfiction, fiction and memoir; and of philosophies of development, all based on contemporary writings of Western development workers in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Apply those concepts in a self-reflective and self-critical fashion by writing a personal narrative of community education or community health project work in Zambia


Described by many as "the Real Africa", Zambia is a country of wide open spaces rich in wildlife, with magnificent forests, wild rivers and wetlands - studded with lakes and impressive waterfalls. Livingstone is historically an English speaking community.  Livingstone is also the gateway to Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe to the South. Zambia's National Parks, such as the Kafue, have a staggering amount of wildlife and unparalleled game viewing opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to work on community driven projects and enjoy the natural beauty of all that Zambia has to offer.

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed together in a group hostel for volunteers in Livingstone.  Full board and lodging includes 3 meals a day at the volunteer house.  Weekend meals may be self-catered.


African Impact
Potential Student Projects


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