Learn more about the three periods of the program in the tabs below:
3 Months – USA
The first part is the training period based at our Michigan campus. You will join your team comprised of a diverse and vibrant group of people all interested in development and humanitarian work. Participants will also use this time to fundraise for their training and travels.
6 Months – Project Work
Once participants are equipped with all the knowledge needed, they will embark on the next stage of the journey. Participants will be placed in projects in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique or Brazil. Projects in the respective countries will include farming work, education and health. Participants will join a range of activities, including engaging with local farmers to increase food production; start sustainable and income generating projects; train teachers and set up pre-schools. The projects work with children, parents, farmers, teachers, local leaders, national governments and international partners to tackle the root causes of poverty and build sustainable and thriving communities. Find out more about the work and its impact here.
1 Month – USA
The participants will return to the Michigan campus to digest their experiences. This final stage of the cycle allows students to share their findings and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the work in the field. This allows for the continual improvement of the program; whilst ensures students gain a thorough understanding of development projects and their impact. This phase also helps participants prepare for their next steps in their careers.
Knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, and why the African continent keeps struggling with poverty and inequality.
Learn about international development work and strategies.
Knowledge about practical, simple, and sustainable solutions for some of the big problems that rural communities face (e.g. food insecurity and unsafe drinking water).
Learn about global health and what can be done to improve it.
Experience in raising funds for a noble cause and volunteering at international development aid projects.
Practice and develop leadership skills.
Train your public speaking skills.
Build stamina and the ability to do whatever it takes to reach goals.
Realize your power and become the driving force in your life.
Come together with like-minded people and build your teamwork capabilities.