Skip to Content
Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
Windhoek, Namibia Project Center
Windhoek, Namibia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: D term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: D term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
D term 2014-2015 12/05/2014
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
D Term
Project Opportunities:
IQP
Director:
Creighton Peet
Center Highlights:
Community Development, International
Housing:
Shared rooms in a bed and breakfast
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Program Description:

Namibia pic

Location

The Republic of Namibia in southern Africa is characterized by extensive national parks, deserts, seaside ports, livestock farms, and small towns and villages. It also maintains an excellent infrastructure of maintained roads, and in the capital city there is clean water and a high-level services, although no real public transportation system. Students at the Namibia Project Center are based in Windhoek, the capital city, and stay in comfortable bed and breakfast lodging near WPI's partner university, the Polytechnic of Namibia (soon to be the Namibia University of Science & Technology). Students work in the city as well as other parts of the country. They have numerous opportunities to visit national parks and other tourist attractions and to become familiar with African rural life.

Namibia’s well-developed governmental and non-governmental agencies at the national and municipal levels sponsor most projects, which generally focus on issues of sustainable development. Private sector organizations may also sponsor projects. Some projects take place in towns and peri-urban informal settlements. No prior knowledge of Africa is needed, but preparation includes a heavy commitment to learning about the culture of Namibia while preparing specifically for the project.

Projects

Namibia’s well-developed governmental and nongovernmental agencies at the national and municipal levels sponsor most projects, which generally focus on issues of sustainable development. Private sector organizations may also sponsor projects. Some projects take place in towns and peri-urban informal settlements.

No prior knowledge of Africa is needed, but preparation includes a heavy commitment to learning about the culture of Namibia while preparing specifically for the project.

Project Examples

Health awareness - Evaluating an HIV prevention program and identifying ways to increase its influence to make the Polytechnic of Namibia an international leader in HIV/AIDS outreach; improved delivery of HIV/AIDS and other health services to private sector company workers.

Water conservation - Exploring sources of inefficiency and making recommendations to reduce water consumption in Namibia’s villages and towns; evaluating the best way to charge customers for the water that they use.

Education and environment - Creating a computer game to increase Namibian students’ awareness of biodiversity around them; improving the use of technology in university education.

Other projects have investigated alternative energy sources, improved sanitation, analyzed broader economic development problems, improved low-income housing, explored museum design and exhibition, developed educational delivery systems, and enhanced tourism development.

Resources

Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State

Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control



 
This program is currently not accepting applications.