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Windhoek, Namibia IQP Project Center D15
|Restrictions:||WPI applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
|Project Opportunity:||IQP||Housing:||Shared rooms in a bed and breakfast|
|Director:||Creighton Peet||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 Term:||2014-2015|
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The Republic of Namibia in southern Africa is characterized by extensive national parks, deserts, seaside ports, livestock farms, and towns. It also maintains an excellent infrastructure of maintained roads, clean water, and high-level services.
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.
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 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.
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
Water conservation - Exploring sources of inefficiency and making recommendations to reduce water consumption in Namibia’s schools
Education and environment - Creating a computer game to increase Namibian students’ awareness of biodiversity around them
Other projects have investigated alternative energy sources, improved water sanitation, analyzed broader economic development problems, improved low-income housing, explored museum design and exhibition, developed educational delivery systems, and enhanced tourism development.