|Restrictions:||WPI applicants only|
|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|
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.
ProjectsNamibia’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.
Project Types: Health awareness, Water & Sanitation Management, Education, Sustainable Development and the Environment
- Health awareness - improved delivery of HIV/AIDS and other health services to private sector company workers.
- Water & Sanitation Management - Exploring sources of inefficiency and making recommendations to reduce water consumption in Namibia’s villages and towns; evaluating the best way to improve sanitation systems in water scarce areas.
- Education and the environment - Creating a computer game to increase Namibian students’ awareness of biodiversity around them; improving the use of technology in secondary and 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.
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.
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
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Acad Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|D term||2014-2015||12/05/2014 **||Rolling Admission||03/14/2015||05/09/2015|
|D term||2015-2016||10/05/2015 **||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