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GLP Expedition volunteer with South African childWe annually recruit volunteers, who spend between two to six weeks working as teams in GLP supported schools. Living in a foreign country and being immersed in a new culture can strengthen your resumé by giving you skills such as problem solving, independence, and critical thinking.

  • Our volunteers work with staff and students and are responsible for investing in the schools and their surrounding communities.
  • Team members are selected on the basis of their having the qualities to offer a means of improving the delivery of education at the project site. This may mean a variety of things, such as having a team of engineering students assist in building a library building or installing a water catchment system.
  • The visiting volunteers are accompanied by a GLP local project coordinator. Depending on the time of year, we also have local college students accopany the visiting volunteers. This inclusion of the local college students is to facilitate knowledge exchange.
  • Volunteers must document their experiences within "blog" entries. They also help to create manuals about the projects they complete which then become a resource in the Community Learning Center to assist in maintaining the particular project.
Global Learning Expeditions* (All Costs are Subject to Change Without Prior Notice)
  Kenya South Africa South India, Tamil Nadu Caribbean


Teso District, Western Kenya
Kibera (Nairobi)
Randfontein, Gauteng Gandarvakottai Kancheepuram St. Vincent & the Grenadines


July 2011


Jan. 2-14 & Aug. 1-14

Limited internships only

Limited Internships - Summer 2011

Program Fee** Basic (10-14 Days Trip) $700.00 $850.00 $875.00 TBA $500.00
Estimate of Hotel Accomodation Option Home Stays TBA $900.00 TBA TBA
Estimate of Home Stay Option $500.00 N/A N/A N/A TBA
Estimates of Airfare $1650.00 $1700.00 $1900.00 $750.00
*For groups travelling together (10-15 persons), members are expected to raise funds (currently about $125.00 per person) to effect the project they have committed to. Below are several of our past trips.

** Not included: Airfare and travel expenses; passports, entry/customs requirements, all applicable visa fees, airport departure taxes, travel medical insurance, meals outside the program, sightseeing and free-time expenses, items of personal nature (such as laundry, medicine, emails/phone calls).

We do not charge an application fee. A non-refundable deposit fee of $125 is required to secure your placement once accepted into a Global Learning Expedition. This amount is subtracted from the overall program Fee. GLP works incredibly hard to keep our costs at a minimum. Our affordable program fees allow anyone wishing to volunteer overseas the opportunity to do so. We encourage you to compare us with different organizations and assess their costs and program inclusions compared to ours.

Global Learning Internship Opportunities

GLP currently offers several summer internship experiences in Kenya, South Africa and South India (on a limited basis). We also offer a summer internship program in conjunction with Princeton University. The Princeton Office of International Programs (OIP), seeks to give Princeton students “firsthand encounters with the peoples, cultures, and contemporary concerns of other regions of the world.” For more details see HERE.

Our interns will join with other volunteers working in the rural areas of Teso Destrict, Westrn Kenya; Randfontein, South Africa; and the Delta region, Tamil Nadu, India. There they are mainly placed in middle or elementary level schools. These are schools with many enthusiastic students but which also struggle with significant resource shortages as well as staff shortages and/or skill deficits. Download application form HERE.

Inerns have reported the following benefits to participating in these internship placements...

• Ganing an understanding of the field of education from an international perspective.
• Expanding cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills.
• Preparing participants to work in increasingly diverse classrooms.
• Broadening of academic horizons.
• Globalization of world views.
• Improvement of language skills.
• Enhancement of coursework upon return to campus.

By its nature, education takes place in a cultural context. There is much to be gained from understanding the history and traditions of cultures outside your own. These international internships are exciting ways to begin to discover new approaches and build your professional skills.

----------------- A SAMPLING OF STORIES FROM PREVIOUS EXPEDITIONS -----------------

Volunteers Create Community Group in front of completed Tate libraryLearning Center for South African Community

painting exterior of Tate libraryAUGUST 2007.-Some two dozen plus GLP volunteers, a dozen middle school and high school students accompanied by parents and teachers made a difference for one South African community this summer. The group spent two weeks in South Africa during which time they distributed books to create nine school libraries as well as volunteering to help create a community learning center (the Thelma Tate Community Learning Center) in Witfontein.

To see story of entire trip CLICK HERE!

Summer 2006 Volunteers Help Build Water Harvesting System in Arid Eastern Kenya

Japheth O Oduor (JKUAT), Kevin Tevis, Jennagloria Pacheco, Diane Manibo, Reema Shah, Evelyn Osilli (JKUAT)Four undergraduate students from the Rutgers University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-Rutgers), spent three weeks of the summer in arid eastern Kenya (Aug. 6-26). Accompanied by two Kenyan local college students (Japheth Oduor and Evelyn Osilli), they worked under the direction of GLP Kenya project leader Inyaa Barnabas to build a water harvesting system for Isungulini School in the Makueni district of Kenya. The project will provide a reliable, healthy water supply for a village of some 200 families that survive as subsistence farmers.Female engineering students from Rutgers University

<-- Japheth Oduor, Kevin Tevis, Diane Manibo, Reema Shah, Jennagloria Pacheco and Evelyn Osilli

The Rutgers EWB students also visited a second Global Literacy Project supported village in Teso district of Western Kenya where they collected data necessary for designing and building a small bridge to connect two rural villages, and to enable transport of rural agricultural products to the market across the small river that is often impassable during the long rain season. The Rutgers EWB students hope to return to Kenya in the future to collaborate with Kenyan engineering student volunteers from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture And Technology (JKUAT) in building the small bridge for this section of Teso.

To see story of entire trip CLICK HERE! Coverage in Rutgers University's Focus is HERE.

2006 "Global Learning Expedition" Volunteers Create AIDS Orphanage Library in South Africa

kids by welcome sign to SowetoThe January 2006 trip had as its goals: (1) To gain insight about and witness the human rights struggles of the Republic of South Africa as the country rises above its recent past of apartheid-based race and gender oppression; and (2) The creation of a children’s library at the Carroll Shaw Memorial Center because the orphans at this home do not have books, and need literacy as a foundation for their human rights struggles

(Group Picture: Expedition members as they toured Soweto, South Africa. During the apartheid regime, Soweto was constructed for the specific purpose of housing African people who were then not allowed to live in areas designated by the government for white settlement)

Expedition members visited Nelson Mandela's former home in Soweto (now a museum), as well as the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). At the commission they were hosted by its Deputy CEO, Mr. Bongani Richard Khumalo.

The trip was thus a mix of educational tours and experiential learning, especially when they got to the main goal of the trip--the conversion of a barn located at the Carroll Shaw Memorial Center into a children's library. Reverend Zacharia Motaung was our host at Carroll Shaw.

Sanders library-Before cleaning up library building Whitewashing Sanders library
hand painting kids painting bookcase Sanders library-AFTER

To see story of entire trip CLICK HERE!

2004 Consultants Give Exam Students Insight

The 2004 Global Learning Expedition saw a variety of GLP facilitated visitors in Western Kenya. Specifically, GLP undertook to begin a conversation about how to stimulate the incorporation of donated reference materials into the daily academic lives of students at participating schools.

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Bishop Sulumeti Girls High School

Teso District

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Chelelemuk Primary School

Teso District

  • From the New York school system, consultant Simone Bingham spent several weeks observing primary and secondary schools in the GLP support districts of Western Kenya. Simone specializes in enhancing the teaching strategies used to deliver math concepts to students. With her observations and suggestions, GLP will be working to refine and enhance our “Math/Science Initiatives” to make them more relevant and effective to local student needs.
  • A group of volunteers made up of GLP and PAMLO (Pan-African Mentoring and Learning Organization) members conducted a two week-long full immersion exam preparatory exercises for students in GLP supported schools. This was the first time that any such district-wide initiative had been conducted. The national exam that the students were being prepared for is one that determines much of the future life chances of Kenyan students, yet, for many of these rural students, without the GLP prep program, the first time they would have seen an example of the exam would have been on the day of the actual test.
2003 Global Learning Expedition To Kenya

The 2003 Global Learning Expedition (supported by the Rutgers University Paul Robeson Cultural Center, the New Brunswick Rotary Club, the Alumnae and Faculty of Douglass College and the Rutgers Political Science Department), several New Jersey students from Rutgers University, spent six weeks in Kenya where they worked to advance literacy in several local schools and created a community library in the Teso District of Amagoro Constituency (Western Kenya)—one of the poorest regions of the country. The program was geared towards giving participants insight into the relationship between their own culture and those of the people of Africa. The sharing of ideas is very important, said the expedition leader, Professor Olubayi Olubayi, adding: “The students and faculty come back and share what they have experienced – making this a two way street of learning where everyone benefits.”

file image(In the Group Picture: Left to Right) Jaymie Stein, a Douglass College senior; Sivan Yosef, a Rutgers College senior; Amina Adams, a Masters in Public Policy student at the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Eva Sas, another Rutgers College senior (Here with their guide Sarah Nyongesa)

The study trip was made up of students who spent the past year volunteering with the Global Literacy Project. The participants spent time learning about the customs and culture of the people. as well volunteering at several local schools in the Teso district…

The high point of the trip was undoubtedly working with members of the Teso community to create a community library at Kakapel Community Learning Resource Center. This followed a process of community discussion and involvement from students, teachers and parents.

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For a complete trip report CLICK HERE!

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