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Ugandan boat ride
Experience campus living
Experience campus living
Engage in a variety of direct service-learning projects
Explore Your Passion and Empower Global Communities
Welcome to a unique, first-semester educational opportunity that helps you in getting to know yourself better, while helping others. The Carlow faculty have designed this immersive experience so you immediately can apply your learnings in real-world settings to make a meaningful impact. In addition to core curriculum courses that you can apply to most majors, you will spend 4 weeks abroad in Uganda.
Experience campus living and a structured self-reflection learning program focused on reinvigorating your passions and your purpose in life
Serve alongside your peers, through service-learning projects in the fields of education, healthcare, social justice and more
Benefit from onsite counseling to help you discover and process your strengths, interests and skills throughout your experience
Minister to the needs of Ugandans, igniting your global perspective of the ways in which you can best serve yourself and the world around you
Apply what you learned, sharpen your problem-solving skills and make positive contributions through service and volunteer opportunities at Ugandan schools and health care clinics.
One of your guides and mentors abroad will be Global Center Director, Susan O’Rourke. She has led study abroad programs for decades and is committed to helping you become immersed in the Ugandan culture with amazing moments and adventures. Alongside Susan will be a counselor available to students, both are trained in healthy relationships, stress management practices and study-abroad protocols.
Serve, Learn & Volunteer
Volunteer (provide tutoring and engage in fun learning activities) at Noah’s Ark School for Children with Disabilities in Entebbe
Participate in service projects (plant orchards and tend to school gardens) for Bright Kids Uganda on Lake Victoria Island
Serve (provide instruction and adapt learning materials for children with disabilities) at Silver Memorial Inclusive Community Learning Center (SMILE) in Opucet
Assist with vision assessments and distribution of donated eye glasses for seniors and school children
Meet a New Culture
Hear inspiring life stories from locals, young and old; learn about their history including the effects of living as a British colony and subsequent years of conflict
Become familiar with local customs and their challenges
Interact with people living in remote villages without access to electricity, clean water, phones or computers
Prepare, taste and eat authentic Ugandan food
Take amazing adventures
Visit the source of the Nile River and go white water rafting
Take a hike to the tallest waterfall in eastern Africa, Sipi Falls
Observe animals in their natural habitat on a three-day safari
Visit Chimpanzee Island
An impactful experience
“I would go back and serve in Uganda in a heartbeat. I wish I had more time there. It had a huge impact on my life after returning and loved the opportunity to be able to have an impact on the lives of those there.”
– Kaylee Goblesky, Carlow University Nursing student
Global Center Director, Susan O’Rourke has been working in Uganda for 10 years (since 2012). She has personally selected the comfortable and secure living facilities for the Uganda service-learning program and prearranged secure transportation through established partners in Uganda. Dr. O’Rourke has developed experiential learning and service projects through established partnerships and non-government organizations (NGOs).
Partners such as:
Noah’s Ark School for Children with Disabilities
Bright Kids Uganda
Silver Memorial Inclusive Community Learning Center (SMILE)
Prime Tower Primary School
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If you are interested in the Discovery program, and have questions, email us or give us a call. We’re here to help!
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