Walsh School of Foreign Service

Alternative Spring Break in Nairobi, Kenya

Georgetown students met with the National Council of NGO’s during the 2022 trip.

This spring break trip combines lessons in international development and historical analysis with site visits and outdoor adventures in Kenya.

Led by the African Studies program since 2011, this week-long alternative spring break program for graduate and undergraduate students includes visits with government, firms, and development organizations. Since 2017,  the program has been held in Nairobi, Kenya. Students study one of Africa’s most dynamic political economies, which boasts major innovations in health, decentralization, mobile technology, and business, but still faces entrenched development challenges.

Students visit the Parliament of Kenya

Alternative Spring Break 2024

Duration of Trip: 

Departure from DC Saturday, March 2

Arrival in Nairobi Sunday, March 3

Departure from Nairobi Sunday March 10

Arrival in DC Monday, March 11

Cost: ,681*

*Includes: in-country transportation, housing, most meals, and safari.

Does not include: flights, vaccinations, visa fees, health insurance, some in-country meals, U.S. transportation to/from the airport.

Financial Assistance is Available
Financial assistance is available to all students. Those students selected to participate in the program will receive information on how to apply for the financial assistance.

Academic Credit:
Undergraduate students are required to take a 1-credit course. Graduate students can opt to receive credit at an additional cost not included in the program fee.

How to apply?

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The 2024 spring break program application has closed.

The program is open to  undergraduate and graduate students of any program and major. Students do not need to be in the African Studies certificate program to apply.

Applicants will be interviewed and notified of selection in the following weeks after the application deadline. All participants are required to attend a preparation workshop.

For questions regarding the application, logistics, or funding, please contact African Studies Assistant Director, Marta Manzano at Marta.Manzano@georgetown.edu

Meeting with Safaricom staff, 2022

Click here to read what past participants say about their experience! (new window)