Alternative Spring Break

spring 2017 in kenya: #HOYASINkenya

About the program

This spring break trip combines lessons in international development and historical analysis with site visits and outdoors 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. Starting in 2017, the program will be held in 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.

2017 Trip Cost: $3,250*

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

A limited number of fellowships are available for this trip. Fellowships of $500-$1500 are available through the African Studies program through money allocated by the program and occasionally supplemented by the SFS Dean’s Office. Students who receive a fellowship are required to submit an essay based on their experiences and observations.  To view the application for the fellowship please visit:

Click here to watch a slideshow with pictures from previous Alternative Spring Break trips in Rwanda.

The 2016-2017 application is now OPEN! Apply here:

Application Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2017

*Subject to change based on best-priced airfare availability. Includes transportation, housing, and meals. Does not include vaccinations and visa fees.