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Africa: Multiple Locations - ThinkImpact Global Development Program (Summer)
Various Villages, Multiple Countries (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 2.75
Service-Learning: Yes Program Advisor: Alicia Peña -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:
Africa Program
AFRICA : ThinkImpact
"Entrepreneurship in Rural Africa" 
Summer Program 

Through this program, students join ThinImpact in rural Africa on the 2014 Innovation Institute and 8-weeks of total-immersion, experiential learning, and social entrepreneurship. 
Students have the opportunity to choose one out of the following four locations:
  • Ghana 
  • Kaloleni, Kenya 
  • Rwanda 
  • Manyeleti, South Africa

Please, click here for a detailed itinerary outlined per location.
Students will complete a 3-unit independent study in an academic area relevant to their major/minor. The Office of  International Studies Abroad can assist students in identifying a faculty advisor. 
The Innovation Institute rooted in the belief that every community has assets and every person has skills that can be leveraged to stimulate sustainable development initiatives. Ultimately social entrepreneurship and a deep understanding of consumer preferences can stimulate economic growth in the communities where we work.  Over the course of a summer, American students  known on the Institute as "scholars"  live in rural communities, learning about social entrepreneurship and new thinking through intensive qualitative research and exploration. The Innovation Institute is based on values of empathy, curiosity and open-mindedness, and relies on strong cross-cultural relationships to unleash the potential for social change. Ultimately, scholars and community members test new products and services that may be sold through social enterprises, which are managed and sustained locally. Through the institute, community members experience a mind shift, moving from a self-identity of dependence and deficiencies to one of innovation and self-sufficiency.
Learn more about ThinkImpact's Curriculum here


Please, read the following timeline for a smooth application process through USD and ThinkImpact:

Student completes an online application through the USD Office of International Studies Abroad  ( NOTE: All applicants must meet USD eligibility requirements (GPA, good academic standing, student conduct clearance)

Student completes application with ThinkImpact. Application can be accessed here

ThinkImpact will conduct initial review of applications contact student candidates

ThinkImpact selects students for a Skype interview with a ThinkImpact team member

USD confirms eligibility of selected students with ThinkImpact 

Admitted students receive a Welcome Letter and Welcome Packet from ThinkImpact 


For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad. 



All students will be assigned a homestay.


*ThinkImpact has partnered with USEED to provide all USD Institute Scholars with an unprecedented opportunity to rethink fundraising for your summer experience in Africa. Through this unique platform you will connect with other students on your program and alumni with proven fundraising track records. The ThinkImpact and USEED team will work with you to craft your messaging around this opportunity and leverage your network for success!  


Africa Multiple Locations

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)