Global Livingston Institute: Summer Program

Engage in Hands-on Learning with the Global Livingston Institute

The Global Livingston Institute (GLI) brings students, educators, and community leaders to East Africa on immersion experiences that engage deeply with locals. The GLI operates two campuses in Uganda and is engaged with a number of social impact and community development initiatives in Uganda and Rwanda.

Program Information

Students begin the program with a two-week immersion to introduce them to the country, the culture, international community development work, GLI and its ongoing projects, and a variety of partners doing community development work in Uganda. It will include time in Kampala and in Southeastern rural Uganda and will include cultural activities as well as numerous opportunities to connect with organizations and Ugandans to learn more about the country and ongoing efforts in community development. Students will then have a two week community development placement for the remaining time of the program.

Community development placements for Summer 2024 will be at Kisoro Volunteers Association. Areas of focus include:

  • Women's Health
  • Early Education
  • Climate Action
  • Local Community Development Projects in Conservation

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Housing and Meals

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in guest houses and hotels and at the GLI Entusi Center on Lake Bunyonyi. Most meals are provided as part of the program.

Activities and Excursions

The program includes a wide range of activities and excursions designed to introduce students to Uganda, GLI and GLI's partner organizations. This includes visits to social enterprises and non-profits, engagement with locals, a city tour of the capital city Kampala, and various tours in the Lake Bunyonyi region and other parts of Uganda.

Things to Consider

Program Calendar

Summer 2024


Saturday, July 6

Depart US

Sunday, July 7

Arrive Kampala (Entebbe Int'l Airport [EBB])

July 11-12

Kampala to Lake Mburo

July 13

Lake Mburo to Lake Bunyonyi and the Entusi Center

July 15-19

Lake Bunyonyi

July 20-21

Travel to Kisoro

July 22-29

Community Service Placement Period

July 30

Travel to Kigali, Rwanda

Aug 2

Departure from Kigali

Requirements for Admission

  • Application Deadline: February 23, 2024
  • Eligibility: Preference will be given to Rollins students graduating December 2024 or later. Priority will be given to students who have not already received funding from Rollins to participate in a Field Study or Summer Approved program.

Getting There

  • Flight

    Students will book their own flights for this program. GLI provides airport pick-up and drop-off.

  • Orientation

    GLI will lead a virtual pre-departure orientation. The immersion portion of the program is designed to fully orient students to Uganda and GLI.

  • Visa

    US citizens are required to obtain a visa, which must be applied for online prior to departure. The Yellow Fever vaccination is required and Covid-19 proof of vaccination may be required.


Program Fee

The program fee for this program is covered for students who are selected to participate.


Rollins covers the following costs for participants: on-site transportation, health and emergency insurance, accommodation, most meals on-site, and travel/activities associated with the immersion experience.

Estimated Additional Costs

Airfare: estimated at $2,000

East African tourist visa: $110

A few meals and personal expenses: estimated at $100-$150

Immunizations: estimated at $450

Students will be fully responsible for the costs of obtaining a passport and for any souvenirs/personal entertainment.

Need-Based Scholarship

Students may apply for a need-based stipend to assist with the additional costs. The program fee is fully covered for all participants.

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