SIT Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights

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Study the intersections of health, human rights, and cities at multiple sites in Kenya, where rapid urbanization is transforming access, equity, and well-being.

Major topics of study include:

Housing policies and practices in Kenya and their implication for health and human rights
Kenyan healthcare systems and healthcare challenges, including demographics, public health education, differential access to healthcare,
Health issues in Kenya, including HIV/AIDS, health issues of orphaned and vulnerable children, women’s healthcare needs, and mental healthcare
Links between access to and reliance on Kenyan healthcare services and the conceptions of human rights of individuals and communities
Successful coalition-building efforts, civil society organizations, the private sector, and others pursuing community-based approaches to myriad contemporary issues

This program also offers an internship.

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Yes, I recommend this program

A life-changing experience

I gained a new way of looking at the world through this program; the cultural immersion experience helped me understand what daily life is like in a low-income country, while stereotypical perceptions of Africa as being only known for poverty and violence. The independent study was definitely a highlight for me because I had clear academic goals and a topic that I wanted to explore; SIT provided all the resources, connections and support to make the research possible. The homestay experiences where we lived with local families were a really great cultural immersion and the families were very accommodating and friendly. However, do have realistic expectations, don't expect luxury accommodation and be prepared to use squat toilets at some point. SIT has fantastic Swahili language tutors who teach well, and with this working knowledge of the language you can feel more confident interacting with locals. Importantly, the SIT programme staff were always friendly, approachable, and trustworthy and we felt cared for at all times.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Field-based study abroad programmes like this are not designed to be very academically intense since the focus is on experential learning. There were not many readings or assignments on the programme. However, for those who really want to learn, there are opportunities for self-directed learning and a student can make their own experience more or less rigorous by doing more background research during their Independent Study component and/or working closely with their faculty advisor, a knowledgeable faculty member from the local university. Also, as an international student, I did not expect to spend 50% of my time with American students (instead of Kenyan or other international students), so there was less diversity than I would have liked.
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