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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work



For 10 years, GSSW has offered a course entitled "Social Work in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, and Sustainability." The course, developed in collaboration with the African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), introduces MSW students to the social, cultural, historical, political, economic, ecological and environmental issues facing Kenya and East Africa. The class meets on campus for four sessions before traveling to various locations in Kenya.

This physically and emotionally demanding course is field-based with strong emphasis on service learning and direct experiences. In addition to removing snares used to trap endangered animals hunted for the bushmeat trade, GSSW students work with communities to promote conservation and animal welfare.

For example, they helped introduce community-building solutions like a high-compression brick-making machines that offer people an environmentally sustainable livelihood.

Students also have become friends, advisors and customers of a cultural center established within Kenya's Watha community to generate income from ecotourism. Here, community members demonstrate and preserve a wide range of cultural practices, native dances and basket-weaving skills that provide environmentally friendly sources of income.

Read first-person student and faculty accounts of their experiences in Kenya and in the spring 2012 issue of GSSW Magazine (PDF) .

To see photos and additional information about this course, follow GSSW's Institute for Human-Animal Connection on Facebook.


There are additional costs associated with courses and internships that include international travel, over and above the cost of the MSW degree. These costs can be covered by financial aid for those who qualify. Not every international course is offered every year, and all international experiential courses are subject to modification or cancellation based on State Department travel recommendations and/or restrictions.


For additional information about the "Social Work in Kenya" MSW course, please contact Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi, Executive Director of GSSW's Institute for Human-Animal Connection (303-871-3833).