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International Community Development Initiative
NGO Internships & Community-Based Research: India, Latin America, & South Africa
Appalachian State has developed partnerships with NGO's in southern India, Latin America, and South Africa. These partnerships allow for both student and faculty involvement via service-based internships and community-based research. Depending on your discipline, availability, class level, career goals, research interests, etc. we can find a placement to suit you.
You will have the opportunity to serve with non-governmental organizations (NGO's) that work with the following populations/issues: literacy/education, empowerment of women, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, health/nutrition, abuse/trafficking of women and children, sustainable development and environmental resource management, NGO start-up/support, human rights, micro-credit loans, children with intellectual disabilities, children who are orphaned, people with mental illness, people who are homeless and/or living in severe poverty, and much more. Please see the materials below for details...
Participating in this program will be an opportunity of a lifetime -- one that will help you grow personally and professionally, while helping you to develop intercultural skills through some tremendous experiences! Take a look at our blog to read about the experiences of your fellow ASU students.
Students must be/have:
- juniors, seniors, or graduate students
- seeking academic credit for this experience
- at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
- completed a significant amount of service-learning and/or volunteer work (either domestically or internationally)
- previously studied or traveled abroad in a developing nation for at least a week (e.g., a mission trip, iASE, etc.)
After reviewing the materials below, please contact Dr. Brian MacHarg, Director of Civic Engagement at email@example.com or 828-262-2545 or Allison Crook or Hydeia Hayes, Graduate Assistants for Service-Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or 828-262-2545 to make an appointment. Download the ICDI Student Application and Student Checklist Below
ICDI Application Deadlines: Fall/Summer Semesters, January 25th; Spring Semester, August 25th. Please note that the Office of International Education & Development (OIED) application deadlines are 3 weeks after the ICDI deadlines (Fall/Summer Semesters, April 1; Spring Semester, September 15). All applicants are REQUIRED to complete both the ICDI application (above) and OIED application.
Latin America Info
Southern India Info
South Africa Info
Frequently Asked Questions...
Who is eligible?
See above for requirements. Also, be sure to talk with your Advisor to see if these opportunities will be counted as credits within your program of study. Each major/program has different requirements, so you will need to inquire about the specifics of YOUR program.
How much does it cost?
You will be paying App State tuition/fees for the course credits you earn, and your room and board costs will be different depending on location -- often home stays are available for a small fee or the NGO may be able to accommodate you.
You are also required to pay for all air/ground transportation, your meals, health/accident insurance of $1.32 per day, and ASU's Office of Int'l Education & Development administrative cost of $100.
What time of year may I do an internship or study abroad?
Each program, organization, and region is a bit different, so be sure to check the list of opportunities (see above) carefully to make sure the timeframe fits with your program of study. Keep in mind that their summers/winters are at different times of year than ours.
How far in advance must I plan?
We suggest that you begin planning one year in advance in order for you to get all of the pre-travel necessities (passport, visa, vaccinations) taken care of, as well as providing us with enough lead time to set-up a quality experience, housing, etc. for you. Also, make sure you have a FAFSA form on file with ASU Financial Aid if you plan to use federal aid to support this experience. Application Deadlines: Fall/Summer Semesters, January 25th; Spring Semester, August 25th. Please note that the Office of International Education & Development (OIED) application deadlines are three weeks after the ICDI deadlines (Fall/Summer Semesters, February 15; Spring Semester, September 15). All applicants are REQUIRED to complete both the ICDI application (above) and OIED application.
Are these countries/areas safe?
Although the world changes daily, we believe that the areas we have chosen, as well as the partner organizations, are reasonably safe. Staff and faculty members from App State have personally traveled to each of these areas within the past year. We highly recommend that you do not travel alone (especially at night) and that you always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. In addition, we always recommend that you check the U.S. Department of State website for any travel warnings. If a travel warning is issued for a specific country, we do not allow Appalachian students or employees to travel there.
May I bring a child or partner with me?
This will depend on the location you choose. Some will be able to accommodate your child/partner, and others will not. You will be required to pay for all costs for this additional person, as well as $2.22 per day for dependent health/accident insurance.
The International Community Development Initiative is a program sponsored by Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) and the Office of International Education & Development