We encourage everyone to LISTEN and THINK before they ACT.
How do WE listen, think, and act?
Listen and Think: EDUCATION!
Every year nearly 300 students and community leaders join us in East Africa for a series of immersion experiences focused on education and job creation. While traveling with the GLI, the focus is not to fix Africa but to listen and think about the experiences that you are having with the people you meet and the communities you visit. Spend time getting to know the people who live and work in the communities where you travel and engage in a rich dialogue with business leaders, NGO leaders, government leaders, artists, educators, small business owners, and community members in Uganda and Rwanda about what it means to impact positive change. What does it really mean to build a partnership with the people of East Africa?
Our goal at the GLI is to individualize your experiences and make your time in Uganda and Rwanda transformational and life changing! We want you to build your outcomes not before you leave but based on your experiences when you are there. You will spend time in the slums of Kampala and with former child soldiers in Lira; you will meet with the medical teams at the jungle clinic in Lira and Mulago Hospital in Kampala. And with each person you meet and each experience you have and each conversation that takes place, what do you do with what you learn? How will your conversations and your dialogues in Uganda and Rwanda define the approach you take to your work either in East Africa or whichever part of the world to which you return. After you listen and think we want to turn you loose and see what you come up with to impact positive change in your corner of the world!
Simply put, our vision is global.
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Act: SOCIAL IMPACT!
Alongside our passion for education, we believe that job creation is what is going to move people out of poverty and into sustainable living conditions in East Africa. That is why we have aligned our organization with social impact initiatives in the region. And with each student and community leader that travels with us… these social impact initiatives are growing! What ideas will you bring to the table?
To operate our programs in Uganda and Rwanda, we have activated two campuses: our Kampala Campus and the Entusi Resort and Retreat Center. These campuses employ 20 Ugandans full-time. When you provide someone with a job and an income, a lot changes! When people have money that they can invest in education or health care, they are empowered to make their own decisions about how to care for their families and advance their careers.
Over the years, the GLI has provided employment opportunities to hundreds of Ugandans through our various programming opportunities from our student travel experiences to our music festivals. More than 150 Ugandans were involved in the construction of Entusi. And this is just the beginning!
We are motivated by our mission and vision to support job creation, provide job- training skills, and invest in the enormous potential in Uganda and Rwanda. And we are looking for smart, innovative and globally minded students and community leaders to help us lead the way!