Travel and Internships with GLI
The GLI is excited to connect students with their academic and professional interests throughout East Africa. Part of the listen, think, act framework requires that students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the complexity of international development abroad. Through immersion travel and our internship program, we set students up with the type of experiential learning that is necessary to their career development. We have cultivated a strong network of partnerships within the public, private and NGO sector that allows us to tailor our internship programming to the passions and curiosities of each individual student.
Specific Internship Opportunities:
Women’s Leadership Retreat: Every June we host an international women’s retreat on a lake in southern Uganda. Delegates from all over the world come to Lake Bunyonyi come together to have conversations, share with one another, and grow their network. Interns would support the planning of the retreat, outreach, documenting the experience, and event management.
Public Health Research and Initiatives: From our facility on Lake Bunyonyi we have launched several projects focused on public health. We are currently carrying out initiatives and research focused on malaria, mental health, female hygiene, HIV/AIDS, sanitation, and nutrition. Reach out to see how you can get involved with our public health work.
Entusi Music Festival: Each September we host the largest free music festival in East Africa. Traveling to cities throughout Uganda with a caravan of musicians we host a concert series promoting a message of HIV prevention and awareness. There are multiple opportunities to get involved with this event whether it is research related to infectious disease or supporting us on the ground in Uganda during the festival.
We are constantly growing so don’t hesitate to reach out to see if we are up to something new in East Africa that might better align with your interests!
The Global Livingston Institute (GLI) is named after Johnston R. Livingston, a visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist from Colorado. Jamie Van Leeuwen founded the GLI in 2009 after traveling to Uganda and Rwanda as part of the Livingston Fellowship he received from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. During his travels, he became aware of the many people and NGOs taking actions in East Africa without truly understanding the needs of the community. He identified the need for people to do more listening and thinking before acting. Ultimately, the idea was to get students and community leaders to rethink the approach we take to international development. Since 2009, the GLI has been engaging students and community leaders in the United States and East Africa to Listen. Think. Act.
What began as a nascent Denver non-profit has grown beyond metropolitan boundaries. Inspired by a vibrant and engaged Denver base, the GLI continues to engage past travelers not just from all corners of Colorado, but from across the United States and throughout the world.
As we grow, we are continually humbled by our supporters and are excited about what the future will hold. When we took our first group of students to Uganda and Rwanda in 2009, we could have never imagined that we would host hundreds of travelers, partner with the people of Kabale, Uganda to form a unique hybrid of job creation, education, and community development at the Entusi Resort and Retreat Center on Lake Bunyonyi, or host the largest free music festival in East Africa.
But we continue to be inspired by the idea that if we bring the right people to the table, work collaboratively, and think big and differently, we can shift the dialogue surrounding international development and create lasting positive change to communities both at home and abroad.
Reach out to Will at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and a brief cover letter explaining your interest.