Williams in Africa supports summer programs and some WSPs in Africa. Winter study courses and summer programs are relatively short, which makes them a good entry point for students who are intimidated by the prospect of travel in countries very different than their own, but they are long enough to be a formative experience for many students, changing their choice of major and their sense of the kinds of work they might want or be able to do upon graduation.
In addition to the summer internship opportunities at EPRI in Cape Town and teaching opportunities with Konyango in Kenya, the Williams in Africa initiative partners with the Winter Study Committee to encourage and support Travel Winter Study courses. Past courses have been led by David Eppel, Kiaran Honderich, Scott Lewis, and Michael Samson,
The most recent examples are SPEC 24: Community Development Work in Liberia (2014), led by Williams Outing Club Director Scott Lewis and WGSS 25: Creating Social Enterprises with Marginalized Ugandan Youth (2015), led by Professor Kiaran Honderich.
Courses in Uganda, Senegal, and Liberia add regional diversity to Williams in Africa, helping achieve the initiative’s goal of comprehensive study of the continent, with opportunities in the three main regions of South, East, and West Africa. Diversifying our base provides a different kind of experience for our students and also breaks down images that Africa is a homogeneous monolith. Those who spend a semester in Cape Town can benefit enormously from a contrasting WSP in Senegal or Uganda, as past graduates have attested.