Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Windhoek, Namibia D2013

Term – D 2013
Project opportunities – IQP
Housing – Bed & Breakfast (shared rooms of 2 to 4 persons)
Director – Professor Creighton Peet
Preparation – 1/2 unit preparation activity in C 2013
Application deadline – September 29, 2011 (before 1:00 pm)

Photo taken by Amanda Debaie, Namibia D’09


Namibia is a southern African nation of extensive national parks, deserts, seaside ports, livestock farms, and towns, with an excellent infrastructure of maintained roads, clean water, and good services.  Students will be based in Windhoek, the modern capital city, staying in comfortable bed & breakfast lodging with cooking facilities and plenty of common space. We will be located near our partner university, the Polytechnic of Namibia. Students will work in the city as well as other parts of the country.  There will be opportunities to visit national parks and other tourist attractions and some opportunities to become familiar with African rural life.


Namibia’s well-developed government and non-governmental agencies at both the national and municipal levels will sponsor most of the projects, and these projects will generally focus around issues of sustainable development. Private sector organizations may also sponsor projects. In particular, projects typically have investigated alternative energy sources, improved water and sanitation management, improved health and education, improved low-income housing, micro-level income generating activities, broader economic development problems, museum design and exhibition, improving educational delivery systems, and tourism development.  Local towns and peri-urban informal settlements will be the venue of some of the projects.  No prior knowledge of Africa is needed, but the preparation will include a heavy commitment to learning about the culture of Namibia in addition to preparing specifically for the projects. 

Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses*


NOTE:  In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus: groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.

Travel to site (RT airfare)


Local transportation (e.g. taxis)

$  250.00

Food (lunch & dinner every day)


Weekend tourist activities & incidentals

$  900.00

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses


Expenses included on your WPI bill*



Housing (includes breakfast, program expenses,

plus some official transportation)




Estimated Total expenses



Tuition and on-campus housing not included.

* Subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate


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