Windhoek, Namibia Project Center

Photo of Namibia
Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
D-Term during spring
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations.

Location and Culture:

The Republic of Namibia in southern Africa is characterized by extensive national parks, deserts, seaside ports, livestock farms, and small towns and villages. Students have numerous opportunities to visit national parks and other tourist attractions and to become familiar with African rural life. Average temperatures in April range from 56°F to 79°F.

Housing and Meals:

Students will stay in double occupancy rooms in bed and breakfast style housing near WPI's partner university, the Namibia University of Science & Technology. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Namibian cuisine is heavily influenced by both the indigenous cultures and German colonials, so foods range from grilled game such as kudu and alligator to Wiener schnitzel.

Past Projects:

Past students at the Windhoek, Namibia Project Center have:

  • Created an educational video to teach rural students about Namibia's ecosystems through a mobile classroom
  • Identified ways to increase sustainable tourism among communities in the Namib Desert
  • Developed a pathway to jobs and self-employment for citizens of Windhoek informal settlements