Zambia Global Service Learning Program Summer

ILR students Marc Masson and Melissa Miles with sponsor, Zambia Service Learning, Summer 2015

The ILR Global Service Learning Program (GSL) in collaboration with the Global Health Program (GH) offers ILR students the opportunity to participate in an eight-week summer GSL program in Lusaka, Zambia. During the summer of 2017, a group of 8 ILR students &Global Health minors will conduct research projects at the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR). The students will work in small groups to write a research paper on an issue relevant to Southern Africa, which will then be considered for publication in one of SAIPAR’s online journals. Students may also assist SAIPAR with other projects, to be determined by the Director of Research and Programs.

To see what past students have researched, SAIPAR publishes Occasional Papers of their work: http://saipar.org/occasional-papers/  (For ILR-specific papars, for 2015, see Miles and Masson; 2014, see Stawasz & Talbot;  2013, Amaechi & Mildner)

Each year research topics change, depending on the needs of SAIPAR.  Past topics have included:

  • The process behind the introduction of Statutory Instrument 47 (2012), which is the revision of the minimum wage. Who was consulted, why did the government choose to introduce it unilaterally and what tension did it create with the various stakeholders (employers, trade unions, etc.).
  • The impact of the revision of the minimum wage, sector-specific (e.g. the construction sector, commercial farmers, etc). Examine the impact in terms of resulting conflict/tension in the workplace and job-losses.
  • The process behind the drafting of the new constitution and the responses from the public (civil society) to the draft constitution (specific topics could be women's rights, e.g. abortion).
  • Judges at the local courts (where most domestic cases are dealt with) are predominantly male. What are the implications for women, in cases dealing with divorce settlements, gender-based violence, abortion, etc.?

For housing, Cornell students will be paired and placed in local homestays arranged by SAIPAR (two students per family).

Costs

ILR students selected for the program will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of room & board in Lusaka. Students must pay for their flights, visas, and immunizations (students can apply for a Cornell grant to cover all or part of the airfare).

Contact

The Zambia Global Health program is managed by the Global Health Program in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.  ILR students interested in applying to the Zambia GSL program can contact Donna Ramil, Associate Director, International Programs in ILR, or Melissa Miles (mjm628@cornell.edu), the ILR Zambia GSL Program Assistant.

Requirements

3.0 GPA and successful completion of Labor and Employment Law by the end of spring 2017. Key qualities and skills: service-mindedness, flexibility, cultural sensitivity, adaptability, maturity, excellent research and writing skills, ability to work in teams, prior international experience a plus.  Seniors returning to ILR in Fall 2017 are eligible.


Application

Eligible students may apply online.  Please read and follow the directions on the application!
The application deadline is Wednesday, November 2, at midnight.