Past Review

By (Development Economics and International Development., Clark University) for

CGEE: Windhoek - Nation-Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This was the best experience of my entire life. I learned more about international development in one semester than I did in 3 years of college. The program is well-organized and Namibians are wonderful people. I wish I was still there.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I love the experiential learning. It was far more effective than other ways of teaching.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The site is very well run and Urbanus is very protective and knowledgeable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We lived in a 20 person house most of the time, but did 3 homestays.

* Food:

Food made for us in the house was yummy and we got to try lots of interesting new foods.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everywhere we went and pretty much everything we saw was amazing and not like anything you've ever seen before!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt relatively safe but I am also accustomed to the dangers of living in a city with regular muggings.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


Language acquisition improvement?

Language was not a focus of this program. But we did get to learn a bit of a click language that is fun to know.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
  • Local Students
  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Anyone could benefit from this program. But those who are open and accepting of new experiences and a bit of a different lifestyle will enjoy it most.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa

Course Department:
Instructor: Romanus
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a very cool class and we got to do lots of fun and interesting project and go on fun field trips.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Political and Social Change

Course Department:
Instructor: Urbanus
Instruction Language: English
Comments: There were a lot of interesting projects in this class but sometimes Urbanus would put us to sleep.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.
Course Name/Rating:

Development Process

Course Department:
Instructor: Linda
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was really fun and very interesting. Linda is a great teacher.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.
Course Name/Rating:


Course Department:
Instructor: Linda and Evan
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was fairly useful for building a resume.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.