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  • Locations: Chilumba, Malawi
  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 05/31/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Joy Wanderi Program: Ambassador
Visa Reqirement: Yes
Program Description:


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Program Description:

This three-week experience provides medical students a chance to experience both the clinical and public health initiatives in Malawi, a highly under-resourced country with significant burden of disease, high maternal and infant mortality rates, and high rates of poverty. Students will spend time both in a local health center, shadowing physicians, clinical officers, and nurses, and in the community working with public health and NGO personnel. Students will also have the opportunity to volunteer with Determined to Develop in their education, nutrition and health, and women’s empowerment programs.
Students will gain a greater understanding of how healthcare is delivered differently in developing countries, as well as a greater appreciation for a different culture.  This experience is immersive, as the students will be living at a lodge in the community and will be interacting with NGO staff and local students.  Cultural and sight-seeing opportunities will also be available.

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Academic Course Information:

This experience will fulfill 60 hours of BSOM Student Initiated Elective (SIE) and 30 hours of the BSOM Service Learning (SL SIE) requirement.  Students are required to obtain approval for this elective from the B1 Electives Committee at least 90 days prior to departure.  Students are also required to complete SMD 612: Healthcare in Developing Countries in the spring prior to departure.  Students will also participate in a pre-departure orientation, orientation upon arrival, and will complete a reflection paper upon return.    

Determined to Develop
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About the Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Sabrina Neeley, Program Advisor, is the Director of the Population Health Curriculum in the Boonshoft School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences.  Her teaching and research interests are in population health, social determinants of health, and health disparities.  She and her family visited Determined to Develop in 2016.
    Matt Maroon is the Malawi site coordinator for this experience and the founder and the Executive Director for Determined to Develop.  He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Dayton, and also holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati (2009) in Cultural and Applied Anthropology, with a focus on medical anthropology. Matt has lived in Malawi for over 10 years, serving as a secondary school teacher and Chief Financial Officer and Acting Director of Miracle Technical College for Orphans before founding Determined to Develop in 2009.  He formerly lectured at the University of Livingstonia, where he held the post of Dean of the College of Social Sciences.

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Meals and Accommodations:

Students will be housed at Maji Zuwa, the preferred housing vendor for Determined to Develop.
  All rooms include mosquito nets.  Rooms are usually shared and bathrooms are close by.  The lodge employs a night watchman. All meals are prepared fresh and the lodge’s water source is safe to drink due to consistent monitoring, filtering, chlorination.  


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 Students must be enrolled in the Boonshoft School of Medicine.  This experience can accommodate no fewer than 2, and no more than 6 students per year.  

Feeding program   

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Before You Leave:

Students will be required to do some readings that will be available to them online. Students will also be required to meet 2-3 times before departure to prepare for travel.
Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete mandatory pre-departure information online a few weeks before departure.
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Getting There:

Students will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets to and from Malawi and should travel together, if possible.  
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Program Costs:

The program costs $1695, not including airfare, visa, immunizations, meals while traveling to/from Malawi, or incidentals.  This cost includes orientation, all lodging and meals, comprehensive emergency medical and evacuation insurance, transportation, and cultural activities.
All students will be required to pay the $100 application fee to UCIE upon registration.  This fee covers the International SOS Medical & Travel Security Services. Students will also be required to purchase supplemental medical and emergency evacuation insurance for $1.20 per day. Students will purchase their airline ticket from the US to Malawi.
The program cost will be paid directly to Determined to Develop. 

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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

You are required to obtain a visa for Malawi.  Information will be provided about securing the visa.  Applying for the necessary visa is the responsibility of the individual student. Visa requirements may be different if you plan to travel to other countries within Africa during your trip.  

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

Students participating in this experience will receive additional instruction and training in universal precautions while abroad. 

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with a UHP Health Insurance Packet  through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)



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