Sunday, 15 January 2017

Hello, Spring 2017!

USP Spring 2017 (and our three Program Assistants)
Every semester brings us a unique combination of students from various schools, academic disciplines and interests, giving each group its own distinct flavor. This semester we have 18 students from 11 different schools in the US: Messiah College, Bethel University, Calvin College, Waynesburg University, Anderson University, Wheaton College, Dordt College, Liberty University, Olivet Nazarene University, Southeastern University, and Cornerstone University. We have 12 students in our Social Work Emphasis (SWE), eight of whom are seniors and four juniors. We have three General Students (GSE) students and three Global Health (GHE) students. All of our students this semester have chosen to live on campus in the dorms, so will be focused on getting to know their UCU roommates/ hall mates, as well as exploring various ways to get involved on campus.

With one full week of classes and practicums under their belts, students are settling in to their two-week homestays in Mukono this weekend, getting to know their Mukono families and learning what daily life is all about for many urban/suburban Ugandan families.

A few fun snapshots from Orientation:
Rachel, Alex, Julia, Paige and Nate arriving at Entebbe Airport

Program Assistant, Benji, teaching the students how to wash their laundry by hand,
a necessary skill to start to develop!

Eating at the Dining Hall (DH)

Debriefing the Mukono Scavenger Hunt

Discussing expectations at the Faith & Action retreat

All ready to get dropped of at their 2-week Mukono Homestays! 
We are excited about the semester ahead and all that it holds; for the opportunities for learning and growth for all us as we walk this journey together, both staff and students.

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