Learning Abroad Center
students posing with sports team

Empowering Youth through Sport

Africa & Middle East
Info Session
LAC Program

Explore Kenyan culture and how physical activities can empower youth in urban and rural areas. 

Program Details

Nairobi, Iten, Eldoret, and Mombasa, Kenya
Summer Session
Credit Type
Resident Credit
Learning Abroad Center

Program Eligibility

Student Type
UofM Students
Non UofM Students
Student Year
Graduate Students
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite


Nairobi is the most economically empowered city in East Africa. It has been called the "green city of the sun," home to close to three million people as well as giraffes, zebras, and lions.

Throughout your three weeks abroad, learn how sports, from soccer to yoga to marathons, are all important to a wide range of people in Kenya. Discover how different the bustling city of Nairobi is from the rural town of Iten near the Rift Valley in Western Kenya: The people, climate, and culture change as you leave the city. 

Regular participation in physical activity and sport is essential for positive health outcomes and is a tool utilized to empower youth around the world. Cultural and environmental circumstances can either facilitate or challenge opportunities and efforts among youth.

Visit different individual and community organizations to learn how physical activity and sport extends beyond just bodily movement and exercise, but provides long-term opportunities for youth. Engage in service projects and discuss activity in the context of Kenyan culture, while remaining cognizant of your own American culture.

Housing & Meals

Your housing will be combination of homestays and hotels depending on location. Specific details will be provided as the program itinerary is finalized. Welcome and farewell meals and some additional meals are included in the program fee. Cook additional meals in the housing or dine at local eateries.


Excursions will take place in Nairobi and Iten, near the Rift Valley. Attend orientation at Nakuru National Park, combining a safari with preparation for three weeks in Kenya. You will also visit several sports academies and youth foundations in Nairobi and Iten.


All program participants will take the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight; you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center about your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.

It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop independence by challenging yourself in a new environment
  • Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
  • Explore a specific topic through experiential and interdisciplinary approaches

Faculty & Staff

This program is led by Daheia Barr-Anderson, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, College of Education & Human Development.

Program Structure

Program Level
3000 level coursework

One 3-credit course

This course has all instruction abroad during summer 2022


The content of this course will employ a cultural studies and experiential approach to exploring the health benefits in development physical activities for Kenyan youth.

You will be asked enagage with the subject of Kenyan culture and physical activity of Kenyan youth in a variety of ways. This course will be interdisciplinary in nature, and you will critically engage with various aspects of culture, community, gender, and modern Kenya.

You will complete 8 assignments for this course along with a variety of readings.

Possible assignments include a pre-departure quiz, development goals paper, social media/blog postings, daily journaling, and a community engagement project & presentation. You will be expected to participate in all class excursions and discussions.

This course must be taken A–F. S/N grading is prohibited.

Receive credit for: KIN 3254

Dates Details

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Program Term Program Dates Application Deadline
Summer 2022 June 6 - June 30, 2022 March 15, 2022

Program dates are subject to change.

If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.

Orientation Dates & Locations

Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

Term Abroad Date/Time Location
Summer 2022 TBD TBD


Summer 2022 Cost of Participation forthcoming

Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $6,500–$7,200. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.


Be aware: Learning Abroad Center programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.


The COVID-19 vaccine is required by the host country and/or on-site partners and facilities for most study abroad programs. Complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now


After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

  • Application Essay

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit an additional essay. It will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when it has been added.

Next Steps

After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

Program Contact

For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

Lindsey Lahr or call at 612.625.9370