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  • Locations: Kampala, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: COF applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:


Human Services in a Developing Country - SSW-558, Summer 2020 - Uganda

Estimated Dates three weeks in mid July - early August, 2020: Please note, dates and travel fee cost are subject to change until roster is finalized

This course examines the impact of social problems with a focus on HIV/AIDS in Uganda and the role of the social work field.  It explores the utilization of various professional methods to promote self-sufficiency, social integration, social change, human rights and social justice in a developing country.  The focus is to learn how social work practice skills (micro and macro) can be indigenized in a developing country. The participants will take a 3-week study in Uganda in order to study social problems in the cultural context of delivery of human services in the developing world. 

Estimated Travel Fee: $5,000 - Travel Fee includes round trip airfare, shared accommodation, most meals in country, travel and health insurance, all academic and cultural excursions. Items not included are personal passport fees, visas, international cell phone data, personal spending, laundry and additional luggage.

Apply online by October 15
Upon acceptance, a $400 deposit is due November 15 to confirm your participation

    Open to SSW graduate students and some undergraduates
    3 credits


Hugo Kamya, Ph.D.

Hugo Kamya, Ph.D. is a professor at Simmons University where he teaches clinical practice, trauma, family and narrative therapies. Originally from Uganda, Kamya came to the United States more than 20 years ago. He studied at Harvard University, Boston College and Boston University and began a career in interrelated practices and trainings in social work, psychology, and theology. Kamya’s work has focused on immigrant populations and international efforts to assess social service needs of people affected by HIV/AIDS. His interests include spirituality, narrative and group work. He continues to consult to, and develop collaborative partnerships with, agencies and organizations and to present nationally and internationally, and to do research, train, write and publish on HIV/AIDS, multicultural, diversity and cultural competence issues. He collaborates in a project on community based services for refugees and immigrants that examines social, cultural and human capital toward family functioning and well-being. Over the last few years Kamya has facilitated bilateral cultural and educational exchanges between Uganda and the United States. He has been involved in the Study Abroad Program for over 12 years. In 2003, he received an award from the American Family Therapy Academy for Distinguished Contribution to Social and Economic Justice. Kamya’s work internationally has focused on human rights and developing effective international partnerships. In 2014, Kamya was accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Roster Program. Dr. Kamya has completed a sabbatical semester (Spring 2015) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 


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