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2017 CHI Summer Abroad Participants
Now Eligible for College Credit

Program applications being accepted through January 27

January 13, 2017

Sebastopol, Calif.  – Children’s Humanitarian International (CHI) today announced that participants in the 2017 CHI Summer Abroad program – whose application period is open through Friday, January 27 – will be eligible to receive up to three Santa Rosa Junior College credits transferable to California State University campuses.

“Beginning this year, participants in our Summer Abroad program will be eligible for this great benefit – college credit – on top of the opportunity to experience Africa in a way that few other people, let alone American high school students, are able to do,” said Jordan Burns, CHI founder and executive director. To be awarded these transferable credits, CHI Summer Abroad participants will be required to write three papers and make daily journal entries.

The CHI Summer Abroad program takes a small group of carefully selected Sonoma County high school students to Kenya for a five-week program that includes working on projects at the CHI Academy, taking classes on topics including the history of Kenya (including its colonial past), agriculture systems, health education, global humanitarian awareness and service, and Swahili, East Africa’s lingua franca. CHI Summer Abroad participants also travel to a variety of cultural and humanitarian sites including Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley, Kibera Slums, Menengai Crater, and a safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve (part of the same world-famed ecosystem found in Tanzania’s adjacent Serengeti National Park).

CHI is accepting applications from ALL current Sonoma County high school students through January 27. Qualified CHI Summer Abroad participants are eligible for both merit-based and financial need-based scholarships.

The Summer Abroad program includes:

  • A five-week study abroad trip to CHI Academy in Kenya that includes daily classes in Kenyan history, agriculture, society, Swahili (Kenya’s most widely spoken language), global humanitarian awareness and service
  • The opportunity to work alongside CHI Academy teachers helping instruct the Academy’s Kenyan pupils in math, English, history, science and other subjects
  • The opportunity to work on school projects including helping build new classrooms, improving the school garden, expanding the play area, and much more
  • Cost without scholarship: $5,400 – includes airfare, accommodations, meals, excursions (including a safari), and more
  • Scholarship and/or fundraising support offered
  • Dates: June 27 – July 31, 2017 (dates subject to change +/- 2 days)

More information about the Summer Abroad program, college credit eligibility, and applications can be found at

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