This course emerges at the intersection of the community education and community health initiatives that students are working on in Livingstone, Zambia and scholarly, nonfiction writing and memoirs about similar kinds of development work. While collaborating with and assisting Zambians in educational settings (schools, after school programs, adult literacy programs) or in community health arenas (clinics, home-based care, health education programs), students will critically explore how development work is conceptually framed and represented in nonfiction, fiction, and/or memoirs. Students will do this in two ways: first, by exploring a few existing models or examples of writing about development work, and second, by writing a narrative of their own experience as development workers.
Depending on interest, students will be divided into small groups and partnered with local educational, environmental or public health organizations in Livingstone, Zambia. During the days students will work with their local partner and reconvene in the evenings for group reflection, educational activities and cross-cultural exchange. African Impact will provide all in-country logistical and programming support. African Impact's volunteer projects in Livingstone are some of the oldest-standing teaching, medical, conservation, wildlife and sports volunteer projects. These are potential projects that students may be participate in
Dr. Jennifer Reinke is an Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Family Life Educator, and co-editor of Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science. Dr. Reinke’s scholarly interests are centered around the scholarship of teaching and learning in family science.