“Short course alumni will return to their contexts able to take well-reflected actions to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”

3 Themes

The course will touch on content related to these three themes, whose objectives are outlined under each theme. Because we employ the experiential learning model, participants will engage with content through workshops, simulations, excursions, guest speakers etc.

Jamii Project

Jamii is Kiswahili for society. In groups, participants will be given challenges by disruptive community organizations in Nairobi, the goal is to create innovative solutions to these challenges. This is a way for participants to see how to transfer knowledge gained during the course into tangible action.

Personal Development

We place a strong emphasis on personal development as a foundation for youth leadership. During the course this will be cultivated by creating spaces for personal reflection and a strong pastoral care system.

Breaking Barriers

With the principle of deliberate diversity, participants will live and co-exist with people they may disagree with and with people from vastly different backgrounds. Participants will see the shared humanity in each other and recognize the value of engaging in healthy dialogue across societally constructed barriers.


Participants will visit sites in the Nairobi area to see how narratives are deconstructed first-hand. One will be a stay at the Narutenoi Conservancy adjacent to the Nairobi National Park, and the other to Karura Forest.

Guest Speakers

Participants will learn from people whose life and work embodies the deconstruction of narratives. This includes activists, public intellectuals, social entrepreneurs, founders of community organizations among others.


The short course will be for two weeks home to the whole world. 50 participants and 16 facilitators will come together to build a community where everyone feels safe and comfortable. Everyone involved will learn to compromise, to be empathetic, and to be mindful.



The dates for the short course are August 2nd to 17th 2020.


  • Aged 16-19 for the entirety of the course
  • Have a conversational level of English
  • Open-minded and eager to learn
  • Have not been accepted to a UWC school or college

For more information regarding the selection criteria and how to apply, click here


The short course will take place in the Nairobi area, the exact location has not yet been finalised.

Participation Fee

The participation fee for the course is USD 750 or KES 75,000, this fee covers room, board, on the ground transportation in Nairobi, and other course related activities. This fee does not include medical insurance, travel insurance, transport to Nairobi. The course is entirely volunteer run, therefore the course fee caters for the direct costs to run the course.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is available for those who cannot afford the participation fee, therefore cost should not be a barrier to attend the course. For participants receiving financial aid, and with the highest need, we may also offer travel grants to subsidize the cost of travels and visas if applicable. To apply for financial aid, please indicate in the application that you are, and fill in the financial assessment form. If accepted into the program we will work with you to create a financial aid award that meets your demonstrated need.