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LEAD International Capstones

International LEAD capstone experiences are available during the summer term in Belize and Tanzania. Information regarding the capstone experiences for 2017 are below.  Click the informational links to learn more about each site and project.  Please note, all prices are a flat fee.  LEAD and Drake offer a variety of scholarships for international experiences to assist with the cost of international capstone experiences.

Punta Gorda, Belize

Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE)


The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) is a leading Belizean NGO working to protect some of the most pristine coastal and marine ecosystems in Central America, by putting local communities at the center of our conservation efforts. Ridge to Reef Expeditions was launched in 2014 to connect tourists, students, and volunteers to TIDE’s conservation work. There is huge potential for LEAD students to help the village strive towards economic sustainability and development. In 2015, the LEAD students Adam Graves and Danielle Day helped the village by creating marketing materials to promote the village, the restaurant, locally produced items, new guest houses, and tours such as coconut oil making. In 2016, Kaitlin Brueggen, Alexander Maciejewski and Anna VanWaardhuizen interviewed local people from Punta Gorda and surrounding villages, complied a book of natural remedies and distributed it in the town. There are opportunities to work with nutrition, environmental programs, local business development and promotion, health or education. Students interested in this experience can work with TIDE to personalize their program to their academic interests.

Ridge to Reef Expeditions 2017 Information

Time frame: Sunday, June 18th - Sunday, July 30th

Cost: $6594 for two students and $5969 for three students.  Price is paid individually and includes program, housing, meals, and tuition.  Excludes airfare and insurance costs.


Ridge to Reef:

Same, Tanzania

Empower Tanzania


Empower Tanzania works in partnership with rural Tanzanians to improve their quality of life. We address the underlying issues that hinder resiliency in rural areas, such as health care, education, agriculture practices, markets for products, and increasing water supply and quality.

The Improving Women’s Health Program meets an important need in rural communities where basic health education can result in improvements in the health of women and their families. Under the direction of our program manager, women representing each of the 26 Wards of the Same District have been hired and trained to deliver basic health education programs in their communities. With the active support of local government officials and church leaders, these 26 Community Health Educators use training videos produced in the States to present basic health information. The Improving Women’s Health Program will continue to provide educational seminars on such topics as Hand Washing, Nutrition, Malaria Prevention, Family Planning, HIV Prevention, and Reducing Gender-Based Violence.

Last year, LEAD students Emily Lammers and Avani Patel worked with the organization in creating informational and promotional documents about health, finance and other important topics. In addition, they also designed a plan to allow women to help the women of the village create a sustainable business making reusable menstrual pads. This was a part of their work with gender-based violence support groups.

Next year, students will have similar opportunities to work with people in the village. Empower Tanzania will work with students to create a project prior to their arrival in Tanzania. Current options include supporting businesses created by women in the gender-based violence support groups, promoting women’s health education or working on a program to teach English
in the primary schools. While these are possible projects, the program is flexible to student’s academic interests.

Time frame: The program is six weeks long, dates are flexible.

Cost: $4,691, estimated per student.  Includes most meals, transportation, housing, program with ET, as well as summer tuition.  Excludes airefare.

Empower Tanzania:

Health for Life Program:

International Studies Abroad, Capstone & Internship Options

This year, LEAD created a partnership with International Studies Abroad in order to offer more options to our students who wish to finish their capstone or internships abroad. Their service learning programs are offered in locations around the world. Students who are interested in completing a program with ISA will need to work with the LEAD department to establish their program and confirm that it will fulfill all necessary requirements.

Time frame and cost:  Varies by location. A breakdown can be found at


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