Program Code: GVOL0756U
1 June 2020
27 May 2020
GVI Program Abroad
Dedicated to gender equality? Keen to improve health across all age groups? Want to reduce plastic pollution or the poaching of endangered species? Want to help create greater food or water security?
All these causes, and many more, require the engagement of local communities. Our Introduction to Community Development course, which is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, provides the theoretical background that will allow you to carry out this type of work effectively and ethically.
You will explore what community development is, how local context impacts program development, best practice when engaging with and implementing community programs, and ethical considerations in community interventions.
The online course material is based on GVI’s more than two decades of practical experience conducting community development initiatives in locations around the world in close collaboration with local communities. In fact, because we want all our community development interns to know how to conduct community development work, this online course is included in the program fee of all our community development internship abroad programs.
Skills you’ll acquire
After completing this course you’ll be able to:
- understand the reasoning behind different definitions of community development
- identify the common pitfalls of most community development initiatives
- recognise methodologies used to plan and implement community development programs
- choose what best practices to follow when implementing community development initiatives
- reflect on your own perceptions of community development.
Is this course for you?
This course is for anyone who’s interested in improving their ability to make a meaningful contribution to community-based initiatives. It’s ideal for high school, college or graduate students who are considering careers that require an understanding of running community initiatives. Working professionals who need to improve their knowledge of and skills related to community development will also benefit from this online course. Those seniors who’ve retired and are looking for a way to make an impact in communities are also welcome to join.