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Global Community Engaged Learning

The Global Community Engaged Learning Program (GCEL) at Weber State University (WSU) is a global engagement experience and that instills confidence to exact positive change in the world.


  • Undertake projects in developing nations with in-country partners
  • Alleviate poverty
  • Involve students to help them develop various skills and increase confidence
  • Create proactive global citizens
  • Foster strong collaborations with local organizations and global communities
  • Align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Upcoming Humanitarian Project

From March 2nd to the 13th in 2022 (over spring break), Ghana Make a Difference (GMAD) is inviting a group of WSU students to help finish the construction of a school. GMAD's focus is on children who have been trafficked into forced labor or who have been abandoned on the streets. GMAD's mission is to protect these vulnerable children and to preserve families through self-reliance initiatives.

In this 10-day project, volunteers will stay on GMAD's 5 acre campus in volunteer housing, where the school is being built. They will participate in helping build the school while also making some cultural excursions such as a Kakum National Park canopy walk. The program fee includes the 3 credit hours students will receive for course material completion.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact either Julie Rich ( or Jeremy Farner (

GCEL Project History

  • 2019 - Nabouwalu, Fiji - Constructed a classroom, expanded the kindergarten, installed water harvesting off school, and rebuilt the village hall.
  • 2018 - Tororo, Uganda - Constructed kitchen and dining hall.
  • 2017 - Boane, Mozambique - Constructed school library.
  • 2016 - Chiclayo, Perú - Constructed women’s center, children’s’ preschool, and laid 1 km of pipe for water.
  • 2015 - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Built kitchen and dining hall for orphanage.
  • 2014 - Boane, Mozambique - Constructed a women’s center.
  • 2008 - Kigali, Rwanda - Installed solar panels for school and drilled water well.