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Join the Global village

In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, it is our duty as a nonprofit, non-governmental organization to provide a window into the lives of remote villages in Africa. Through our Experiential Cultural Internship program, we give graduate-level students a chance to live and work in African villages where they will administer and design solutions for our programs.  Living in an African village, students have an opportunity to immerse themselves into their cultures and forge lasting relationships with the communities in which we operate.

Choosing Programs

Ripples Foundation Cultural Immersion Internships are interdisciplinary experiences available to undergraduate and graduate degree students. We encourage students from different majors to participate in our internship programs. Ripples considers your individual educational level and experience in working with you to tailor experiences that are educational and impactful for both the community members within which you serve and you.

Learn more about Choosing Experiential Cultural Internship Programs

Ripples Interns Change Lives

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Public Health,
University of Washington

“My first exposure to Nigeria was enriched with the spirits and characters of the people living in the Ogidi village. As an American public health student, we study and read case studies and examine data regarding African village people, but to actually interact…”

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Master International Development Studies,
Wageningen University and Research. Netherlands

“This summer I traveled to Nigeria as part of my internship at Ripples Foundation. I would like to share the lessons that the country and its people have taught me with you. In this way I hope to inspire you who want to help empower African women…”

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BSc Information Systems,
University of Missouri in St. Louis

“If you haven’t heard Ripples’ music, take a moment to watch one of our videos and listen. Grisly, jazzy and lyrical, our music weaves our story through its smooth melodies, meticulously wrapped into a consistent, overarching ‘sound’. This was no small feat, as our former intern who made the themes, Marc Wanninger, would attest. At the start…”

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Master’s degree in Social Work,
Washington University

“Our Intern, Peichen, was pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis when she applied to our program. Peichen applied for Ripples’ Experiential Internship program looking for an opportunity to gain experience in the field she ultimately wanted to work in: Program Evaluation. She was surprised and excited to learn that through our program, she would do more than just assist the evaluation process…”

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