The UCR University Extension Impact Academy program provides insight into on-the-ground realities of sustainable development.
It directly answers the need expressed by employers in purpose-driven organizations: that candidates gain first-hand experience of the cultural, political, logistical and economic issues that impede development.
The UCR University Extension Impact Academy is powered by GVI, an experiential education organization that has been in operation for over 20 years. Guided by the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the development goals of local communities, its programs seek to address the greatest challenges in development today.
UCR University Extension Impact Academy is now offering a digital program
From August 1st, join us in completing the UCR University Extension Impact Academy program, digitally! Complete the online component only, with no requirement to book or complete your international fieldwork. We’re offering you total flexibility.
Develop practical skills and learn how to apply unique frameworks, as you work through the 8 online courses of the program. Our online courses integrate video lectures and interviews, practical toolkits and frameworks, as well as self-assessments and project assignments. There are also opportunities for collaborative learning through discussion forums and webinars.
How you will advance
The following courses contribute to your learning journey prior to your international fieldwork.
Gain unique experience in global development through an intense series of masterclasses,
site visits, fieldwork, and a final project with an organizational partner.
What participants will learn
- Participants will learn that the success of development or conservation initiatives is determined by how well the realities on the ground are understood and managed.
- Participants will see first-hand how external factors affect initiatives, how to identify the risks, and how to prevent or manage them to ensure successful implementation.
- Participants take part in experiential learning opportunities across a broad range of organizations.
- Participants gain access to career services including mock interviews, portfolio reviews, recruiting, soft-skills training, and more to help equip them for success in the job search.
Want to know more about our curriculum?
Join a webinar. It’s absolutely free. Senior members of our team will discuss how our curriculum was developed to provide candidates with the specific competencies required by employers in the sustainable development and conservation sectors.