Group of Master of Strategic Communication Students in South Africa

International Trip

Before and during the trip, you’ll work on a team project utilizing your knowledge and skills by working with an international client. The trip will give you the opportunity to provide valuable communication expertise, including recommendations and collateral, to the organization.

In 2014 and 2015, students worked with Peruvian Hearts, a nonprofit focused on empowering girls through education. In the spring of 2016, we partnered with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in South Africa by developing marketing materials that help reduce the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. We are currently planning the 2017 trip to Cambodia where we will create films for Sustainable Cambodia, an international organization that empowers rural Cambodians with education, clean water, bicycles, and more.

Peruvian Hearts—Peru

Students in Cusco Welcoming Westminster MSC Travelers

Peruvian Hearts works to end poverty and gender inequality by educating young women and creating community leaders in Peru—one girl at a time.

Peruvian-born Ana Dodson developed this nonprofit organization to enable young women to embrace education, believe in their own power, and dream of a life beyond the conditions into which they were born. Peruvian Hearts’ programs are designed to help women of all ages to reach their potential through education, mentorship, and community leadership. The girls’ education and empowerment program, empowers Peruvian young women to break the cycle of poverty through secondary-school graduation and continued education at the post-secondary level in vocational institutes, colleges, and universities. They support three different girls’ homes in the Cusco and Sacred Valley of Peru through volunteers and in-kind donations.

Westminster MSC students worked with Peruvian Hearts on a number of initiatives including website redevelopment, design and implementation of collateral materials for potential donors, photography, interviewing girls, developing dream art, and consulting the organization on branding. The students spent a lot of time with the girls and developed a strong connection to them on an individual basis. They saw the living conditions of rural Peruvians, and were grateful for the opportunity to work with Peruvian Hearts and make a contribution to an organization that is literally changing the lives of many girls and their families.

In addition to the work done with Peruvian Hearts, students experienced the impressive and unique Peruvian culture. They went to Machu Picchu, the Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Saksaywaman, Qorikancha, the Amazon rainforest, and the Monastery of San Francisco catacombs in Lima.

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation—South Africa

MSC Students Filming with Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in South Africa

In spring 2016, students partnered with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) in South Africa to develop marketing materials that help reduce the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. They spent a few days in townships with youth who benefit from the DTHF. They developed films about sex education, sexually transmitted diseases, and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Students also experienced Cape Town, visiting Table Mountain (one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope, the Waterfront, and Kruger National Park.