Student Involvement

Are you passionate about social impact? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of those around you?

As part of our commitment to student learning, Keru offers opportunities for ambitious young leaders to join our consulting projects as co-creators of impact. Learn about the latest thinking on social issues and receive mentorship as you develop solutions for groups in need.

How It Works

Keru trips involve students directly into our consulting projects with social impact clients. Students join our team as 'junior consultants' and travel to one of our field locations where they are challenged to develop a solution for an issue facing our client.

In the field, junior consultants are introduced to the social issue through an experiential and inquiry-based approach. We provide training for project-related skills, and organize students in teams under the guidance of a professional mentor to develop their solution. At the conclusion of our program, junior consultants have the opportunity to present their ideas to our client. The Keru team works to implement these solutions into our longer-term project with the client. While in region, our team takes time to enjoy local culture and entertainment activities.

Upcoming Trips

Learn skills, understand complex social issues, make your impact

Improving Child Education in Rural Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Client - Kone Kmeng

Kone Kmeng (means children in the Khmer language) began as a bridge between charitable financial donors and those churches in Cambodia that desperately needed assistance in their desire to work with children-at-risk.

Kone Kmeng’s efforts have grown from several small, temporary outreaches such as motor repair training, and nutrition for babies in poor health into projects that are building the local communities through programs such as non-formal education, micro-loan financing, and sanitation installation programs.

Your Challenge

Perhaps you have heard of “migrant workers” and “left behind children” in China, but did you know that this problem persists in Southeast Asia, too?

In Cambodia’s second largest province, Kampong Thom, 91% of the population of 697,000 people identify agriculture as their main source of income. Due to the major climate changes and natural disasters, the agricultural business in this area is highly vulnerable. Thus, a significant proportion of the population migrates to neighboring countries for work, leaving many young children behind in these villages.

Join Keru this October to help Kone Kmeng address the following questions: what is the state of education in Kampong Thom? What can Kone Kmeng do to help improve student attendance in schools? Student results will be presented to a key senior executive of the company.

Program Quick Facts

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dates: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Program Fee: 19,250 RMB

  • Includes: Local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee etc
  • Doesn't Include: Flight or visa fees

Application Deadline:

  • 8/4 Early Bird 10% Discount
  • 8/26 Final Registration

Water Safety in Rural Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Client - Kone Kmeng

Kone Kmeng (means children in the Khmer language) began as a bridge between charitable financial donors and those churches in Cambodia that desperately needed assistance in their desire to work with children-at-risk.

Kone Kmeng’s efforts have grown from several small, temporary outreaches such as motor repair training, and nutrition for babies in poor health into projects that are building the local communities through programs such as non-formal education, micro-loan financing, and sanitation installation programs.

Your Challenge

In Kampong Thom, Cambodia’s second largest province, 75% of rural villagers do not have access to clean water or sanitation. Unfortunately, myriad cases of diarrhea are prevalent amongst local villagers.

Further complicating this issue, these natural resource-dependent communities are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, changing land use within the province, and natural disasters including drought and flooding.

Join us this summer to help Kone Kmeng address the following questions: what is the state of water quality in Kampong Thom? What processes should the company implement to ensure that it selects the correct local partners? How should it monitor and report on program results? Student results will be presented to a key senior executive of the company.

Program Quick Facts

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dates: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Program Fee: 19,250 RMB

  • Includes: Local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee etc
  • Doesn't Include: Flight or visa fees

Application Deadline:

  • 8/4 Early Bird 10% Discount
  • 8/26 Final Registration

Environmental Protection and Sanitation in Rural China

Nantong, Guangdong, China, Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Client - SiyuanWater

SiyuanWater is a social enterprise that exists to improve access to clean drinking water in underserved communities in China. Their social program involves three elements: the donation of water filters to schools, the collection on analysis of water quality data, and the teaching of water safety awareness classes to students. Founded in 2014, Siyuan has reached over students 14,000 in 3 provinces.

Your Challenge

Historically isolated, Nantong village in Guangdong province has only recently connected to the outside world through infrastructure investments such as construction of a concrete road and the installation of high speed internet. These investments have created new opportunities for growth in Nantong village, in particular, the development of its local specialty produce as a business to support economic development.

As the village grows, what are risks to natural resources such as water and the environment as the village grows? What are the attitudes of local farmers towards sustainability? And, what can be done to address the sustainability issues of the village?

On this Keru program, investigate the environment of rural China with other students and find a solution to these challenges!

Program Quick Facts

Location: Nantong, Guangdong, China

Dates: Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th 2018

Program Fee: 18,700 RMB

  • Includes: Local transportation, meals, lodging, activity fee etc
  • Doesn't Include: Flight or visa fees

Application Deadline:

  • 8/4 Early Bird 10% Discount
  • 9/9 Final Registration

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