Our experiences affirm a growing consensus that issues of poverty, hunger, and justice are intricately linked, and that to address these, an integrated approach is required. Therefore, all HNGR internships include supervised study and service related to specific development issues, all in the context of cross-cultural experiential learning.
Over HNGR's 36-year history, the Program has placed interns in the countries listed below. This is a historical list; for security and other reasons, the HNGR Program does not currently send students to all the countries shown.
Papua New Guinea
Central America / Caribbean
Central African Republic
North Africa / Middle East
Eastern Europe / Central Asia
Advising and Supervision
During their internships, students are answerable to and under the direct supervision of their host organizations. HNGR Program staff provide additional supervisory support and are in regular contact with students.
A faculty or staff member of Wheaton College, ideally the student's academic advisor, visits the student at the internship site, generally during the third month of the internship. The purposes of these visits are academic advising, mentoring, and to facilitate collaboration between the intern and his or her field supervisor. In most cases, the independent study project is the main emphasis of the visit, as the study is an important outcome of the internship, and will ideally prove beneficial to the organization.
HNGR gives students the opportunity to live with a local host family in order to build understanding and friendship. The homestay experience is considered one of the core aspects of the internship, and provides students with incredible insight into their host culture. In a few locations it is not practical to have students in homestays; in such cases, interns live in rooming houses or other situations which provide cross-cultural integration.
HNGR interns are responsible for all their expenses, including international and local transportation, lodging, meals, and other costs. However, a six-month HNGR internship generally costs less than one semester on campus, and if the student is eligible for financial aid on campus, in most cases they are eligible to receive the same amount of aid during the internship. The HNGR staff are available to help students estimate an internship budget.