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Tanzania Study Abroad Options

Group Project Abroad Summer 2018

Through a generous award from the U.S. Department of Education, the Comparative Literature Department will lead a 2018 summer program geared towards the intensive study of Swahili in Tanzania! The program will run June 8-July 6, and it is open to K-12 teachers, administrators, university students, and professors.

For directions regarding the application process, click here. Applications for this exciting new program are now due by December 5, 2017. For more information, check out the flier or contact Dr. Maganda at

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Maymester and Service Learning trips in Tanzania

The best classroom is the one without walls! We encourage motivated, adventurous students to join us in a fun and engaging experiential learning atmosphere on the ground in Tanzania. There are two programs: Maymester and Service Leaning. There are a range of academic topics are offered through these programs, topics which can only be covered traveling through a country as diverse as Tanzania. Expect to gain authentic experiential knowledge by seeing, discussing, and participating in activities you may never have the chance to engage in again.

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Maymester Opportunities

The Interdisciplinary Maymester program travels across northern Tanzania and down to the coast to the city of Dar es Salaam and the island of Zanzibar before returning to the mainland for the safari to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti.  Students earn credit in two academic courses (either in core level or upper level) while participating in interdisciplinary activities.  Additional credit is available for those electing to add the optional Mt. Kilimanjaro climb after the Maymester.

Click here to apply or find more information about the activities and destinations that make up the Maymester program.

Summer Service Learning in Tanzania

Service Learning in Tanzania is an experiential and academic Maymester course based in Moshi, Tanzania at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Students will learn about the issues surrounding the need for Centers for Orphans and Street Children, and about how local citizens are stepping up to fill that need. They will visit several centers, talking with their directors and staff and with some of the children living in the Centers. They will see a wide range of quality between the programs, and will consider why the differences exist. Students will then discuss each center and decide how to distribute the contributions that have been raised to help the children. The program has been working with some of the centers for several years, and students will be asked to evaluate what progress, if any, has been made.

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HOW IS SERVICE LEARNING DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL STUDY ABROAD? Service Learning in Africa involves working with a community on issues defined by that community. It requires study of the issues involved, preparation to address those issues, and reflection during and after the experience. This goes beyond the traditional volunteer service because students study the issues at hand as they working in the community, and then reflect on the experience in a final paper or other presentation. Academic credit is one way that the students can demonstrate what they have learned, and how they have grown, throughout the experience.

Students have the option of adding on a chance to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and they may elect to get credit for PEDB 1100 (Beginning Hiking) if they need PE credit.

Click here to apply or to find additional information about the service learning program itinerary and costs.


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