Summer Abroad Tanzania

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Tanzania—Culture, Wildlife, and Activism

Mweka, Tanzania

Arrive Date:  TBD   End Date:  TBD

Program Overview

This life-changing adventure takes place in the region known for the world’s most famous wildlife parks, including the great Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, and the home of the semi-nomadic Maasai people. The course begins at the College of African Wildlife Management on the slopes on Mount Kilimanjaro and then moves to a Maasai village. We then venture deep into the African bush to live amidst the iconic flora and fauna of the savannah, lakes, and craters. Combining cultural immersion and field lectures on wildlife behavior, conservation, political economy, tourism, human rights, and indigeneity, this course appeals to all majors. Project-based learning and expert-led courses prepare you for independent study projects that aid in community-based efforts of conservation, land rights activism, and cultural survival.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

Program Coordinator:  Sarah Wiens


African American and African Studies (AAS) 177. Politics of Life in Africa (4 units)

African American and African Studies (AAS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only)

Program Highlights

  • Live with the Maasai, learn their traditional ways and the threats to their cultural survival.
  • Explore the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and the biological diversity of northern Tanzania.
  • Learn some of the national language Kiswahili and the Maasai language to interact with locals.
  • Develop independent study projects based on your interests and skills that directly support Maasai empowerment.

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