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  • Locations: Moshi, Tanzania; Ngorongoro, Tanzania; Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 01/31/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2019 06/06/2019
NOTE: Decisions will start to be made in December of 2017 and continue on a rolling basis until all seats are filled.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: Zara Tours, Moshi, Tanzania Type of Instruction: Independent Study
Classes With: UGA Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: Yes Scholarship Availability: No
College/School: Franklin Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:



NOTE to Applicants:  The $300 deposit will be due March 1, 2019.  The deposit will be applied to the program fee.  The remainder of the program fee will be posted on your student account, along with your tuition for the courses you will be taking on the program.  We expect that you will pay these fees at least one week prior to our departure on May 12 (unless your scholarships wait until the Maymester starts).  If you have any questions please e-mail us at

Congratulations to Meredith Paker, UGA's newest Marshall Scholar and alum of the 2014 Maymester in Tanzania.  She follows in the footsteps of UGA's First Marshall Scholar -- Josh Woodruff -- who also participated in the Maymester in Tanzania.  
That's 2 out of UGA's 7 Marshall Scholars!

UGA- Franklin- Service Learning in Tanzania

Tanzania Study Abroad Programs are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to study in Africa. Students have the chance to interact with the local people and places in a hands-on setting instead of in a classroom. All of the courses offered are integrated with one another.  Students learn how to find sustainable solutions to common problems.   This is one of the most economical ways to travel to Africa for half the price of commercial African safaris.
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  work  in  the  community,  and  then reflect  on  the  experience  in  a  final  paper  or presentation.  Academic  credit  is  one  way  that  the students  can  demonstrate  what they  have  learned, and  how  they  have  grown,  throughout  the experience.

The program is different from traditional study abroad because it fully engages the student in the community. Both the student and the members of the community learn from each other in a mutual effort to address issues of importance to the community. It is truly a life changing experience.

Our program works with several different centers for orphans and street children and we are planning to work with a new pre-school that just opened for Maasai children in the Ngorongoro Conservation area (learn about the new pre-school at  

Program Location

True size of Africa (medium)Tanzania mapTanzania is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa, with a democratically elected parliament and president.  It is located between the Indian Ocean and Lake Tanganyika just south of the equator, and includes the highest mountain in African – Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It is a culturally and geographically diverse country, with over 120 different traditional tribes from the tropical coast to the volcanic highlands and the famous East African Rift Valley. Our program is based in the town of Moshi at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  We have been leading study abroad programs to Tanzania since 1998.  You can find out more about our program,about Tanzania, and about our hosts at Zara Tours on our

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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Contact Information

Dr. Lioba Moshi, Program Director
African Studies Institute
Tel: 706.542.5314
Tel: 706.542.2133

Dr. Sandra Whitney
African Studies Institute
Tel: 706.542.5314

Academic Program

UGA - Franklin – Service Learning in Tanzania
Course Offerings (students will take three academic courses for 9 hours of credit)
May 12 – June 6, 2019
AFST 4900s:  Service Learning in Africa:
Students  will  participate  with  local  agencies  to provide  a  service  to  the  community,  designed with those agencies and UGA faculty, to meet the needs of that community,  and  to  enhance  the  academic curriculum  of  the  student.  There will be structured time to study and reflect on the basic issues involved.  Students  will  be  working  in the  community,  and  studying  with  UGA  faculty  and  local agency  officials  to  both  understand  the  issues relating to the need for their service, and to provide that service in an effective way.  The work hours will be determined by the local agencies involved. Supplemental reading  and  discussions  with  both local service providers and UGA faculty will enhance the  student’s  experience  and  understanding  of  the issues.  Prior to departure, the students will meet with the instructors several times to prepare for the project. 

PSYC 3300: Social and Personality Development:
Factors that influence children's social behavior as they are integrated into adult society across cultures. Students will learn about the influence of culture and society on the development of sex roles, aggression, altruism, moral standards, dependency, independence, achievement, and peer relations.
AFST/GEOG/SOCI/CMLT/HIST/ANTH2100: Introduction to Africa:

This course is multi-disciplinary and provides students with an introduction to the study of Africa using Tanzania as a microcosm of the continent. We will survey the geology, pre-history, natural history, modern history, cultures and politics of Africa as we travel across the country experiencing these topics

Optional course credit MAY be arranged for SWAH 3990, AFST 2100 or ANTH 1102/2120H, (with approval of instructors and the Curriculum Office) and for PEDB for those electing to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Program Itinerary

May 12 - June 6, 2018
  • The initial week and a half will be spent in the town of Moshi visiting several centers for orphans and street children and then traveling to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to visit a pre-school for Maasai children.
  • Students selected for this program will also have the opportunity to participate in the field experience in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti with the Maymester in Tanzania students. During this time the Service Learning students will plan their project for one of the centers they visited in the first week.
  • The last few days will be focused on the project the students planned and will be coordinated with the needs assessed by the staff at centers for orphans and street children in Moshi. 
Optional extension to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro from June 5 - June 10 , with return flights on Jun 11-12.  


Tents in SerengetiThe Service Learning in Tanzania is located in Moshi, and students stay at ,the Conference Center at Mwenge University, right at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Three meals each day are included at the hotels we stay in (including the tented camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti).  


Program Costs

The program fee (estimated at $4300) for the 2 weeks in Moshi plus the National Parks Field Experience to the Ngorongoro Conservation area and the Serengeti includes: 
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off from Tanzania.
  • All room and board (including 3 meals per day).
  • Transportation to work sites, cultural events, and educational tours.
National Parks Field Experience (Ngorongoro & Serengeti for 5 days) includes: 
  • Park entry fees.
  • Full room and board.Castle at Oldupai
  • Park tours (game view, historical sites, culture lectures, rock paintings, and Visitor’s Center).
  • Maasai museum, lecture, and village tour.
  • Oldupai Gorge lectures on anthropology and geology
The Program Fees DO NOT Include:
  • Visa & passport costs.
  • Immunizations & medication.  Extra drinks, snacks, and tips (estimated at $250).
  • Souvenirs
  • Airfare to & from Tanzania (estimated at $2000).
  • Tuition for 6 credit hours plus applicable university fees (out-of-state students pay only $250 over in-state tuition).
Optional Program:  Kilimanjaro Hike.  A once in a lifetime opportunity estimated at $1,800.  Includes: 

Application Deadline: The priority application deadline is January 31, 2019.  Later applications may be accepted on a space available basis.  $300 Deposit is due one week after your acceptance into the program.   Applications will be evaluated starting after Thanksgiving and rolling acceptances will start as of Dec. 1, 2018.


Please be aware that Tanzania, like most of the world, is not ADA compliant.  Stairs are unavoidable.  Please feel free to discuss any concerns with Dr. Whitney (  prior to applying to the program.  

Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
1 2 3 4
Accessibility and quality of health care:
1 2 3 4 5
Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
1 2 3 4 5
Academic quality, appropriateness of workload:
1 2 3 4 5
Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
1 2 3 4 5
Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
1 2 3 4 5
Arrangements for and quality of meals:
1 2 3 4 5
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
1 2 3 4 5
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
1 2 3 4 5
Value of the program in relation to the cost:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Sara Nicole Murphy, Maymester 2017 Participant
I know it's cliche to say this, but this trip changed my life. I learned, experienced, and thrived more than I ever thought I could in one month.

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
I really felt like I was immersed in the culture. The people were amazing & so welcoming. We went far beyond a normal tourist visit.

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
I loved all the places we visited. From the local markets and orphanages to the snake park and safari drives, there was always something new to experience and learn about!

Lalyric Antioniece Harris, Maymester 2017 Participant
Definitely grateful to have been able to visit Tanzania. Hands down one of the most influential / best decisions I've made if my life. From the excursions, exposure to the culture, food, the people, and just everything in between I absolutely loved it. I definitely would like to go back to Tanzania again.

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
Our professor has training to treat a student if he/she was was injured. We also knew the location of Kilimanjaro Medical Center in case we experienced a more serious injured that needed to be treated.

Ha Thanh Truong, Maymester 2016 Participant
This program is worth every single penny.

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
Amazing trip!!

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
The service learning booklet gives a detailed description of each day's activities, so there was no real worrying or not knowing what would be expected. The booklet also gave a lot of information about about the country, culture, and history. All of the information came in handy.

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
Amazing all we got to do with the cost.

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
The program couldn't have been any better!

Especially those who are climbing the mountain, make sure you have (or rent) warm enough sleeping bag, parka, and hat. This is a once in a lifetime experience. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. You have a lot of fun and learn a lot in the process.
     — Scott Buie, Maymester 2016
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