Service Learning in Tanzania: (Note: INFORMATION MAY BE MODIFIED DURING THE REAPPROVAL PROCESS IF REQUIRED BY THE OIE)
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 Tanzania@uga.edu.
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gPsuWdKPLU&noredirect=1
Tanzania 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
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/UGAtanzaniastudyabroad
Dr. Lioba Moshi
, Program Director
African Studies Institute
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:
Dr. Sandra Whitney
African Studies Institute
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.
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.
The 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).
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.
- 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).
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to applying to the program.