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Tanzania Service Learning Program: Summer
Please apply for the program through University at Albany on this page as well as Global Service Corps.
Jointly run by University at Albany and Global Service Corps, this program provides a unique opportunity for students to have a true intercultural experience through living and working with the people of Tanzania. Students will live with local host families who will generously share their culture, traditions and cuisine of Tanzania. During rural community development assignments, students will also have opportunities to experience camping in rural areas where they will be working with Maasai groups and other indigenous cultures. Students will learn first-hand about very different perspectives on life, family, time, wealth, nature and religion. Best of all, students will feel the sense of satisfaction that comes from giving something back to the hosting community. Students will also have the chance to travel and sightseeing on weekends, including a daylong safari excursion hosted by Global Service Corps.
Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors of all majors with at least 2.5 GPA with good academic standing are welcome to apply. Students with lower GPA should consult with the Program adviser about whether or not to apply.
Designed for individuals with multiple programmatic interests, this summer program allows individual students to participate in two Global Service Corps program areas (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sustainable Agriculture Food Security) providing a cross-sectoral response to development in Tanzania. Students will spend the first four weeks of the summer program participating in a week of cultural orientation and technical training and the following three weeks assisting with HIV/AIDS prevention education. This will include staffing the annual HIV/AIDS Peer Education and Life Skills Day Camp during weeks two and three. Week four will consist of assisting Global Service Corps staff with additional HIV/AIDS awareness activities. During week five, participants will receive an additional week of technical training in sustainable agriculture and food security. Weeks six through nine will provide opportunity for students to participate as training assistants and apprentices in both sustainable agriculture and HIV/AIDS prevention community workshops. Program participants will also have opportunity to assist Global Service Corps staff with additional hands-on innovative food security field work and trainings.
All students are expected to keep blogs and/or journals that will be reviewed weekly by the on-site Global Service Corps service-learning coordinator. The coordinator will also hold weekly group meetings to provide feedback and guided reflection on student experiences. Students are required tp submit their final reflection papers by the end of the Program. The final paper(s) will be reviewed by the service-learning coordinator for suggested improvements before being submitted to the University at Albany for final grading.
Upon successful completion of the Program, students earn 9 undergraduate credits from the University at Albany.
The University at Albany hosts a general orientation session for all study abroad students and their families on campus during the semester prior to their participation on the programs. The University at Albany staff is available throughout the year to assist students and their parents.
On site support is provided by Global Service Corps' staff in Tanzania.
Program participants will spend the first few days of their program living in a comfortable local hostel. The following eight weeks will be spent living with a local Tanzanian host family as home base. Participants will also camp in villages or stay in local guest houses along with Global Service Corps staff while providing rural trainings.
Please download the most recent Estimate of Costs here: Tanzania Service Learning Program 13-14 including SU13.pdf
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