Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
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“I had a truly amazing time in Tanzania. The program facilitated the development of our confidence by continually challenging us to step out of our comfort zone, even if only for a moment, while the staff provided a safety net and support network. Through the diverse set of experiences and situations we were exposed to, we began to grasp the complexity of development and conservation issues in Tanzania.”
-- Kevin N. Smith, Bowdoin College
Explore the delicate balance between ecological concerns and socioeconomic objectives in the vast wilderness expanses of northern Tanzania
Home to Serengeti National Park—the site of the largest wildlife migration on earth—Tanzania features tropical, temperate, and alpine forests. Ngorongoro Crater, a 12-mile-wide extinct volcano, is one of the wonders of the natural world. Within these disparate ecosystems, issues of population growth, land use, and tourism development are in tense juxtaposition with wildlife conservation efforts.
From the program base in the heart of Tanzania's most renowned wilderness parks, students explore the country’s diverse human and natural environments through seminars and field visits to nature reserves and conservation areas. Swahili language study and a rural stay with a Maasai community complement classroom work and field research.
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Program Alum Launches Water Project in Shirati, Tanzania
Inspired by his semester abroad on this program and work completed through his Independent Study Project, Max Perel-Slater (Wesleyan University) applied for and received a grant to go back to Tanzania and complete work on a rain water catchment system in the Tanzanian village of Shirati. By partnering with community members and others, Max is working not only to provide clean water access, but also the skills, knowledge, and resources to sustain progress in community health.
Read Max’s Independent Study Project: The Price of Water: Assessment of the Current Water Situation and Recommendation of Technical Methodology for the Community of Shirati, Tanzania.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Tanzania, Arusha
Language Study: Swahili
Prerequisites: Coursework in environmental studies, biology, sociology, anthropology, or international relations Read more...
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