Semester Term 3
Mid February–Late March
Travel and study abroad for an extraordinary semester, earning high school credits on the plains of Tanzania. Become a global citizen and broaden your worldview as you immerse yourself in local culture, history, and literature, examining the social and economic issues that impact communities around the world.
|Three Course Program
Equity and Social Justice
Active Living Leadership
Mathematics of Data Management
English—choice of 3 options
9:1 Student to Staff Ratio
*Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of February, 2018. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.
Students complete two mandatory courses and choose one elective.
|World Issues: A Geographic Analysis|
|FIRST COURSE OPTION 1|
|This program provides students with a foundation in the sociopolitical structure of the region and a more holistic understanding of a rapidly changing Asia within the larger global context. By studying literature from a wide variety of sources, students refine their analytical, critical and communication skills while gaining a broader perspective of the impact of globalization, conflict and developmental sustainability in our world.|
|Equity and Social Justice|
|FIRST COURSE OPTION 2|
|This course enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical, social, and historical underpinnings of various equity and social justice issues and to analyse strategies for bringing about positive social change. Students will learn about historical and contemporary equity and social justice issues in Canada and globally. They will explore power relations and the impact of a variety of factors on equity and social justice. Students will develop and apply research skills and will design and implement a social action initiative relating to an equity or social justice issue.|
|Recreation + Healthy Active Living Leadership|
|SECOND COURSE OPTION 1|
|This course is dedicated to exploring the benefits of lifelong participation in active recreation and healthy leisure and to develop the leadership and coordinating skills needed to plan, organize, and safely implement recreational events and other activities related to healthy, active living. Students will also learn how to promote the benefits of healthy, active living to others through mentoring and assisting them in making informed decisions that enhance their well-being. The course will help to prepare students for university programs in physical education and health and kinesiology, and for college and university programs in recreation and leisure management, fitness and health promotion, and fitness leadership. Participation and development are the basis and most important components of this course.|
|SECOND COURSE OPTION 2|
|This course explores the influence of human dimensions in a variety of applications. Students examine the historical and environmental contexts that define the relationship between humanity and its environment. The course framework relies heavily on hands-on activities and exercises utilizing the human form in context, and case study applications designed to enhance practical and critical analysis.|
|This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.|
|Mathmatics of Data Management|
|This course broadens students' understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; apply counting techniques, probability, and statistics in modelling and solving problems; and carry out a data management investigation that integrates the expectations of the course and encourages perseverance and independence. Students planning to pursue university programs in business, the social sciences, or the humanities will find this course of particular interest.|
|This course explores the fundamental elements of storytelling in photography and filmmaking, from narrative structure, genre, and character, to cinematic elements and visual composition. Students engage in hands-on digital media production as they learn how to work in a variety of roles. From producing, directing, writing, and editing, all dimensions of the dynamic and collaborative media production industry are examined.|
|11+12||ENG3U + ENG4U|
|The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practice using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.|
|Studies in Literature|
|This course is intended for students who are passionate about literature. Students analyze a range of literary forms including drama, the novel, and poetry, responding personally, critically, and creatively to each.|
|This course is designed for students who have attained a high level of proficiency in their writing skills and wish to focus on cultivating their creative writing talents by participating in prose, poetry, and drama-writing master classes.|
Preparation and Coursework
Our one-week online session is designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates and to help prepare students for their term abroad. Students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted and are required to complete all prep work prior to departure to ensure they are ready for their term in Tanzania.
Departure from Toronto
Our academic adventure in Tanzania commences in Toronto, where teachers and students get to know each other and settle into the rhythm of the program. There, we conduct activities and complete foundational course material before setting off for Africa. All of our preparation allows us to hit the ground running and dive straight into the adventure that awaits.
Foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and Kirua
Residing on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, students take to the hills to explore the region’s diversity of landscapes. This is an ideal location to appraise the study of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, re-evaluate the effectiveness of GDP as a measurement of prosperity, and consider issues of sustainability and equity. Here, students explore village life to get a better sense of their participation in consumer culture while investigating the effects of foreign aid and the international involvement of NGOs. A short adventure takes us out camping in Kirua for a chance to experience Tanzania at its most basic and most welcoming as we work with the village’s youth centre.
On Safari, students have the opportunity to explore an astonishing variety of landscapes and abundant concentrations of diverse wildlife, while camping on the open plains of the Serengeti. Students engage with local leaders to gain a firsthand perspective of the issues of big game poaching and tribal land disputes that face the region.
From the Serengeti, students travel to the majestic Pare Mountains. For three days, students climb these legendary mountains with their impressive views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the sweeping Tanzanian plains. Lectures, debates and discussions breaking up hiking expeditions, where students are also able to spot animals in the wild, such as giraffe, elephants and antelopes. In the evenings, students also have the opportunity to take Swahili lessons and test their new skills with locals.
The next leg of this African journey takes students to the banks of the Pangani river, an ideal location for students to decompress and prepare for their summative tasks. Students also have the opportunity to go on snorkeling and fishing expeditions, as they reflect on their experiences from Kilimanjaro, to the Serengeti, to The Pare Mountains.
The final destination of our journey takes students to the island of Zanzibar. There, they learn about East Africa’s unique position as a historic trade centre, with a broad range of cultural influences. There, students also engage in Individual Study Unit interviews with their teachers, write final exams and prepare for their journey home. As our program winds down, students have a chance to relax along Zanzibar’s white beaches looking out over turquoise waters, and to celebrate with a feast of biryani,
Departure from Zanzibar (Day 50)
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*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.
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*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.