Africa: An Exploration of Change

Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Pare Mountains, Moshi, Pangani and Zanzibar

Semester Term 3

Mid February–Late March

Description

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.

 
50
DAYS 
Two Course Program

Courses Offered

  • Challenge and Change in Society
  • Intro to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology
  • English +
  • Studies in Literature
  • Writer’s Craft

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

*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.
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You’re in for the journey of a lifetime. Teaching in Tanzania was the most rewarding experience of my career. Around every corner, we were brought face to face with the rich culture and geographic diversity of one of the world’s most undervalued treasures. From never-ending plains to mountains and beaches, this adventure has it all—unbridled wilderness where each day offers a new adventure, perspective, and opportunity to engage with some of the most genuine people on Earth. Tanzania offers the perfect location to analyse key issues surrounding our current global reality while putting us in touch with how to understand human patterns of development, globalization, and our fragile relationship with nature.

Jamie Jackson
Lead Teacher, Journey to Africa 2016

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You’re in for the journey of a lifetime. Teaching in Tanzania was the most rewarding experience of my career. Around every corner, we were brought face to face with the rich culture and geographic diversity of one of the world’s most undervalued treasures. From never-ending plains to mountains and beaches, this adventure has it all—unbridled wilderness where each day offers a new adventure, perspective, and opportunity to engage with some of the most genuine people on Earth. Tanzania offers the perfect location to analyse key issues surrounding our current global reality while putting us in touch with how to understand human patterns of development, globalization, and our fragile relationship with nature.

Jamie Jackson
Lead Teacher, Journey to Africa 2016

Courses Offered

Challenge and Change in Society
GRADE CODE
12 HSB4U
This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.

 

Intro to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology
GRADE CODE
11 HSP3U
This course provides students with opportunities to think critically about theories, questions and issues related to anthropology, psychology and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the approaches and research methods used by social scientists. They will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives, to conduct social science research, and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues within the three disciplines.

 

English
GRADE CODE
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
GRADE CODE
12 ETS4U

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.

 

Writer's Craft
GRADE CODE
12 EWC4U

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.

 

Program Itinerary

Mid February–Late March
Day 1–5 Online Coursework
Day 6–7 Toronto—Departure
Day 7–28 Kilimanjaro + Kirua
Day 28–31 Safari
Day 31–33 Pare Mountains
Day 33–40 Pangani
Day 40–50 Zanzibar

Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Coursework

Preparation and Coursework

Days 1-5

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

Departure from Toronto

Days 6-7

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

Foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and Kirua

Days 8-28

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.

Safari

Safari

Days 28-31

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.

Pare Mountains

Pare Mountains

Days 31-33

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.

Pangani

Pangani

Days 33–40

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.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Days 40-50

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, maandazi, and coconut curry.

Departure from Zanzibar (Day 50)

What’s Included?

 

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach`
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

What’s Included?

Program Fee Includes
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach`
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Program Fee Does Not Include
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

Kilimanjaro

Days 2–8

Safari

Days 8–14

Pare Mountains

Pangani

Days 14–18

Zanzibar

Days 18-25

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