Expedition to Tanzania

Moshi, Kirua, the Serengeti, and Pangani

Summer Program

July 11–August 13, 2018

Description

Become a global citizen, and broaden your worldview studying abroad and earning high school credits on the plains of Tanzania. Visit Maasai villages, volunteer in a service project, and safari in the Serengeti, as you examine the social and economic factors that impact communities around the world.

 
35
DAYS 
Two Course Program

Courses Offered

  • World Issues
  • 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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I have been part of the MEI family for over a decade now, as both a student and teacher. While it’s always tough to pinpoint a highlight, my experience on the Tanzania program was something very special. The role of the teacher has changed over the years, and my job is more about facilitation and allowing students to make their own informed decisions about the world and the issues that surround them. We’re living in a time where a World Issues course feels so urgent and relevant, and to be able to talk with students about globalization, activism, sustainability, or immigration, surrounded by the diverse and incredible landscape of Tanzania, is something I will always remember.

Ted Starr
MEI Teacher

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I have been part of the MEI family for over a decade now, as both a student and teacher. While it’s always tough to pinpoint a highlight, my experience on the Tanzania program was something very special. The role of the teacher has changed over the years, and my job is more about facilitation and allowing students to make their own informed decisions about the world and the issues that surround them. We’re living in a time where a World Issues course feels so urgent and relevant, and to be able to talk with students about globalization, activism, sustainability, or immigration, surrounded by the diverse and incredible landscape of Tanzania, is something I will always remember.

Ted Starr
MEI Teacher

Courses Offered

World Issues: A Geographic Analysis
GRADE CODE
12 CGW4U

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.

 

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

July 11–August 13, 2018

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–17 Kilimanjaro
Day 17–20 Safari
Day 20–26 Moshi
Day 26–35 Pangani

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

Preparation and Coursework

Preparation and Coursework

In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website where reading lists are posted. Course preparation is completed over four weeks. The first two-week session begins in early May, and focuses on novel studies. The second session begins in late June, and focuses on small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, and to help lessen the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all prep work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running overseas.
Departure from Toronto

Departure from Toronto

Day 1–2

Our study abroad expedition to Tanzania commences in Toronto, where teachers and students get to know one another and settle into the rhythm of the program. Each year we have a guest speaker who introduces students to important issues that will be explored overseas. This evening inspires and prepares the group for the adventure that awaits.

Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Days 2–17

Residing on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, students take to the hills to explore the region’s range of landscapes, an ideal location to examine the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and issues of sustainability and foreign aid. There, students explore village life and set to work on individual service projects, with emphasis on meaningful engagement. Our ongoing group service project takes teachers and students camping in Kirua where they work with the village’s youth center.

Safari

Safari

Days 17–20

On Safari, students have the opportunity to explore an astonishing array of landscapes and abundant concentrations of diverse wildlife while camping on the open plains of the Serengeti. Students engage with the BIG LIFE Foundation to gain a firsthand perspective of the issues of big game poaching and tribal land disputes that face the region.

Moshi

Moshi

Days 20–26

After exploring the natural beauty of rural Africa, students travel to the picturesque outskirts of Moshi in northeast Tanzania. There, students study the economic, social and political issues that challenge Tanzanians, and the larger continent of Africa. Students are given the opportunity to have a window into the life of the Maasai, in order to expand their own perspectives on community building and leadership.
Pangani

Pangani

Days 26–35

The final leg of the 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. There, students engage in Individual Study Unit interviews with their teachers, write final exams, and prepare for their journey home.

Departure from Tanzania (Day 35)

 

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.

Moshi

Days 2–8

Kirua

Days 8–14

Serengeti

Days 14–18

Pangani

Days 18-25

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