Term 3


Tanzania
and Zanzibar
Images and Issues

3 Course Program

Dates

Feb. 17–Apr. 7
Coming 2020 

 

Locations

  • Kilimanjaro
  • Serengeti
  • Pare Mountains
  • Kirua
  • Pangani
  • Zanzibar
See full itinerary here.

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

Courses Offered

Two Mandatory Courses

 Social Sciences

 World Issues

 English

 English—choice of 3 options
 English

One Elective Course

 Advanced Functions
 Mathematics of Data Management
 Modern Media
 

See full course descriptions here.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

Our mission is to give you a view of a world that survives and thrives on less than $5 a day per capita. As you immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Tanzania, travelling across its plains, visiting Maasai villages, volunteering in a service project, and going on safari in the Serengeti, you see the diversity of this beautiful land. The people you meet help you gain an understanding of the challenges they face concerning religious differences, conflicting values and political allegiances. All of this is woven into the literature we read, debates we conduct, and discussions we digest, over 60 days, to provide you with a serious step in becoming a world citizen.

WHY TAKE THIS PROGRAM?

Our mission is to give you a view of a world that survives and thrives on less than $5 a day per capita. As you immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Tanzania, travelling across its plains, visiting Maasai villages, volunteering in a service project, and going on safari in the Serengeti, you see the diversity of this beautiful land. The people you meet help you gain an understanding of the challenges they face concerning religious differences, conflicting values and political allegiances. All of this is woven into the literature we read, debates we conduct, and discussions we digest, over 60 days, to provide you with a serious step in becoming a world citizen.

What
People
Are
Saying

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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

Program Itinerary

Read about each itinerary location by tapping the icon.

Preparation and Coursework
Days 1–10
Our 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

Days 11–13
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 Tanzania. All of our preparation allows us to hit the ground running and dive straight into the adventure that awaits.
Foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro
Days 13–32
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.
Safari in the Serengeti
Days 32–35
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
Days 35–37
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 break up hiking expeditions, where students are also able to spot animals in the wild, such as giraffe, elephants and antelopes. In the evenings, students have the opportunity to take Swahili lessons and test their new skills with locals.
In-Service Work: Kirua
Days 37–43
Our in-service learning component takes us camping in Kirua. Here, students have the chance to experience Tanzania at its most basic and most welcoming as we work with the village’s youth centre.
Pangani
Days 43–52
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 snorkelling and fishing expeditions, as they reflect on their experiences from Kilimanjaro, to the Serengeti, to The Pare Mountains.
Zanzibar
Days 52–60

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. Students also engage in Individual Study Unit interviews with teachers, write final exams and prepare for their journey home. 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 60)

Kilimanjaro and Moshi

Days 13–32

Safari in the Serengeti

Days 32–35

Pare Mountains

Days 35–37

In-Service work in Kirua

Days 37–43

Pangani

Days 43–52

Zanzibar

Days 52–60

What’s Included

Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • 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
  • Airfare between countries
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
*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.

Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*
*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

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