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Dates

Travel Dates

Jul 07–Jul 31, 2024

Program Dates*

Late June–Early August, 2024

*Program dates include online sessions to prepare students prior to travel and synchronous interviews to complete final assessments after travel. Dates are subject to change.

Courses Offered

english Mandatory (choose one)

Contact us for course equivalencies in your school board.

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio.

Departure City

All MEI programs depart from Toronto's Pearson Int'l Airport.

Program Fee

Program Cost *
$5,037.00
Travel Cost
$3,358.00
Total
$8,395.00 USD

Refunds + Cancellations

Availability

Limited Availability
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Why Take This Program?

If ever there was an opportunity to transform high school English into a grand adventure, this is it! The heart of great literature is that it transports you far away while helping you look within to see who we really are. Join our seasoned Lead Teachers, Steve and Meredith, to the continent of Africa as we immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of culture, history, and wildlife that is Tanzania. Travel across its plains, visit Maasai villages, and go on safari in the Serengeti to sleep beneath a canopy of stars unlike any you’ve seen before. What could be a more adventurous, and meaningful, way to complete your senior English course?

Program Itinerary

Explore this program's detailed itinerary for a sense of the journey ahead!

Online Foundation Work

Program Preparation

Pre-departure Work Being prepared for your academic adventure is critical to a successful MEI summer. On March 1st, we begin our educational journey by posting reading lists for each course on your program site. Having a reading list allows students to access novels, short stories, and textbooks in plenty of time to get acquainted with the course material. Online Pre-departure Sessions Before departure, you will have online sessions with your teachers and classmates. These online sessions introduce you to your classmates, teachers, and coursework. We aim to prepare you to hit the ground running and reduce your workload onsite. Each course has approximately ten hours of class preparation time; this schedule will be posted on your course site.
high school study abroad

Departure

Day 1: On the day of departure, we meet at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Here, we unite as a group to distribute coursepacks, T-shirts and MEI Journals. After a meet and greet, we board a flight to our first location.
Toronto skyline

Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Day 2–8: After a long flight, we land in Kilimanjaro to reside on the lower slopes of its famous mountain, diving headlong into our adventure as we explore the region. We are introduced to Tanzanian history and culture through the writings of its Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazek Gurnah as we navigate colonialism, the blending of cultures, and hope for a better future. Here, we investigate the connections between our readings and village life and set to work on individual service projects with an emphasis on meaningful engagement. Our ongoing group service project takes teachers and students camping in Kirua, where we work with the village’s youth centre.
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Safari

Day 8–13: The heart of our African adventure is of course through our guided safari! We’ll explore an astonishing diversity of landscapes and wildlife while camping the open-air plains of the Serengeti. We work with the BIG LIFE Foundation to gain a firsthand view of the issues of big game poaching and tribal land disputes. Here, we delve into the readings of Ernest Hemingway’s, The Green Hills of Africa, and Chinua Ache’s, Things Fall Apart to provide literary context as we explore the culture of this dynamic region.
high school study abroad

Moshi

Day 13–20: We change our literary focus and look at how persuasive writing - and a mastery of language - can help create a better world, using  selections from Yuval Noah Harari’s wonderful texts Sapiens and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. After exploring the natural beauty of rural Africa, we travel to the picturesque outskirts of Moshi in northeast Tanzania. We have a window into the life of the Maasai to expand our perspectives on story telling and collective stories.
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Pangani

Day 20–23: The final leg of our journey takes us to the edge of the Indian Ocean and eastern Africa to the historic town of Panagani, an ideal location to complete photo essays, decompress, and prepare for our summative evaluations. Snorkelling and fishing expeditions intersect our final days as we reflect on our experiences. After a final banquet dinner that highlights local foods and dance, our crew prepares for the journey home with memories that will last a lifetime. Departure from Pangani Airport on Day 27
high school study abroad

Online Final Evaluation Week

Online Post-trip SessionsUpon your return, you will have time to complete additional research and your Independent Study Unit (ISU) presentation. This time allows you to reflect on and integrate your travel experiences into the course material. The MEI staff have found this evaluation style enjoyable and the most authentic way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and academic skills. After your ISU, you will complete your course exams online. Once your marks have been reviewed, MEI Academy will send your report card and transcript to your home school to add to your academic records.

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Program Map

Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Day 2–8:

After a long flight, we land in Kilimanjaro to reside on the lower slopes of its famous mountain, diving headlong into our adventure as we explore the region. We are introduced to Tanzanian history and culture through the writings of its Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazek Gurnah as we navigate colonialism, the blending of cultures, and hope for a better future. Here, we investigate the connections between our readings and village life and set to work on individual service projects with an emphasis on meaningful engagement. Our ongoing group service project takes teachers and students camping in Kirua, where we work with the village’s youth centre.

Safari

Day 8–13:

The heart of our African adventure is of course through our guided safari! We’ll explore an astonishing diversity of landscapes and wildlife while camping the open-air plains of the Serengeti. We work with the BIG LIFE Foundation to gain a firsthand view of the issues of big game poaching and tribal land disputes. Here, we delve into the readings of Ernest Hemingway’s, The Green Hills of Africa, and Chinua Ache’s, Things Fall Apart to provide literary context as we explore the culture of this dynamic region.

Moshi

Day 13–20:

We change our literary focus and look at how persuasive writing – and a mastery of language – can help create a better world, using  selections from Yuval Noah Harari’s wonderful texts Sapiens and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. After exploring the natural beauty of rural Africa, we travel to the picturesque outskirts of Moshi in northeast Tanzania. We have a window into the life of the Maasai to expand our perspectives on story telling and collective stories.

Pangani

Day 20–23:

The final leg of our journey takes us to the edge of the Indian Ocean and eastern Africa to the historic town of Panagani, an ideal location to complete photo essays, decompress, and prepare for our summative evaluations. Snorkelling and fishing expeditions intersect our final days as we reflect on our experiences. After a final banquet dinner that highlights local foods and dance, our crew prepares for the journey home with memories that will last a lifetime. Departure from Pangani Airport on Day 27

What's Included

Fee Breakdown

Program Cost *
$5,037.00
Travel Cost
$3,358.00
Total
$8,395.00 USD

* Program cost does not include non-refundable $95 registration fee.

** Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of July, 2023. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.

Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • MEI T-Shirt
  • 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

Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Local Transportation
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection†
  • Non-refundable Registration Fee

† All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical and trip cancellation and interruption Insurance.

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