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This January interim study abroad trip to Tanzania focuses on gender, social justice and communication-related issues in the Kilimanjaro region of Northern Tanzania. We visit village schools, a hospital, coffee cooperative, women's dairy cooperative, women's centre (where women learn skills and trades), and KIWAUKUKKI (an HIV/AIDS activist organization). We also stay at Pete and Charlotte O'Neal's United African Alliance Community Centre, where we learn a traditional Tanzanian dance. And finally, we hike up part of Mt. Kilimanjaro and go on a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater! 

This trip is offered every two years. Students can sign up for either Communication 405 or Women's Studies 399, both of which are upper level electives for three credits. 


Student, Faculty and Staff Experiences


"Everyone was so gracious wherever we visited. I have never felt more welcome when I was so far away from home!" - Sam Treutel 

"Of course I remember all the great journeys we took, like hiking Kilimanjaro, the Safari, KIWAKUKKI, Pete O'Neil's, visiting the Masai, the bus rides with Oscar and Jesse, visiting the kids at school (which was probably my favorite part of the trip), to name a few, but the thing I definitely remember most is the fun we had just hanging out in Tanzania together. We didn't let many moments go to waste. I would recommend the trip because it's the best one out there! But really, it was my first time abroad and my outlook on life changed just by being in Tanzania for 2 1/2 weeks. It's hard to put into words but I would probably say it's been the greatest experience of my life so far. I enjoyed my time so much there and became a better person because of it. I could have stayed much longer." - Nick Nugent  


"How my outlook changed: I went there with an expectation of utopia, and realized that nothing is as simple as we try to make it. I learned that one can never understand anything in entirety and nothing is determined, so now I have a constant thirst for gaining as many perspectives as possible." - Robyn Anderson 

"Being surrounded by a culture different from your own is an experience I believe everyone should have in their lifetime. I learned so much from the people we met, the stories they told, and the experiences we had." - Erin Heimerl 


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"I really appreciated the student culture in the major. Everyone was very supportive of one another and willing to take the time to share experiences and ideas."


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