Tanzania is endowed with a spectacular natural beauty. Slightly larger than the state of Texas, the country features a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures that stretch back hundreds of years and encompass dozens of different ethnic groups, religions, and historical traditions. The city of Dar es Salaam, the largest in Tanzania, is a teeming, coastal metropolis with a humid climate tempered by steady sea breezes.
Breaking from the trends in many parts of the continent, Tanzania has enjoyed peace, stability, and security since its independence in 1963. The modern United Republic of Tanzania has evolved into a modern, multi-party democratic nation with competitive elections and a robust civil society. As a result of this success, Tanzania has increasingly become a key base for the United Nations and many NGOs as they work in the East African region. In recent years, the resurgent economy has produced a population of professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs whose rising standard of living is creating an array of businesses that cater to these decidedly modern tastes.
SERVICE IMMERSION PROGRAM
This non-credit bearing experience focuses on installing solar panels at Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam that is a long-time partner with Fairfield University. Students will learn about how climate change and other environmental issues such as water quality and animal extinction are being addressed in Tanzania and the developing world. Students will also learn from Tanzanian teachers, artists, and others about aspects of politics, culture, economics, and society. The program concludes with a safari to the world-famous Serengeti National Park and the Ngorogoro Crater to observe lions, elephants, giraffes, and the teeming wildlife of the region.
PROGRAM COST INCLUDES
- Airport pick-up and transfer
- Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
- Lectures by Local Teachers/Artists/Musicians and Cultural excursions
- Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
This program is open to all sophomore, junior, or senior students who are in good academic and social standing at their home institution and who can certify a grade point average of at least a 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.