IPSL: Arusha - Study Abroad + Service Learning in Tanzania

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Tanzania is unique to East Africa in that it has been relatively untouched by western culture providing a unique view of a society in transition. The northern city of Arusha, the capital of Tanzania, is an international center for human rights an... read more

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August 11, 2016 A Trip Wroth Taking.
I learned that there is time for everything if you're willing help out. It was totally worthwhile. - Midway College View Entire Review
This program changed my life in so many ways. It changes how you look at the world and the culture you live in, and you realize that Americans have so much to be thankful for that other people don't have, yet these other people are so much more content with their lives. - Eckerd College View Entire Review


Tanzania is unique to East Africa in that it has been relatively untouched by western culture providing a unique view of a
society in transition. The northern city of Arusha, the capital of Tanzania, is an international center for human rights and is a
major international diplomatic hub that is the home of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and hosts the African
Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Situated at the base of Mount Meru (the second highest mountain in Tanzania after
Kilimanjaro), the climate is temperate and wildlife preserves and national parks and forests are numerous.

The country is a mixture of more than 120 ethnic groups, the majority of whom speak Bantu languages, including Kiswahili,
the official language. Major religions include Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and tribal traditions. Tanzania has much to offer - amazing wildlife parks, unique marine ecosystems, spice islands, tropical beaches, the highest mountain in Africa and a
rich cultural heritage.

Students study and take classes in Swahili Language &
Culture, COSA in Arusha (Community Organizing and Social Activism)/ Introduction to COSA, as well as a wide selection of other elective courses taught in English. The semester and academic year curriculum combines a Swahili Language & Culture course with a wide selection of elective  courses (taught in English) that focus on public health, international development and economics, diplomacy, conflict resolution, security, urban planning and education, and international relations, along with substantial opportunities for volunteer service in the community. IPSL students are integrated with African students and are taught by African professors at the university, making for a rich cultural immersion experience. Service-learning
placements are organized at various NGOs, humanitarian organizations, schools, museums, laboratories and clinics.  Some service-learning opportunities include:

  • Education

  • Environment

  • Humanitarian Aid

  • International Relations

  • Leisure/Recreation

  • Medicine/Health

  • Social Service

  • Orphanages

Students will live in a homestay with a Tanzanian family who live in Arusha. Bedrooms can be either single or double-occupancy and shared with another same-sex family member.  Full board is included. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside."  Time spent in the city studying, volunteering and living with a Tanzanian family is combined with opportunities to explore the National Parks as well as the urban environment of Arusha and surrounding northern Tanzanian villages. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Agricultural Public Services
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management
  • African Studies
  • Environmentall Engineering
  • African Languages, Literature
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Housing and Human Environments
  • Human Development, Family Studies
  • Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Literature
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Rehabilitation Professions
  • History
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