Learned so much about myself and the rest of the world Past Review

By (Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology, Trinity University) - abroad from 08/25/2016 to 12/07/2016 with

SIT Study Abroad: Tanzania - Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about trade-offs between conservation efforts and human rights. I learned about privilege and about power dynamics between groups of people. I learned about local culture. I learned about struggles for dominance between groups of people and between people and animals. I learned how to be independent. I learned how to perform research. It was fantastic. Everyone should go.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I wish the program integrated more recent resources for our ecology readings. However, the resources provided and the discussions were meaningful and very thought-provoking.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Oscar Paschall deserves a raise!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our homestay families were wonderfully selected. Those relationships will stay with us forever! Camping was also an excellent experience, although not the most comfortable at times. It is easy to get used to, though.

* Food:

Klub Afriko camp staff were the best thing that's ever happened to my taste buds! They also catered to the needs of our half-vegetarian student group.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Our language course and Swahili teachers helped so much with this.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Our Program Director gave me lots of specific advice on where to seek healthcare in Arusha. The camp crew provided us with medicine to treat bug bites. Reimbursement was available for any medical costs upon request and with copies of receipts.

* Safety:

Women, please take into consideration how gender will influence your daily experiences!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 0
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Tanzania is extremely cheap. You will spend less there than at home, no questions asked.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

It was helpful that our language course occurred at the same time as our homestays. We were using the language in our daily lives.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A in Swahili
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to your homestay families. Don't be afraid to make mistakes! Just keep trying - it's the best way to learn.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Safaris
  • Discussions
  • Homestay
* What could be improved?
  • Resource availability
  • Research Methods course
  • Packing list
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Talk to SIT Tanzannia alumni about what to pack- don't trust the packing list!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!