Tanzania; A truly incredible country that has and will impact me forever February 04, 2015

By (Environmental Studies., University of Vermont) - abroad from 08/01/2014 to 12/08/2014 with

The School for Field Studies / SFS: Tanzania - Wildlife Management Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Real research experience. This program is perfect for those interested and passionate about wildlife, the environment, animal biology, earth sciences, and the natural world.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

This field-based program is more physically and mentally demanding than the academic portion.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Truly incredible and supportive

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The Moyo Hill Base Camp is gorgeous. living accommodations are awesome.

* Food:

The cooks are fantastic. The food is fresh, healthy, and always delicious.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The local culture is overall vibrant and extremely friendly.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I chipped a tooth and was taken to a regional dentist who fixed it to perfection. Healthcare resources are near and always available. You will need special vaccines for this program.

* Safety:

The Student Affairs Manager's (SAM's) were incredible. They always made sure every student was healthy and happy. In addition, they were true role models and outstanding leaders.

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

Finances

* 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? $50

Language

* 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

As a result of being surrounded by Swahili-speaking staff members you will learn the language fast and with much ease.

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? Advanced
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? The more you listen, the better you become at speaking. Don't be scared or intimidated by the language, start with just a few words and work up to sentences.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My Peers, the 40 other students on my trip are the smartest and funniest people I know
  • Conducting research that will make a difference
  • Living and Studying in AFRICA
* What could be improved?
  • Not much if anything
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Condiments are key! Consult an alumni before packing.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

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Environmental Policy

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Instructor: John M.
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Wildlife Ecology

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Wildlife Management

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