Time in Tanzania Well Spent! Past Review

By (Keystone College) - abroad from 06/06/2016 to 07/06/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned an incredible amount about myself, the United States, and Tanzania. Worth all the effort I put in to get there.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

education was challenging and engaging, but very doable

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

expectations were clearly laid out and when issues arose they were handled with professionalism and understanding

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

sharing a room and bathroom with 3 other men was not ideal but doable

* Food:

did take some time getting used to, but now that I'm back in the USA I really miss it

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

local culture while different, was extremely inviting

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

SFS did everything to help sick students, and health care in Tanzania is quite affordable

* Safety:

always felt safe, and safety concerns were addressed at the beginning of the program

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? $15


* 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

practicing Swahili was one of my greatest joys while in Tanzania. ample opportunities to learn the the language

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
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? practice as much as you can before departing. using the local language goes a long way. use any medium you can; videos, apps, books, instructors

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • making new friends
  • the wildlife/scenery
  • using Swahili
* What could be improved?
  • more time to learn about local culture
  • housing
  • heating/cooling systems
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That as usual, everything does work out in the end, so pointless worrying is pointless.

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!