Wildlife management is complex locally to internationally Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/28/2017 to 12/06/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about the challenges to wildlife management, about local tribes and culture, and got a look into a very different world than in the US.

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

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Courses intersected well and approached wildlife management from different angles, less rigorous than wellesley and easier grading, poor internet was a limiting factor, method of study ranged from in a classroom to multi-day field work.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The student affairs manager was excellent. Administration was buy local peoples.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very satisfied with housing- housing was as expected and had great roommates.

* Food:

Food was as expected in the manual, limited compared to the US but had a wide variety of food and full time cooking staff.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Beneficial to have local staff members and professors, but always stood out a lot when outside of the camp and experiences some racism. Learned some of the local language and local customs.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Had good health care coverage through Wellesley, and recieved emergency evacuation health coverage from the program. Received many vaccines prior to and took many medications will on the program for Malaria and stomach problems.

* Safety:

Program had strong safety protocols and safety education, but in a place with high potential safety concerns- heat, disease, traffic, infection, wildlife, livestock, social interaction. Advice is just to be cautious, mindful of your belongings, and listen to the safety training.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Very affordable. All food was covered, only personal expenses- gifts, snacks, meals out, activities

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 25
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't buy too many things out shopping right away, there are many opportunities all throughout.


* 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

Studied for the first 2/3 of the program, but not too intensely. Able to use English pretty well.

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? Completed second level chinese at college
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? Try speaking with locals and program staff

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Fellow students
  • National park game drives
  • Wildlife
* What could be improved?
  • Student-Professer relationships
  • Directed Research process
  • A bit more free time with available activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Everyone gets sick, don't bring so much sunscreen or bug spray, it can get very cold, the culture is a bit sexist and racist toward Asians,

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.