An unforgettable, life changing experience January 17, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/30/2019 to 12/08/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to learn a lot about myself though this experience and broaden my worldview while gaining a lot of knowledge that I can take to my majors. It was definitely worthwhile

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I had no issues with food, but I know people that were vegetarian, especially vegan, or had dietary restrictions did struggle a little during expedition (when we were camping) and early on but it did get better as the program went on

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The campus was closed off but we have chances to go out into the community, do community service, and hang around town so free time was really what you made of it

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

There were always first aid kits available for minor injuries, and for more major ones there were health clinics that we would get driven t. I never had to go to one so I cannot speak to the experience. For the program the Yellow Fever vaccine is required and I also ended up getting the typhoid vaccine

* Safety:

I largely felt safe the entire program. It is a very structured program so you are driven in SFS vehicles and are required to go places with at least on other person for safety reasons. The campus is fenced and guarded. Even outside the campus I had no safety concerns

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

I would like the opportunity to expand on what I did before, learn more Swahili, and also, visit the campus again

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)

Because I was in East Africa and in a program where all of my meals were covered I spent very little money

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50/week on average

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

Staff members would encourage using Swahili by greeting in Swahili and asking questions, and we would be encouraged to use it in the area

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? None in the host language
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Staff
  • Food
  • Expeditions
* What could be improved?
  • Communication between students and faculty
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it is ok to take time to yourself, and it's ok to open up to people and try to get to get to know them