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  • Locations: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
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Rolling Admission 07/10/2017 08/04/2017
NOTE: Travel dates are July 15 - July 28, 2017. Students will leave the US on July 15 and arrive in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on July 16.

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Fact Sheet:
Open to: Students from any U.S. institution Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.7 Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: African and African American Studies, Anthropology, Any, History Term: Winter
Housing Options: Off Campus Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Program Description:

Community Development in Context: Social Innovation in the Mara Region


Tanzania     Tanzania     Serengeti National Park
Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, has been independent and democratic since 1961. Tanzania is home to over 140 different tribes including the Masaai, known for their brilliantly colored cloaks and renowned strength. This study abroad program will begin in Dar es Salaam, the largest port city, located on the Indian Ocean. With a population exceeding 2 million, Dar is a vibrant and fascinating city and host to embassies and organizational headquarters from around the world.  After leaving Dar, we will travel by plane to the remote Mara Region near the border of Kenya and the shores of Lake Victoria. Using social innovation as our guide, the program will explore various community development projects and partner sites, engaging in hands-on experiences and activities. Next, the program will embark on a 2-day guided Safari, exploring the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, World Heritage sites that offer once in a lifetime photo opportunities and memories. After exploring the Mara Region, the program will return to Dar to take in some final cultural excursions, shopping, and culinary experiences before heading (sadly) home. 
ACADEMIC PROGRAM
Through this unique experiential learning discovery course, students will travel to a rural region of northern Tanzania to explore community development through the exciting lens of social innovation. Students will engage in high-impact activities designed to foster critical reflection and transformative learning. Trip highlights will include visits to community development projects, engagement with local villagers and community leaders, and a guided safari through the Serengeti Game Preserve and Ngorongoro Crater. Upon return, students will reflect upon and synthesize their experiences through final presentations with opportunities for further engagement to be explored.
PROJECT SITES AND PARTNERS
While in the Mara Region we will engage with a number of organizations and partner sites including the following:
 
Mogabiri Farm Extension Center (MFEC)
MFEC supports small scale farmers in the Tarime highlands with services, advice, and training programs to help them improve their living conditions through increasing agricultural output. The center cooperates with district authorities in supporting local extension services through information and training offered in the form of on-center and on-farm trials.
 
Kitenga School for Girls (High School/Secondary school)
The Kitenga School for Girls officially opened in January, 2017 with the first class to be welcomed this spring. The new campus is equipped with solar cookers, water wells, an early childhood school, a secondary school for girls and a functioning medical clinic, all under the leadership and management of Immaculate Sisters of Africa (IHSA). Various members of the Buffalo community have contributed to this project since 2009 including the Buffalo Tanzania Education Project, Girls Education Collaborative, Association for Childhood Education International, Solar Liberty, Foundation, and Buffalo Sunrise Rotary Club.
 
Baraki Agricultural Farm, Health Center, and Dam
The farm was started in 1982 with the support of Maryknoll Missionaries. The project is focused on the expansion of rural economic activities through agriculture (e.g., rice irrigation), livestock farming, milk processing and dairy farming while also improving food security, health and education. The farm covers 900 acres and is managed by the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa. In addition to the farm, the site includes a health center that provides emergency medical care along with a dam that provides irrigation and fishing for people in the area.
 
Buhare Community Development Institute (BCDI; Community College)
Buhare is a government-owned institution under the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children. It was started in 1966 with support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Besides diploma and certificates in community development, Buhare also offers short courses in child care, maternity health, and home economics including handcrafts and textiles. The specific objectives of these courses include the provision of professional training in community development and facilitation strategies, as well as enabling students to support their own communities while applying advanced participatory community development methods and techniques in community development work.
 
Nyamete Women Group
Nyamete Women’s group based in Musoma seeks to reduce incidences of gender-based violence in the Mara Region through economic empowerment- namely, making women in this region less financially dependent on their partners. Current projects focus on poultry production, greenhouse farming, irrigation systems, and entrepreneurship training.

ACCOMMODATION
Hotels, guest houses, and lodges have been selected to provide an appropriate level of comfort while affording an authentic Tanzanian experience. All rooms will be double occupancy unless specific arrangements are made in advance (at additional cost). Please see following list of planned lodging facilities. Note that changes may be necessary and will be communicated prior to the onset of classes. Any changes will preserve a similar level of comfort and amenities.
  • Mogabiri Farming Extension Services (MFEC), Tarime

ESTIMATED COSTS
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the Program Director:

Mara Huber

mbhuber@buffalo.edu


This program is currently not accepting applications.