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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Musoma, Tanzania; Tarime, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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
Credits: 3
Program Description:

Social Innovation in the Mara Region

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 for the last day of the program, which will include some rest and relaxation, before heading back to Buffalo to work on collaborative projects. 

Students interested in this program should contact Mara Huber at to get involved in related projects or possible travel opportunities.

Through this unique experiential learning discovery course, students will earn 3 credits for UE 496 and travel to a rural region of Northern Tanzania to explore community development through partnership projects that have been evolving over the past 10 years. 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. Upon return, students will synthesize their experiences through mentored projects and explore ways to further leverage their learning through the GPS (Global Partner Studio) programs. 

Serengeti National Park
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.

Hotels, guest houses, and lodges have been selected to provide an appropriate level of comfort and an authentic Tanzanian experience. All rooms will be double occupancy unless specific arrangements are made in advance (at additional cost). Meals will be arranged to ensure a broad array of choices including vegetarian options for every meal. 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.

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

Dr. Mara Huber

This program is currently not accepting applications.