SIT Tanzania: Wildlife Ecology Programs

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Study with SIT in Tanzania
Study with SIT in Tanzania
SIT Study Abroad in Tanzania
SIT Study Abroad in Tanzania

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Explore the balance between ecological concerns and socioeconomic objectives in the vast wilderness expanses of northern Tanzania.

Major topics of study include:

Wildlife ecology
Conservation, environmental issues, and national park management
Life and culture, history, politics/economics, and current events
Relationships between socioeconomic objectives, ecological parameters, and cultural transitions from multi scale/actor perspectives in various Tanzanian landscapes

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Reviews

88%
based on 4 reviews
  • Academics 8
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 8.8
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RJ
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

SIT Tanzania: A True Adventure

This program may not be appropriate for the faint of heart or health. However, if you're looking for a real-life adventure, I think few programs would measure up as well. The country's beauty, the richness of the culture and the thrill of studying African wildlife out in the field make the entire trip worth it already, while the challenging and difficult times did more to strengthen me as an individual than any other experience in my life ever did. The ISP is academically challenging, but the program leaves you a lot of time to focus on exploring and learning things hands-on rather than spending all your time studying. I especially recommend it for those wanting to do conservation and field biology: the techniques and research abilities you will develop will be incredibly useful in a later career. I decided that I wanted to work in wildlife conservation after doing this program; I have SIT and the people I met in Tanzania to thank for that.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Keep calm and carry on! There are going to be times when you feel stressed or uncomfortable; if you stay relaxed and keep an open mind the entire time you're there, you'll come away with a much more positive and constructive experience.
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Karen
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

I went abroad looking for experiential education and not classroom based education and that is exactly what I got on this program. Classes were sometimes held in classrooms, but were also held on nature walks or in a national park or sitting in the grass. The idea of everything being your classroom was really fun and let you learn all the time. This is a program that will push your comfort zone in terms of how you live. For example, my clothes were washed by a machine once during the whole semester and probably about half the semester was bucket showers, as opposed to a wall mounted shower, but these were never a problem. I think that in order to get the most out of this program, you have to be open to experiencing life in a way that you've never experienced it before.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would bring less stuff, particularly less clothes. You can buy clothes that fit with the cultural expectation of dressing fairly cheap, so don't bring more than you need to. Just bring a good amount of underwear.
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Ed
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This semester in Tanzania was life-changing for me.

I did this semester in Tanzania way back in 1995. In addition to opening my eyes to real-world integrated conservation and development, it helped me grow as an independent learner.

From the start, the program helped us build basic field skills- from getting around in Arusha and elsewhere to doing wildlife tracking and walking transects. The program had a good curriculum to complement the field components as well.

Just under a decade later, after graduate study at Brandeis and some environmental work, I returned to Tanzania to do my PhD field work in Dar es Salaam. I even remembered how to speak Swahili (with a little practice with strangers on buses ("dala dalas").

The practical skills and emotional resilience that the SIT semester taught me helped me get through all the roadblocks and setbacks I ran into. I knew the country, the language, and the culture by then. Adapting to difficult situations and working with people to overcome challenges was critical for the completion of my PhD fieldwork. My SIT semester was priceless.

I'm now an independent water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) professional who provides research and proposal writing support to NGOs and donors (USAID, World Bank, UNICEF). I write about all things water, sanitation, and international development at my blog. Feel free to say hello.

Ed
http://www.edbourqueconsulting.com/blog/

What would you improve about this program?
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Ethan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

The Experiment for International Living came to my school in Connecticut and I was very interested in becoming part of their summer program. I chose Tanzania because I never would have thought to go there on my own. On the trip I not only learned more about Tanzanian wildlife, ecology and culture but was able to experience it all first hand. From living with a host family for a week to driving through the glorious Ngorongoro Crater, the adventure never stopped. Another aspect of the trip I thoroughly enjoyed, was the last week and a half of traveling through different tribal villages and national parks and being able to camp and learn with the traditional tribes of Tanzania. Everyone on the trip was very friendly and welcoming to us and this was a trip I will never forget.

What would you improve about this program?
The organization in certain places we stayed, staying in one place for one or two days longer instead of hopping from place to place.