Tanzania: Teaching, Learning and Culture

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2022. Details below are subject to change.

ARUSHA, TANZANIA - Tanzania is located in eastern sub-Saharan Africa and is home to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti. Our group will plan lessons and teach 15-20 hours per week in a local school while studying issues in mathematics and general education. We will interact with teachers and students in a culture much different from our own. The Maasai tribe will be highlighted during our time in Tanzania. We will participate in daily Swahili lessons by a local Swahili instructor as well as have opportunities to experience the beauty of the country during three weekend excursions that include a safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Park, Tinga Tinga painting lessons from a local artist, a village visit, and a day climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Our group will also volunteer at a local orphanage where they will organize games and help with school work.

Program Highlights: 

· Build intercultural teaching and communication skills in eastern Africa

· Teach 60 hours in a Tanzanian classroom, volunteer at a local orphanage, interact with locals, have a Tinga Tinga painting lessons from a  local artist, and learn basic Swahili

· Excursions include a 4 day-safari, a visit with the Maasai tribe,  a day climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park and a weekend in a local village

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2.5 GPA Required
English Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2021

Program Dates: May 2, 2021 - May 28, 2021
Application Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Closed)

Spring/Summer 2022

Estimated Program Dates: May 2022 - May 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

(4 weeks)

*Apply Early! Applications are reviewed when they are received.



Students will register for a total of 3-6 credits:

MTH 496: Senior Thesis [Capstone] (3 credits) Non-math majors may substitute this course upon approval from their home department and the Tanzania program director OR

SAT 495: Teaching Sciences and Arts in the Elementary Classrooms [Capstone] (3 credits) OR

SST 495: Education in Plural Societies [Capstone] (3 credits) OR/AND

MTH 386: Study Abroad (3 credits)

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills entire General Education Issues requirement (Students must take 2 courses from 2 different disciplines). Reflection required.

Language of Instruction: English



Program participants will live in a guest house (lodge).

Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $5,285


  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • All excursions and fees
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU tuition ($1,698 - 3 Credits $3,396- 6 Credits)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Additional meals ($140)
  • Passport/photos ($150)
  • Visa, taxes, documents ($100)
  • Immunization ($300)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $7,873 (3 credits) or $9,571 (6 credits)


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.


To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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This program is open to math education, CSAT, and all education majors pending department approval.

2.5 GPA required. 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2021
Lisa Kasmer
Program Director
Spring/Summer 2022
Lisa Kasmer
Program Director

"My time in Tanzania, Africa, taught me so much. I gained a passion and a greater appreciation for cultures other than my own, discovered a beautiful and magical world so much larger than I had ever known, and fell even deeper in love with my future profession of teaching." -Rachel Wehner

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