Tanzania: Teaching, Learning, and Education (2019 Program)

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors with a special emphasis on education

*** PLEASE NOTE: The 2018 program is closed. Information regarding the 2019 program will be available.***

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

· Optional trip to Uganda for a gorilla trek, visit a Pygmy village and school and tour of Kampala. May 27 - June 1 (Additional cost: $2,100)

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Cultural Information

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2011 Video 

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When can I go?

April 29 - May 26 , 2018 (4 weeks)

Where will I live?

Guest house (lodge)

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to math education, CSAT, and all education majors pending department approval. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU students.
Visit the website for details.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

** 2019 Program application will open late summer 2018 **


Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

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 Issues requirement for all majors (Students must take 2 courses from 2 different disciplines)

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $5,165

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • All excursions and fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU tuition ($1,575 - 3 Credits $3,150- 6 Credits)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Additional meals ($140)
  • Passport/photos ($140)
  • Visa, taxes, documents ($100)
  • ISIC card ($28 - optional)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $7,348 (3 credits) or $8,923 (6 credits)

Financial Aid

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. 

Financial Aid FAQs


Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for more information on these and other grants/scholarships. 

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

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:

Lisa Kasmer
A-2-138 Mackinac Hall

Learn more about the program director >>> MEET THE DIRECTOR

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.