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  • Locations: Moshi, Tanzania; Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Housing Options: Home Stay, Hotel
Areas of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Culture, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, International Studies, Psychology, Public Health, Social Policy and Administration, Sociology, Tourism Class Status: 1-freshman, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-graduate student, 6-other
Program Type: field study, study abroad Language of Instruction: English
Program: Faculty-Directed
Program Description:

Explore your WILD side with a Study Abroad Safari (3-6 PSY or ENVS credit): May & June 2020

Join me, Professor Laura Johnson (Dr. J), two-time Fulbright Scholar and National Geographic Explorer, for 3 weeks of Bush and Beach Safari in Tanzania and Zanzibar Island, Africa. Are you ready for rhinos? On the lookout for lions? Interested in intercultural learning? Curious about community service on Mt. Kilimanjaro? Serious about sunsets on the beach? Prepared for life-changing experience with local partners? Join with me this summer for our decade-long running faculty-led study abroad with UM and Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Environmental program for youth. Opportunities for research, ongoing study and scholarships available.
PSY 475 draws from environmental, cultural, developmental, and educational psychology to reflect interdisciplinary interests in positive youth development and sustainable community development in an international context. 

Schedule: Northern Tanzania Safari (Days 1-6) - See all the best of African safaris –we will bike, hike, and drive though Taranagire, Lake Manyara and the  Ngoro Ngoro crater to see elephants, lions, and zebras and explore Maasai culture. Mt. Kilimanjaro/Moshi  (Days 6-16) - partner with Tanzanian youth and the Mweka community (associated with Jane Goodall) to get hands-on learning about the ice-covered “roof top of Africa”, we will plant trees, build fuel efficient stoves, take part in Chaaga dances, and swim in a waterfall!  Island of Zanzibar  (Days 16-24) – Swim the azure Indian Ocean, visit a spice farm, tour Stonetown’s ancient sites, learn about Swahili culture, and relax on the Beach while getting henna and discussing how are experiences and academic articles are related. We will be there during ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival), an incredibly exciting opportunity! There are also chances to extend your trip afterwards to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or go on a Rwanda excursion, if you’re interested in either of these options let me know right away. 

Check out a video made by former students of the program!

Program Flyer.pdf

alexis Alexis Hicks during Summer 2014

Scholarships are available for this program, so apply soon! 
Faculty Dr. Laura Johnson
Course Credit PSY 475/PSY 350/ENVS 350 or SOC/ANTH credit
Prerequisites Inquire with Dr. Laura Johnson
Program Price Estimated minimum $5,500
Program Price Includes Tuition, housing, some meals, program excursions, international health insurance
Program Price DOES NOT Includes UM Study Abroad Application Fee, airfare, some meals, personal spending money, and passport and visa fees
Study Abroad Contact Casey Nelson

Information Sessions

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/04/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.