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UGA - Franklin - Maymester in Tanzania : Reviews (Arusha)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Program Evaluation
Maymester 2016 Participant
The pre-departure details are presented in a very organized, clear format, and the program leaders cover any and all details students would ever need to know.

 

Isabella Fisher Keller, Maymester 2016 Participant
Have a lot of helpful aND pertinent information

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
I felt very prepared for this trip (maybe even a little over-prepared, but that's not an issue).

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
The reading materials given to me were great to introduce me to a different culture, and a great pretext to class subjects.

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
When anyone on the trip had a health problem or wanted to buy more medicine, the teachers and hotel staff went out of their way to find a store that sold it for us, so we could get some.

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
I always felt perfectly safe. Also, the transportation was efficient and the facilities were very nice.

 

Isabella Fisher Keller, Maymester 2016 Participant
Great experience

 

Christine Corine Olivier, Maymester 2016 Participant
I felt safe in transit. The hotels were comfortable for us students. I would recommend them again. Loved the Dar-Es-Salaam hotel!

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
Every place we went in Tanzania, we were always safe where we stayed and we always had transportation arranged. Even on the excursions into the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation, I felt safe with our accomodations.

 

Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
Zara Properties are well guarded and provide all the necessary vehicles for all the excursions we had.

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
The itinerary contained diverse activities that related to our classes via experiential learning. Readings and brief lectures scattered throughout the program allowed our museum visits/activities to be a haven for evidenced understanding educational growth. Overall, the activities were appropriately related to our various classes, allowing a diverse learning environment.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
The Tanzania program offers the unique opportunity of hands-on learning that is not limited to the course you are enrolled in. Dr. Whitney taught me a lot about the local geology and geo-hazards, and it was a treat to learn information about Tanzania, even if I am not technically a geology student.

 

Christine Corine Olivier, Maymester 2016 Participant
The classes were discussion based and laid back. That was neat. I did not like all the reading though. I would rather have more class time and less reading.

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
I like that we were required to keep a journal to help us understand the concepts that we talked about in class.

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
The excursions and site visits were very interesting/fun while also being directly educational. The instructors did a great job connecting our activities to our different classes (helping us make educational connections).

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
The Maymester program exposes students to a large variety of activities in Tanzania. If I went to Tanzania individually, I would never have experienced such rich authentic cultural experiences such as first-hand encounters with the Maasai people. These amazing experiences are all possible due to the special connection Dr. Moshi has within Tanzania.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Amazing. Trip of a lifetime.

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
I was in the interdisciplinary, and I I couldn't have been happier with the places we went and activities we did. I really enjoyed going to Zanzibar and taking a walking tour around Stone Town, which is where we were living. I also liked that we got to go to both major conservation areas in Tanzania.

 

Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
All the excursions were worth it, from Zanibar to the Serengeti, each place had something new to offer. I cherish the memories I have at those places.

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
For the location we were in (Tanzania), the housing was very nice, safe, and comfortable.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Springlands Hotel in Moshi was a very nice "home base" to return to after staying in indescribably beautiful resorts in Zanzibar and Dar es Saalam. The hotel staff of Springlands are very friendly and accommodating.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Everywhere we stayed was incredibly nice.

 

Christine Corine Olivier, Maymester 2016 Participant
I liked all the places we stayed. Would recommend them again.

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
Throughout the duration of the trip, every hotel or tented camp that we stayed at was safe, clean and comfortable, and the staff that worked at all the places we stayed were such lovely people, and they made sure we were taken care of every step of the way.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
I never had to worry about a lack of food, and the quality of the meals was great. Although Springlands Hotel has a very repetitive menu, the cuisine in Tanzania was nice. It was convenient to have most of our meals family-style instead of struggling to order from a menu.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
The food was great everywhere we went, except for a fast-food place we stopped (that was our mistake).

 

Hannah Brooke Weeg, Maymester 2016 Participant
ox liver mmmm 10/10

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
I absolutely loved the food from all of the hotels and even the sack lunches they gave us were great!

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
After visiting a Maasai boma, interviewing people from Moshi, and observing a Islamic learning center, I felt that there were many great opportunities to learn about the diverse Tanzanian culture.

 

Rachel Nicole Helling, Maymester 2016 Participant
the Maasai village was AWESOME

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
We were always immersed in the culture where ever we went. Our tour guides, bus drivers and the hotel staff were even willing to talk to us extra and answer any questions beyond what we generally learned on our tours and classes.

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
Jill Talmadge did an absolutely amazing, concise job of organizing the trip.

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
All of the teachers we had were very great, and they cooperated well when scheduling class time and managing problems that happened, like a delayed flight.

 

Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
This was a well planned out trip!

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
As a type 1 diabetic climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Dr. Whitney and Dr. Haas made me feel very comfortable. The entire UGA faculty on the trip responded quickly and effectively to any medical needs, and I felt comfortable talking with all of them about my medical concerns. After the hikers returned from our climb, Dr. Whitney was very helpful, as she looked over our minor injuries (blisters, rashes, etc.) and gave us basic first-aid assistance.

 

Rachel Nicole Helling, Maymester 2016 Participant
I had a couple medical issues on the trip and the professors and staff were amazing at helping me!

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
The staff that traveled with us were great. They were incredibly helpful and kind.

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
All of the teachers were very attentive to all of the students needs, and even went out of their way to get any student anything they needed. When a group of student got colds from some of the children at the orphanage, the teachers went out of their way to find fresh lemons and ginger to make everyone tea.

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
The value FAR exceeded the cost. If I attempted to recreate the program independently, it would be ridiculously more expensive and very difficult to plan.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
The Tanzania Study Abroad Program offers the invaluable opportunity to experience such a diverse array of cultural elements at a comparatively low price.

 

Rachel Nicole Helling, Maymester 2016 Participant
10000000/10 would recommend again!!

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Incredible. You can't get a better price for all of the amazing things you get to experience.

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
I think I did so many once in a lifetime activities, and stayed in such great accommodations for the price we payed. And I even climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for a very cheap added price onto my trip!

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
This program far exceeded my expectations and left me feeling very grateful for having the opportunity to be a part of it.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
This study abroad program exceeded my expectations!

 

Christine Corine Olivier, Maymester 2016 Participant
I have never been to Africa. With this trip I was able to experience so much of Tanzania and Zanzibar. I loved it. It was packed and filled with experiences. I would certainly do it again.

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
I wasn't really sure what to expect from the program, but I was greatly surprised and the program was such high quality.

 

Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
This program I will highly recommend to anyone that is skeptical about going to Africa. Not only did I get to immerse myself into the culture, I was able to do it with amazing group of people with me.

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
Dr. Moshi, Dr. Whitney, Dr. Haas, and Jill did a fabulous job leading/teaching the program. Also, the itinerary was perfectly planned, allowing a lot of activities while not tiring us out.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
When telling students about the optional climb up Kili, there should be a major disclaimer about the difficulty of the climb. Students should know that if they had any recent surgeries (ex: back, hip, knee, etc.), the climb WILL aggravate that part of the body. There were people who attempted the climb with the knowledge of past injuries/surgeries, and they should not have started the climb in the first place.

 

Neil Pidcock Peterson, Maymester 2016 Participant
I thought that this was an absolutely fantastic trip.

 

Hannah Brooke Weeg, Maymester 2016 Participant
So glad I did this maymester!

 

Elizabeth Ann Clerke, Maymester 2017 Participant
I had an overall great time

 

Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
I loved this program and I already miss the people and the experiences we had there.

 

Griffin Dalton Dennison, Maymester 2016 Participant
Pole Pole, Twende Mwanafunzi

 

Sarah Jane Dillon, Maymester 2016 Participant
bring extra underwear

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
Advice for future participants: Limit your cell phone usage while abroad. Although you might want to get the perfect Snapchat, you will connect more with your fellow participants and the Tanzanian community if you rid yourself of unnecessary technology. Unplug and enjoy!

 

Rachel Nicole Helling, Maymester 2016 Participant
I packed very minimal and regretted not having a couple more shirts (unless I wanted to wash mine)
-if climbing Kilimanjaro, make sure you wear the hiking boots that cover your ankles

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Do it! Get used to the sweet smell of bug spray and sunscreen.

 

Neil Pidcock Peterson, Maymester 2016 Participant
Make sure that you drink a lot of water!

 

Hannah Brooke Weeg, Maymester 2016 Participant
Climb the mountain!!!

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
Such an amazing experience!

 

Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
Make sure to bring bug spray, that is a must. Other than that, just go in with an open mind and allow yourself to try new things that way the trip will be one you won't forget.

 

Sarah Jane Dillon, Maymester 2016 Participant
It's a once in lifetime experience!

 

Megan Taylor Feight, Maymester 2016 Participant
The Tanzania program uniquely connects you to to the Tanzanian community while providing diverse, exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The fact that you can ride camels, snorkel, meet traditional Maasai people, enjoy safari rides, visit a seaweed farm, hold snakes, explore an active archeological site, feed giant land tortoises, see monkeys on nature walks, and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro all within a month's time is pretty incredible!

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Studying in Tanzania offers the unique opportunity of enjoying a vast array of authentic cultural experiences that I would never have known about if I traveled to Tanzania individually. Experiential learning allows you to gain invaluable knowledge about such a wide variety of topics.

 

Isabella Fisher Keller, Maymester 2016 Participant
"If you want an experience that you could not possibly do or think of on your own, join the UGA Tanzania study abroad.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Be prepared for zip off pants to change your life

 

Christine Corine Olivier, Maymester 2016 Participant
My first time in Africa, and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

 

Neil Pidcock Peterson, Maymester 2016 Participant
This is the experience of a lifetime.

 

Hannah Brooke Weeg, Maymester 2016 Participant
Going to Africa had been my dream for 18 years and I'm so thankful UGA offered this opportunity. It was everything I could have hoped for and more.

 

Elizabeth Ann Clerke, Maymester 2017 Participant
Studying abroad in Tanzania was one of the best choices that i've made at UGA.

 

Maymester 2017 Participant
This program is such a life-changing experience, and you will not regret taking this trip!

 

Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
"A program you won't forget!" or "A program that really allows you to understand and experience the country of Tanzania"