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UGA - Franklin - Service-Learning in Tanzania : Reviews (Moshi)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Program Evaluation
Maymester 2016 Participant
All of the readings given were very useful, but the books weren't used very often.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
The service learning booklet gives a detailed description of each day's activities, so there was no real worrying or not knowing what would be expected. The booklet also gave a lot of information about about the country, culture, and history. All of the information came in handy.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
Our professor has training to treat a student if he/she was was injured. We also knew the location of Kilimanjaro Medical Center in case we experienced a more serious injured that needed to be treated.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Felt very safe at all times.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
I loved the fact that our locations and transportation were included in our program fee. The hotel and tented camps were much nicer than I could've ever imagined! Even when staying in the Ngorongoro Conservation with the small potential of wild animals being nearby, I felt safe because we had tribal warriors with spears that guarded the campsite at night and would walk with us if we needed to go somewhere.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Not too stressful of a workload as long as you keep up with the journal. I was learning at all times.

 

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
I learned more through experience than the classroom. Class time was great, but the topics we discussed can only really be understood through experience. Discussion on our experiences in class was helpful.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
Our readings, although they were kind of long, were given to weeks prior to the program. We had plenty of time to read them and come up with any questions. Most of our learning was hands on and outside of the classroom-that's the main thing I loved about this whole experience.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
I loved all the places we visited. From the local markets and orphanages to the snake park and safari drives, there was always something new to experience and learn about!

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
Every place we stayed at was maintained well and the staff never hesitated to assist us.

 

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
The food was amazing.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
There was always a variety of food to choose from because the food was served buffet style. I never went hungry and was given the opportunity daily to explore new foods as well as eat standard American food at our hotel.

 

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
I really felt like I was immersed in the culture. The people were amazing & so welcoming. We went far beyond a normal tourist visit.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
The whole trip allowed me to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures. With Tanzania having 120 ethnic groups, you were bound to meet people with different stories to tell. Most of our time in Tanzania focused on working with children from orphanages and a tribal preschool. After observing them, we were given the opportunity to create sustainable projects-sustainable in the sense that they would still function or continue to run after we departed. Our service learning group also had the opportunity to learn Swahili and then go into the market to bargain for different foods. The food we were able to each buy for a $1 was then donated to a local orphanage. During the safari expeditions, are drivers were more than willing to answer our questions about they animals. They also never hesitated to provide us with any and every single bit of information they knew.

 

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
Mama Moshi rocks.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
Each professor was qualified in a different subject, but as a collective group they were phenomenal. Dr. Whitney educated us on the geography and geology of Tanzania along with some information about the animals we saw. Nick Cochran had us do activities that helped us make connections from the culture to psychological conceptions. Mama Moshi was able to give us history as well as personal experiences about Tanzania.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
All of our professors were willing to help us as long as we asked for the assistance.

 

Amy Tovah Cohen, Maymester 2016 Participant
Invaluable. Simply Invaluable.

 

Ha Thanh Truong, Maymester 2016 Participant
This program is worth every single penny.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
Compared to other study abroad programs, I think the Tanzania program is definitely more affordable and all of your money is put to good use.With all of the activities we do, I honestly would expect to the trip to be a lot higher. All of our transportation, food, lodging, and park costs were included in the program fee, which was amazing. I was able to win scholarships to pay this trip The only money I had to worry about bringing was money to get souvenirs.

 

Ha Thanh Truong, Maymester 2016 Participant
Studying abroad in Tanzania has been my favorite program yet. I think the best part of this program is that it allowed me an unparalleled experience to learn from and interact with the Tanzanians while introducing and welcoming me to a completely different culture and environment.

 

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
Amazing all we got to do with the cost.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
The program couldn't have been any better!

 

Scott Roderick Buie, Maymester 2016 Participant
I had the time of my life. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
I had a great time and am very thankful for the opportunity to go on such a great trip. After the trip, I came away knowing so much more than I would have thought going in both academically and otherwise.

 

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
Amazing trip!!

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
Some programs have more scholarship opportunities than this one along with other non-European countries. I feel like less traveled to countries should be promoted more and have the same scholarship opportunities, especially since that could encourage more students to travel there. Europe has a culture similar to the U.S. and I feel like students will/can benefit more (and in a variety of ways) if they are challenged to step out of familiarity and embrace change.

 

Scott Roderick Buie, Maymester 2016 Participant
The packing list especially for the mountain needs to be updated.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
Some advice I have for future participants would be, keep up with your journal in a very detailed manner. It will be very useful when it comes time to write all of the essays required afterwards.

 

Sydney Anne Freeman, Maymester 2017 Participant
Girls bring skirts and for the service learning, prepare them to work on their feet. The kids aren't going to want to do little activities at Upendo.

 

Sara Nicole Murphy, Maymester 2017 Participant
I wish we did not spend as much time on some of the field trips that we took, such as the Coca-Cola factory, but otherwise this trip was incredible.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
My main recommendations would be for students to come to this country with an open mind or as much open mindedness as possible. Tanzania is not the United States, so don't compare them and then disregard this country because different doesn't equate to bad. Instead observe the people, ask questions, and be eager to learn about a new culture. You learn some much about people and even reevaluate your own beliefs about different things. Don't choose to go study abroad in Africa just so you can say you did it. Make the most of the experience! Lastly, for those hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, you can make it without any previous hiking experience (like me) but it will be more enjoyable if you prepare for hiking beforehand.

 

Scott Roderick Buie, Maymester 2016 Participant
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don't miss out!

 

Amy Tovah Cohen, Maymester 2016 Participant
This is an experience of a lifetime. You'll see monkeys, lions, leopards, mongoose, cheetahs, hippos, and more. Plus, you'll experience the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets you could ever imagine. Worried about the price? You'll never again get to learn so much, visit such beautiful places, and interact with such wonderful people, or at least you'll never be able to do it all for such a good price. Go. You won't regret it.

 

Maymester 2016 Participant
This trip is the experience of a lifetime in which you will learn a lot about different cultures and African life, have a ton of fun, and meet a bunch of new people.

 

Ha Thanh Truong, Maymester 2016 Participant
Studying abroad in Tanzania has been my favorite program yet, and I've been on three in total. I think the best part of this program is that it allowed me an unparalleled experience to learn from and interact with the Tanzanians while introducing and welcoming me to a completely different culture and environment. I'm really glad I participated in this program because it helped me learn more about my academic, professional, and personal goals and reaffirm my love for travel and meeting different cultures.

 

Lalyric Antioniece Harris, Maymester 2017 Participant
Definitely grateful to have been able to visit Tanzania. Hands down one of the most influential / best decisions I've made if my life. From the excursions, exposure to the culture, food, the people, and just everything in between I absolutely loved it. I definitely would like to go back to Tanzania again.

 

Sara Nicole Murphy, Maymester 2017 Participant
I know it's cliche to say this, but this trip changed my life. I learned, experienced, and thrived more than I ever thought I could in one month.

 

Kaneisha Janae Smith, Maymester 2017 Participant
"Tanzania being in Africa should motivate you even more to go on this program! Don't be afraid to experience a new culture and step out of your comfort zone because the opportunity will expand your knowledge, force you to grow as a person, and become more aware about society."