Pre-Departure Course and Post-Return Course
Students accepted for participation in the East Africa Program are required to participate in the Cross-Cultural Explorations I (1 credit) course prior to departure. CCEI is designed to prepare the students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, lectures, and discussions with faculty and former participants of the program. A weekend retreat is part of this course. Students and parents/guardians will also receive a Program Handbook full of important information prior to departure. Credit for CCEI is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program. Upon returning to campus, students are required to participate in Cross-Cultural Explorations II (1 credit), a 7-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience.
Courses and Credits
Students will earn a total of 18 semester hours for successful completion of the program. Grades will be sent to the Earlham Registrar and will be included in the GPA. Courses include:
- Ecology and Behavior of African Animals (5 hours, upper-level Biology, fulfills Scientific Inquiry lab requirement): Students will study the ecology of African animals with emphasis on the adaptive behavior of invertebrates, birds and mammals. Direct field observation, independent study projects, readings and lectures will be central activities. Recent projects have included studies of zebra, acacia ants, elephants, baboons and dung beetles. (Pre-requisite: Eco-Bio or special arrangements with instructor - see Brent Smith for more information.)
- Cultures of Tanzania and Kenya (5 hours, upper-level interdisciplinary, fulfills Diversity International requirement): Students will work toward a greater understanding of a variety of East African cultures through participation, observation, readings and analysis. Family life will provide a focus for the study of social culture. Homestays, independent ethnographic study projects, readings and discussions will be major activities. Recent projects have included studies of childbirth, witchcraft, orphanages, care of AIDS patients and deaf education.
- Human Demography and Environmental Sustainability (5 hours, upper-level interdisciplinary): East Africa has one of the highest population growth rates in the world. It also has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS. Humans and wildlife increasingly compete for land and resources. We will investigate the impact these factors have on economic and social development and on the conservation of biodiversity. Direct observation in both urban and rural settings, homestays, readings, lectures by professionals and field trips will be major activities.
- Kiswahili (3 hours, lower-level interdisciplinary): This course is an intensive introduction to Kiswahili, the official language of Tanzania and Kenya.
- AWPE: Walking and Trekking (1 hour): Tone your muscles while taking in the awesome landscapes of East Africa!
The program will cost the equivalent of one semester of on-campus tuition, room, board and fees for the 2015-16 academic year. The program covers academic and educational costs, and includes room and board, on-site transportation, required field excursions and other group activities while on the academic portion of the program.
A $350 deposit is required after acceptance to the program, which is part of the total program fee. Students on financial aid are eligible to apply their aid to one Earlham or Earlham-approved off-campus program during their college career.
Students will need to plan for additional money to cover round-trip airfare, personal expenses, books, passport, visas and costs during the independent travel period. Passport and visas are required for travel to Tanzania and Kenya.
Students are required to travel together as a group from Europe to Tanzania. Flight arrangements will be discussed during the orientation sessions.
Undergraduate students in good standing with the College may apply. Students on academic probation are not eligible to participate. A person’s eligibility for this program may also be affected by being placed on disciplinary probation. Majors from all disciplines are welcome. Selection will be conducted by a student and faculty committee.