Maymester in Tanzania is a study abroad experience designed for elementary and secondary education students to earn 7-9 credits. The four-week program offers a range of unique and exciting experiences, including living on the Indian Ocean, immersion in Tanzanian language and culture, teaching in local schools, and a four-day safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Tanzania is located on the eastern coast of the African continent. It borders Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, and its eastern border lies on the Indian Ocean. Arusha, the home-base for the program, is located in Northern Tanzania, near several national safari parks.
Beginning early in the year, participants will be expected to attend monthly meetings to prepare for the program. The agendas for these meetings include Swahili lessons, opportunities to learn about the culture of Tanzania, logistical tasks, and time for participants to ask questions.
Tanzania has been relatively safe for many years. Program participants will be advised to travel in groups at all times and will be required to register with the United States Department of State prior to departure. Participants will take anti-malarial medicine (e.g., Malarone) during their time in Tanzania and several days/weeks before/after the trip. In addition, they may need to update immunizations. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides information about health precautions and recommendations for travel to Tanzania.
Purdue Study Abroad Fee
International Medical Insurance
Students may earn 7-9 credits — the exact courses and number of credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis; basis depending on the students’ individual needs. However, the following courses have been offered:
It was truly an honor to have had such a heartwarming, challenging, humbling, and life changing experience. I had wonderful moments immersing myself in a new culture, teaching, learning, creating meaningful friendships, going on mind-blowing adventures and making memories that will surely last forever. This program was pure perfection and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
For further information about Maymester in Tanzania, contact the program leader:
College of Education: Purdue University
100 N. University St., West Lafayette, IN 47907
765-494-2341 | Fax: 765-494-5832