Every even-numbered year TDS, in partnership with Northern Illinois University, provides a study abroad opportunity for 10-15 university students to travel to Tanzania to learn about the role of NGOs in development through experiential learning, supplemented by readings and seminar-style classes. The four-week summer program includes intensive Swahili classes; meetings and visits with indigenous and international NGOs and local officials; bus and air travel throughout the country to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Musoma, Mwanza, the Serengeti, and islands in Lake Victoria; work on a volunteer project; and possible independent research projects. Course credit is granted by Northern Illinois University for 3 or 6 credit hours in a variety of majors. Past credit has been granted in political science, public administration, corporate communications, nutrition and community leadership and civic engagement.
Students traveling with TDS not only benefit from this unique educational opportunity, but also use their skills, talents, and interests to benefit Tanzanians working to transform their own country. We encourage and work with students to find creative ways to advance development work in Tanzania. Each student becomes a new relationship between Tanzania and the rest of the world. Most importantly, our student volunteers serve to encourage Tanzanian students to remain committed to their own education and the opportunities that come with it.
Watch the Kidogo, Kidogo Dormitory Video to learn more about what we have accomplished and why we do it.
To apply, visit The Role of NGOs (Absent Local Government) in Tanzanian
Development: An Engaged Learning Course on the NIU Study Abroad website to begin the online application process. Students from other colleges and universities can also join this trip. To get started, contact the NIU Study Abroad Office at 815.753.0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the study abroad office at your home college or university.
Details about the trip can be found in NIU’s 2016 study abroad program description.
Learn more about the program through the recruitment presentation.