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IEX J-Term 2019: With One Voice in Tanzania
Arusha, Tanzania; Bagamoyo, Tanzania; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Iringa, Tanzania; Moshi, Tanzania; Mwagusi, Tanzania; Tungamalenga, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Interim
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January Interim 2019 04/30/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2019 01/31/2019
NOTE: Course dates are still approximate at this point.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Program Term(s):
January Interim
Minimum Class Standing:
Minimum GPA:
Program Description:
Tanzania 1
Learn about healthcare and wellbeing in Tanzania from a holistic perspective, sing with Tanzanians in Swahili, and explore this beautiful country!

Tanzania is a beautiful country, rich in natural resources and culture. It is also one of the most medically underserved countries in the world. This Tanzania J-Term experience will provide students with the opportunity to learn a Tanzanian perspective of wellbeing in terms of resourcefulness, creativity, sense of community, and faith. Students will spend time with medical, spiritual, and educational leaders in both village and urban settings. Students will learn to sing in Swahili, as music will be used as a communication bridge in connecting and sharing with the Tanzanian people.

This course is designed for students who are interested in exploring health in Tanzania from a holistic perspective that regards one’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as intricately enmeshed. Students will interact directly with Tanzanians in rural and urban health care settings, including an extended stay in a rural village. Because music plays an important role in Tanzanian culture, students will have numerous opportunities to join the people of Tanzania in singing favorite Tanzanian songs of faith in Swahili. Students will write daily narratives that reflect on the meaning of these journeys, which will culminate in a final project that will analyze how their collective narratives capture the universal themes of their Tanzanian experience.

  • Maasai Girls School, project of Operation Bootstrap Africa
  • Arusha Medical Center, Plaster House for children
  • Moshi--Kilimanjaro Medical Center; Bill Gates Malaria Center     
  • Iringa: Iringa Medical Center; Neham Craft Center; Tumaini University
  • Tungamalenga village clinic; remote Maasai and HeHe villages
  • Ruaha National Park: Two safaris in the largest game reserve in Tanzania
  • Bagamoyo—Seaport market; ancient Islamic religious site
  • The Lazy Lagoon Resort on an island in the Indian Ocean. A place to reflect, write, swim, canoe, and snorkel
  • Course fulfills one of the two IEX credits required for graduation
The Tanzanian experience will begin at Kilimanjaro, visiting Operation Bootstrap schools in the Arusha and Moshi area. The course will continue south to Iringa and then off the beaten path to Tungamalenga and area Maasai villages.  Students will go on safari in Ruaha National Park and visit historic Bagamoyo. 

Academic Calendar 
Approximate dates for 2019 are as follows: 
Two to three pre-departure meetings during Fall semester 2018.  If you’re studying away during this semester, contact Barb Zust for arrangements. 
Minnesota retreat: January 6 to January 8, 2019
On-site program: January 9 to January 31, 2019

Faculty Leaders
Barb Zust, Nursing
Todd Mattson, Pastor, Living Waters Lutheran Church

Accommodations will vary depending on the location. The group will stay in hotels, hostels, retreat centers, and a resort.

Program Costs
The program fee is still being determined; more information will be posted here soon.

All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. 

Application Deadline 
Students must complete the online application by April 30, 2018. 

Entry visas and passports
U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Tanzania. Students will work with CICE on entry visa requirements, but they must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2019, by the start of Fall 2018 semester.

The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.