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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: IPSL: Study Abroad + Service-Learning 
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Global Health, Women's Health  & Human Rights

Tanzania 750 16x9 

Sustainable Service through the IPSL Service-Learning Plus Program!
IPSL students have an exclusive opportunity to work and live in Moshi City, at the base of Kilimanjaro, volunteering at a local sustainable development NGO. The Karanga Technical Training Centre supports youth in learning a variety of skills to provide the certificate needed to enter a Technical college, skills to start their own business or work for a company as a skilled and educated tradesperson. IPSL students can volunteer to support English language learning, computer literacy, exam preparation as well as help with the trades.
The center also has two permanent environmental initiatives involving educating the local community about preserving water sources and forest lands. Students could provide hands-on support to clean the local river, educate the community and establish and implement programs to raise environmental awareness. Students might also contribute to sustainable forest harvesting initiatives that educate locals on good forest practices as well as community business programs utilizing locally made wood products.
By experiencing another region of Tanzania and serving in an organization doing different work from the ones students volunteer with in Arusha, a deeper understanding of the wide-ranging issues Tanzania is grappling with is achieved. IPSL students return each semester to Moshi and the Karanga Technical Training Centre to help further the goals of the community and engage in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice and sustainable change for local communities.…a beautiful blend of people, natural wonders & amazing wildlife.

The IPSL program in Tanzania offers an opportunity for students to study the Swahili language in a country where it originated and experience all of the beauty this country has to offer. Tanzania is unique to East Africa in that it has been relatively untouched by western culture providing a unique view of a society in transition. The northern city of Arusha, the capital of Tanzania, is an international center for human rights and is a major international diplomatic hub that is the home of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and hosts the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. 

Ethical Service in Arusha Tanzania 
Situated at the base of Mount Meru (the second highest mountain in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro), the climate is temperate and wildlife preserves (including the world’s largest-Selous), national parks and forests are numerous. Tanzania has the largest concentration and diversity of animals in Africa, and there are over 1,100 bird species to spot in the country. It is home to elephants, buffaloes and rhinos and the Selous boasts Africa’s greatest concentration of hippos, crocodiles and wild dogs. The UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Ngorongoro Crater’ (the world’s largest intact crater) is home to grasslands that blend into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodlands and mountains; a spectacular haven for wildlife and is one of the last wild refuges for the black rhino. The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular park and has been proclaimed one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of Africa’. 

The country is a mixture of more than 120 ethnic groups including the nomadic Maasai who are known for their distinctive customs, dress and remarkable height. A majority of the people speak Bantu languages, including Kiswahili, which is the official language. Major religions include Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and tribal traditions.

Experience Tanzania like a local...not a tourist
Time spent in the city studying, volunteering and living with a Tanzanian family is combined with opportunities to explore the National Parks as well as the urban environment of Arusha and surrounding northern Tanzanian villages. Your studies, volunteer service and various excursions will immerse you in the culture and deepen your understanding of Tanzanian society in a way that goes beyond that experienced in traditional study abroad programs. Through service-learning you will learn about Tanzanian culture, its history, human rights, sustainable community development, global health and women’s issues. 

Now More than Ever…
There is a clear and pressing need to engage with our world in an ACTIVE way. The world needs young leaders to fight for social justice and equal rights.
Are you up for the challenge?

Be a part of COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism) – the only study abroad program working to create sustainable change through advocacy!
COSA – Community Organizing and Social Activism
Learn the practical skills to be an active agent of change and social justice. Study the many international efforts in history, learn from these efforts and use them to develop a personal ethic of service, advocacy and civic engagement. COSA will teach you the skills of community organizing and will empower you to create sustainable change in your own communities. 

Program Highlights
Language of Instruction: English and Swahili
Transcript issued by the IPSL Institute for Global Learning


Courses & Credits - Semester
Students may take up to 18 credits per semester (6 credits for summer)
Courses are 3 credits each


Required Courses
Beginning Swahili
COSA in Tanzania (Community Organizing and Social Activism)
Intro to COSA

Possible Electives
Electives may vary depending on term and, as with all institutions, may not be offered due to low enrollment and other factors. Additionally, not all choices may be available as there may be a scheduling conflict between the required courses, your service obligations and your electives. It is best to choose additional electives from the list and get approval from your home school in advance.

HIV/AIDS in Tanzania
Introduction to Human Rights in Africa
Sustainable Community Development in Tanzania 
Global Health and Epidemiology
Tanzanian Socialism in Transition
Peace Studies / Conflict Resolution

Service Opportunities
Opportunities for substantive service (approximately 15 hours per week) are generally available in the following areas:

Youth Development NGO 
(Social media and website development, designing curriculum and workshops, editing &/or assisting with teaching sessions)
Small Community Hospital 
(Clinic intake, patient assessment, charting &/or assisting in exams)

Community Health Clinic 
(Clinic intake, patient assessment, charting, assisting in exams)
Childcare Center and School for Orphans 
(Working with abandoned and orphaned children of all ages teaching: English, Life Skills, Recreation, Art & Music)

(Working with elementary and secondary schools in the areas of English, Health Education, Youth Leadership, Life Skills, Sports and Recreation, School Website Design and School Database work) 


Students will live with a Tanzanian family who live in Arusha. Bedrooms can be either single or double-occupancy and shared with another same-sex family member or other student. Full board is included. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be part of a different culture.

The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential and are, at least, 18 years of age. TOEFL equivalent 550. No African language requirement.

What's Included?
Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; homestay housing; three meals per day, 7 days per week; service placement and supervision; health insurance; pick-up and drop off at airport upon arrival and departure; academic excursions; administrative fees; and pre-departure materials.

What's typically NOT Included?
Passport; visa, including volunteer permit fees; visa extension; vaccine fees; international airfare; books; personal spending money; local transportation; local cell phone; internet data and independent travel.

IPSL is a registered Social Benefit Corporation that is committed to its mission and dedicated to promoting an ethic of service. We invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where we serve.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.