The program will begin in Arusha in January 2014. The first month of instruction will cover the essentials of Core 350 with a Tanzania focus. In February, students will travel to the island of Zanzibar where they will study Swahili language and culture at the State University of Zanzibar, will participate in field trips and live with Swahili speaking families. In March, students will return to the Arusha area where they will be placed in internships with local businesses, schools, government offices, churches, or NGOs. On weekdays, students will live with local families and on weekends they will gather together at a guest house. From mid-April through mid-May, the Whitworth program will be located in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam. There, students will study urban life and national politics. In addition to Whitworth professors, the program will feature university lecturers from the University of Dar es Salaam, and visits to museums and to the offices of key political, religious, and business leaders. As in Arusha and Zanzibar, students will live with local families.
In addition to the programming outlined above, students will go on field trips to Bagamoyo (a 19th century slave trading center), visit Ngorongro Crater National Game Park, Lake Manyara National Game Park, Olduvai Gorge, stay overnight in a Maasai boma and several days in a rural village. Steve and Susan Vinton of Village Schools International will lead a mid-semester retreat.