This course is conducted in conjunction with the Baobab Home (www.tzkids.org), an orphanage run by spouses Terri Place and Caito Mwandu in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Bagamoyo is a town of about 30K located on the Indian Ocean, approximately 70 km north of Dar es Salaam. In addition to the orphanage, Terri, Caito, and their employees are involved in the following activities that benefit their community:
• Educating residents about HIV/AIDS;
• Helping support former street boys by funding their secondary education and tutoring;
• Constructing buildings that are part of an sustainable living community located on 20 acres of land (this is the home of the orphanage);
• Serving breakfast at the hospital’s HIV Clinic;
• Running the Steven Tito Academy, a non-government school for bright children from poor families.
There are two pre-requisites for this course, both which occur during Fall 2013. In PY 330, students will learn about local, national, and global poverty and have first-hand contact with the homeless and marginal in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood via Service Learning or a Community-Based Research Project. In Tanzania, students will see more abject poverty by U.S. standards, but less income disparity. This contrast will encourage students to consider fully what it means to be poor, and how each community has advantages and disadvantages in terms of how their physical, social, and spiritual resources affect the psychological well-being of their members. A continuation of the Service Learning or Community-Based Research Project will take place in Bagamoyo. In PY 331, students will receive a brief overview of the history and culture of East Africa; discuss the psychology of altruism; and gain a beginning knowledge of Swahili so that communication with residents will be possible.