Study Abroad/Off-Campus: Tanzania: Cross-Cultural Collaboration & Exchange
January 5–20, 2017 (depart Jan 5 from Chicago)*
*Note: Dates subject to change
This trip offers students a glimpse of the African continent through the diverse geographies, peoples, arts practices, customs, languages, and cultural norms of the country of Tanzania. It provides opportunities to unpack ‘Western’ stereotypes of Africa and African stereotypes of ‘Westerners’ and to examine how tourism, the history of humanitarianism, and popular media have served to construct and maintain these stereotypes. Because students will be traveling with East African artists, they will gain an intimate view of the local arts scene from those who are immersed in it, as well as a first-hand perspective on East African histories, politics, and contemporary life. The focus of the trip on collaboration and exchange also offers opportunities for direct engagement with children, youth and young adults through arts practices that emphasize resilience and collective problem solving, and involvement in ethnographic research designed to better understand local perspectives on the arts, culture, and healing practices.
We will visit various geographies and sites in Tanzania, including the bustling city of Dar es Salaam, a college of arts in a historic coastal town on the Indian Ocean, a primary school near the lush foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the wildlife (lions, rhinos, monkeys, hippos and other animals) of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the archeological site at Olduvai Gorge. We will be exposed to local craft markets and artists’ studios, the work of socially engaged artists working to mitigate the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS, and art forms from traditional to contemporary. We will experience the beauty, assets, and cultural richness of Tanzania, as well as its challenges—poverty, corruption, limited access to material and social resources. The end result will likely be a more nuanced, realistic, rich and complicated view of Tanzania and its peoples.
Credits: 3 credits STUDIO and/or 3 credits LIBARTS
Cathy Moon, Art Therapy
Karen Morris, Liberal Arts, Visual Critical Studies
Program fee: Approx. $5,800 including airfare Chicago to Dar es Salaam (also including accommodation, admissions, ground transport, and most meals).
PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,497 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,580 per credit hour.
Group airfare is included in the program fee.
Instructor consent required. Submit the Application Form Winter 2017 Study Trip - Tanzania [PDF] to faculty for pre-approval to register.
Online registration begins: October 12, 2016
Deposit due at registration: $525
Wednesday, September 7, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 620
Monday, September 26, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 620
From last trip's course evalutations:
- The Tanzania Study Trip was absolutely incredible. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it fulfilled far more than I could ever have expected. The immersion into the culture and working with local schools and facilities gave true insight into a society I never thought I'd witness or experience.
- Highly structured, planned tour of Tanzania. Definitely an adventure. Not for the faint of heart, mind, or body. Beautiful landscapes, hot sun, mosquitos, and a mix of inspiring and troubling socialscapes.
- The course was very rewarding, we gave back to the communities we visited through collaboration with its members, it was also emotionally difficult as we questioned our position as outsiders as we gave back.
- This study abroad trip challenged every bit of my understanding of culture, communication and collaboration……. The readings provided pre-trip were so important to the critical magnifying glass we were looking through during our stay in each location.
- Each discussion was led by skilled clinician/art therapist Cathy Moon and Anthropologist Karen Morris. Along with Linda Stolz of Global Alliance, we were probed and challenged to consider our own position and lens with which we view the world. Discussions were sometimes uncomfortable, but safe, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in this, for some, novel experience.
- Ah....what can one say about Cathy Moon? This woman brought a wealth of experience to what ended up being a life changing opportunity. With all of the newness, challenges, and rawness of the culture, Cathy challenged each of us to explore our feelings, supported healthy discussion in the process of embracing those challenges and ultimately served as a pillar of calmness and strength throughout the course. I loved her obvious joy in the land, and its people. Clear that an enormous amount of work went into this trip's planning.
- Karen and Cathy are unbelievable!! what PERFECT instructors to have on this trip. Both of their educational and experiential backgrounds brought two great/different perspectives to the class.
- Karen's passion for ethnography and anthropology was contagious. Her positive attitude and ability to accept any mental or physical challenge that we were presented with guided the group to accept all of our expected and unexpected travel and cultural circumstances. As a student outside of her department, I feel extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside her as well as under her supervision.
- This trip has changed me in ways I will be processing in years to come. Immersing ourselves as students and not directly as tourists provided a plethora of opportunities that cannot be seen only from a three day safari. Having the chance to work alongside local artists and the GAA affiliates was incredibly beneficial and deepened the cultural immersion. Being constantly surrounded by locals offered ongoing education and cultural understanding.
- Be prepared for an emotional course that may make you physically and emotionally distressed, but is infinitely rewarding. It demands a lot of critical thinking, ability to withstand hours on a bumpy bus, and flexibility with expectations. I feel emotionally transformed from this trip and am determined to make a return trip one day.
- GO!! you won’t regret it :) Yes, it is a lot of money but you get every pennies worth. The way the class is set up you are guaranteed to get a great educational experience. Consider the fact that you are traveling with Tanzanians and Kenyans (if you are) and really think about what kind of questions you would want to ask them and what you want to learn most from someone who lives there. You really don’t need to pack as much as you think! Minimal is best.