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Tanzania

Dates

June 1 – July 1, 2023

Cost

$4,925 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Service-Learning Practicum

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Tanzania brings students the essence of Africa! With a site bearing global landmarks and natural resources, such as Lake Victoria, Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Islands, and the Serengeti, the KIIS Tanzania program focuses on public health to offer both instructional learning and practicum experiences. Students from public health related majors such as nursing, medicine, health administration, social work, public health, environmental/occupational health, etc., will learn about the health system of Tanzania, people, culture, and public health issues facing the sub-Saharan Africa region. Courses include a practicum that provides rich hands-on and observational experiences in settings such as hospitals, HIV clinics, community settings, and orphanage homes. The program is based in the city of Dar es Salaam; it includes excursions to Lake Victoria, the Serengeti for a day-long safari, and the famous Islands of Zanzibar.

 Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 students per room.

Orientation: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023. See Orientation for more information.

Student Spotlight: Cierra Battle, a KIIS Alum, shares how her KIIS experience has influenced her post-graduation decision. Check it out here!

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.  

NUR 317-1 Topics: Community Health Nursing in Africa

Dr. Edith Tarimo

Nursing in Africa encourages development of community activities that contribute to the promotion of education about, and maintenance of good health in the African context but with global application. These activities require comprehensive knowledge and skills that pay attention to social influences and specific populations at risk. Therefore, the course prepares the students to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills needed when they interact with various groups of people in the local and global communities.

NURS 317-2 Topics: Nursing Service-Learning Practicum

Dr. Edith Tarimo

The clinical experiences will provide students the opportunity to observe nursing and medical practice under supervision in the Tanzanian health system with clients across the lifespan. Students will have the opportunity to observe Tanzanian nurses, physicians and other healthcare workers provide client care, assessment, treatments, and procedures.

SWRK 490-1 Topics: Topics: Family Grief and Loss

Dr. Ann-Marie Buchanan 

Our world has seemingly been turned upside down, and the loss of loved ones seems to be more prevalent due to: terrorism, illness, senseless tragedies, such as school shootings, or natural disasters. This class will introduce the student to the experiences of grief and loss in their own lives and in their helping roles for clients, family and friends. They will learn about support systems, and resources that are in place to help those coping with grief and loss, both in the U.S. and in Tanzania.

SWRK 490-2 Topics: Topics: Human Diversity and Social Justice

Dr. Ann-Marie Buchanan 

Role of human diversity in social work practice; focus on discrimination, economic deprivation, oppression, differences and similarities in experiences, needs, and beliefs of people distinguished by ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, age, class, religion/spiritual beliefs, family form, socioeconomic or sociolegal status, physical/mental challenges, region, or urban/rural locality. The students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast the differences between the U.S. and Tanzania.

HCA 247 Contemporary Healthcare Issues

Dr. William Mkanta

Most health systems in the world are passing through an era of change because of demographic, disease, political, economic, and environmental trends that affect the structure and functions of the systems. In this course, students will gain an understanding of the current issues facing the Tanzanian health system in an onsite seminar that will also provide an outlook of the African experience. The second component of this course will be an examination of a series of comparisons the students will make on contemporary healthcare issues between Tanzania and other countries or continents of interest such as North America and Europe. The comparisons will be on issues of interest including resources, access, cost, quality, and experience of care.

HCA 459/559 Global Health Service-Learning Practicum (3-6 hours)

Dr. William Mkanta

Graduate credit available

This practicum allows students in health professions such as medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work, and health administration to apply their skills alongside their Tanzanian counterparts while addressing the health needs of the community.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Practicum Opportunities

Available for both undergraduate and graduate students in health professions such as health administration, medicine, nursing, nutrition and social work. Interested students should contact KIIS Tanzania Program Director Dr. William Mkanta to begin making preparations. 

Kairuki Hospital

One of the leading private and teaching hospitals in the country. Students will be involved in nursing, community health, hospital services and social work rotations to learn and work side by side with practitioners, instructors, and technicians within the hospital. Involvement with both Kairuki and Sinza hospitals will offer students an opportunity to compare different aspects of services between public and private hospitals in Tanzania.

TAYOA

Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA) engages both clinical and non-clinical individuals in programs aimed at reaching the youth in schools and communities for education on HIV control and prevention. Practicum involves school outreach activities and site education on HIV.

Msimbazi Catholic Orphanage & Kurasini National Orphanage Home

Msimbazi (0-2 years) and Kurasini (up to 18 years) are practicum sites that offer you the opportunity to care and interact with the children and staff in different activities including teaching, food distribution, feeding the children, playing, helping in homework, reading, etc.

University Health Center

UHC Acts as a health center providing services to the closed population of students and other members of the community affiliated with the university. Relevant for nursing and human services practicums.

Sinza Hospital

Sinza Hospital is classified as a district hospital within the structure of the Tanzanian health system. It is designed to offer inpatient and outpatient services to a large volume of people from diverse social backgrounds. Women’s health, labor & delivery, counseling, administration, minor and major operating theatres are popular settings for practicum experience.

WAMATA

WAMATA is one of the leading HIV care and support agencies in Tanzania. You will learn about HIV while engaged in clinical and administrative internships. It includes patient-student interactions, US-Tanzania student interactions, outreach activities and home health care.

Program Excursions

Mwanza/ Serengeti Wildlife Safari

A flight to Mwanza takes us to the banks of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and the second largest freshwater lake in the world, for an excursion that provides a blend of historic, nature, cultural, social, and national expeditions. It includes: a day of Rock City Tour; a day of wildlife Safari in the world-famous Serengeti National Park that hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world; an integrative cultural museum and village life excursion; a visit to a Back…

Mbudya Island

A day excursion to a small uninhabited picnic island off the coast of Dar es Salaam. We can explore the island by hiking, swimming and snorkeling. The huts on the island are perfect for group meals and quiet time. Alternates with Bagamoyo excursion.

Bagamoyo

One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bagamoyo is on a former slave trade route and was the first capital of Tanzania during the colonial era. It is the home of Swahili people and culture. Excursions include Kaole ruins, the first Catholic church in East Africa and old German tombs. Alternates with Mbudya Island excursion.

Mbalamwezi Beach

Free weekends are spent at Mbalamwezi beach where we enjoy a family feel among Tanzanian families. The beach house offers local cuisine as well as a live band and beach volleyball area.

Zanzibar [Spice Island]

During our three days and two nights in Zanzibar, we take a boat ride across the Indian Ocean. Cultural and historic outings include: spice farm, stone town, Safari Blue (a day in the Indian Ocean), slave market and offshore island visits.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,925 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Tanzania

Accommodations

2 Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Dar es Salaam City Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($165), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $300-$700 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,900 – $2,000

The group flight is required for all Tanzania participants. The Tanzania group flight will depart from either Washington, D.C  (IAD) or New York (JFK) to Dar es Salaam (DAR), Tanzania. The group flight price includes an internal flight between Dar-Mwanza-Dar (KIIS Tanzania safari excursion). KIIS will purchase these flight tickets for you. The group flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. 

 Participants on the group flight have the option to stay at a hotel near the departure airport on the night of May 31. The cost of the hotel is covered by the group flight airline ticket.

Flights to Tanzania are typically overnight. The program departs the USA on June 1, arriving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on June 2. Return flights from Tanzania to the USA also are typically overnight. The program departs Tanzania on June 30, arriving in the USA on July 1. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

June 1 – July 1, 2023

Cost

$4,925 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Service-Learning Practicum

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Tanzania brings students the essence of Africa! With a site bearing global landmarks and natural resources, such as Lake Victoria, Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Islands, and the Serengeti, the KIIS Tanzania program focuses on public health to offer both instructional learning and practicum experiences. Students from public health related majors such as nursing, medicine, health administration, social work, public health, environmental/occupational health, etc., will learn about the health system of Tanzania, people, culture, and public health issues facing the sub-Saharan Africa region. Courses include a practicum that provides rich hands-on and observational experiences in settings such as hospitals, HIV clinics, community settings, and orphanage homes. The program is based in the city of Dar es Salaam; it includes excursions to Lake Victoria, the Serengeti for a day-long safari, and the famous Islands of Zanzibar.

 Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotel, 3-5 students per room.

Orientation: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023. See Orientation for more information.

Student Spotlight: Cierra Battle, a KIIS Alum, shares how her KIIS experience has influenced her post-graduation decision. Check it out here!

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.  

NUR 317-1 Topics: Community Health Nursing in Africa

Dr. Edith Tarimo

Nursing in Africa encourages development of community activities that contribute to the promotion of education about, and maintenance of good health in the African context but with global application. These activities require comprehensive knowledge and skills that pay attention to social influences and specific populations at risk. Therefore, the course prepares the students to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills needed when they interact with various groups of people in the local and global communities.

NURS 317-2 Topics: Nursing Service-Learning Practicum

Dr. Edith Tarimo

The clinical experiences will provide students the opportunity to observe nursing and medical practice under supervision in the Tanzanian health system with clients across the lifespan. Students will have the opportunity to observe Tanzanian nurses, physicians and other healthcare workers provide client care, assessment, treatments, and procedures.

SWRK 490-1 Topics: Topics: Family Grief and Loss

Dr. Ann-Marie Buchanan 

Our world has seemingly been turned upside down, and the loss of loved ones seems to be more prevalent due to: terrorism, illness, senseless tragedies, such as school shootings, or natural disasters. This class will introduce the student to the experiences of grief and loss in their own lives and in their helping roles for clients, family and friends. They will learn about support systems, and resources that are in place to help those coping with grief and loss, both in the U.S. and in Tanzania.

SWRK 490-2 Topics: Topics: Human Diversity and Social Justice

Dr. Ann-Marie Buchanan 

Role of human diversity in social work practice; focus on discrimination, economic deprivation, oppression, differences and similarities in experiences, needs, and beliefs of people distinguished by ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, age, class, religion/spiritual beliefs, family form, socioeconomic or sociolegal status, physical/mental challenges, region, or urban/rural locality. The students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast the differences between the U.S. and Tanzania.

HCA 247 Contemporary Healthcare Issues

Dr. William Mkanta

Most health systems in the world are passing through an era of change because of demographic, disease, political, economic, and environmental trends that affect the structure and functions of the systems. In this course, students will gain an understanding of the current issues facing the Tanzanian health system in an onsite seminar that will also provide an outlook of the African experience. The second component of this course will be an examination of a series of comparisons the students will make on contemporary healthcare issues between Tanzania and other countries or continents of interest such as North America and Europe. The comparisons will be on issues of interest including resources, access, cost, quality, and experience of care.

HCA 459/559 Global Health Service-Learning Practicum (3-6 hours)

Dr. William Mkanta

Graduate credit available

This practicum allows students in health professions such as medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work, and health administration to apply their skills alongside their Tanzanian counterparts while addressing the health needs of the community.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Practicum Opportunities

Available for both undergraduate and graduate students in health professions such as health administration, medicine, nursing, nutrition and social work. Interested students should contact KIIS Tanzania Program Director Dr. William Mkanta to begin making preparations. 

Kairuki Hospital

One of the leading private and teaching hospitals in the country. Students will be involved in nursing, community health, hospital services and social work rotations to learn and work side by side with practitioners, instructors, and technicians within the hospital. Involvement with both Kairuki and Sinza hospitals will offer students an opportunity to compare different aspects of services between public and private hospitals in Tanzania.

TAYOA

Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA) engages both clinical and non-clinical individuals in programs aimed at reaching the youth in schools and communities for education on HIV control and prevention. Practicum involves school outreach activities and site education on HIV.

Msimbazi Catholic Orphanage & Kurasini National Orphanage Home

Msimbazi (0-2 years) and Kurasini (up to 18 years) are practicum sites that offer you the opportunity to care and interact with the children and staff in different activities including teaching, food distribution, feeding the children, playing, helping in homework, reading, etc.

University Health Center

UHC Acts as a health center providing services to the closed population of students and other members of the community affiliated with the university. Relevant for nursing and human services practicums.

Sinza Hospital

Sinza Hospital is classified as a district hospital within the structure of the Tanzanian health system. It is designed to offer inpatient and outpatient services to a large volume of people from diverse social backgrounds. Women’s health, labor & delivery, counseling, administration, minor and major operating theatres are popular settings for practicum experience.

WAMATA

WAMATA is one of the leading HIV care and support agencies in Tanzania. You will learn about HIV while engaged in clinical and administrative internships. It includes patient-student interactions, US-Tanzania student interactions, outreach activities and home health care.

Program Excursions

Mwanza/ Serengeti Wildlife Safari

A flight to Mwanza takes us to the banks of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and the second largest freshwater lake in the world, for an excursion that provides a blend of historic, nature, cultural, social, and national expeditions. It includes: a day of Rock City Tour; a day of wildlife Safari in the world-famous Serengeti National Park that hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world; an integrative cultural museum and village life excursion; a visit to a Back…

Mbudya Island

A day excursion to a small uninhabited picnic island off the coast of Dar es Salaam. We can explore the island by hiking, swimming and snorkeling. The huts on the island are perfect for group meals and quiet time. Alternates with Bagamoyo excursion.

Bagamoyo

One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bagamoyo is on a former slave trade route and was the first capital of Tanzania during the colonial era. It is the home of Swahili people and culture. Excursions include Kaole ruins, the first Catholic church in East Africa and old German tombs. Alternates with Mbudya Island excursion.

Mbalamwezi Beach

Free weekends are spent at Mbalamwezi beach where we enjoy a family feel among Tanzanian families. The beach house offers local cuisine as well as a live band and beach volleyball area.

Zanzibar [Spice Island]

During our three days and two nights in Zanzibar, we take a boat ride across the Indian Ocean. Cultural and historic outings include: spice farm, stone town, Safari Blue (a day in the Indian Ocean), slave market and offshore island visits.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,925 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Tanzania

Accommodations

2 Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Dar es Salaam City Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($165), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $300-$700 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,900 – $2,000

The group flight is required for all Tanzania participants. The Tanzania group flight will depart from either Washington, D.C  (IAD) or New York (JFK) to Dar es Salaam (DAR), Tanzania. The group flight price includes an internal flight between Dar-Mwanza-Dar (KIIS Tanzania safari excursion). KIIS will purchase these flight tickets for you. The group flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. 

 Participants on the group flight have the option to stay at a hotel near the departure airport on the night of May 31. The cost of the hotel is covered by the group flight airline ticket.

Flights to Tanzania are typically overnight. The program departs the USA on June 1, arriving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on June 2. Return flights from Tanzania to the USA also are typically overnight. The program departs Tanzania on June 30, arriving in the USA on July 1. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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