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Arusha, Shirati, Tanzania

Program Description

Tanzania, East Africa is considered to be the “Cradle of Mankind” due to the archeological finds dating back 2-3.6 million years. The Bantu tribes are known to have inhabited the area as early as 200 years ago and their language forms the base of the Swahili language. The beautiful Serengeti spans Northern Tanzania. Included in the program is a three day safari through the Serengeti where giraffes, elephants, and lions will be seen in their natural habitat.

The course experience will begin with bi-weekly two-hour meetings on campus during the spring of 2021 semester. Students will use this semester to delve into the history, culture, and development of Tanzania. They will work closely with contacts from Shirati in the Mara Region of Tanzania and Arusha in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania to research and develop projects to enhance the sustainability of resources in the regions. Instructors will work closely with students to identify needs in the area and propose projects that will have enduring effects on the surrounding area. As part of the preparation for the program, Swahili lessons will be provided and students will be expected to practice the language to gain at least a minimal proficiency.

Dr. Andrea Knopp and Dr. Betsy Herron will be the instructors. Both professors have led study abroad programs in Tanzania and have worked closely with Shirati Hospital and Stella Maris School.

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Location Description

During the three weeks in Tanzania, students will visit two locations, Shirati Hospital and Stella Maris School, where projects will be undertaken on site or in the surrounding communities.

In country travel will be included from one region to the other via flight or bus.


Elizabeth Herron | | Nursing

Andrea Knopp | | Nursing


Housing in Tanzania will be dormitory style housing which will include meals. Most of the rooms available are double rooms, some are triples, with shared bathroom facilities. Transportation will be arranged by the course instructors.

Family style meals are included in the cost of housing in Tanzania. There will be opportunities for students to eat at restaurants as a group with the instructors on one or two occasions.

Additional Items to Consider

All of the sites we will visit in Tanzania are rural and internet access is not guaranteed.

Immunizations are required and medications for the prevention of malaria are also required.

A Visa is required to enter Tanzania and will be obtained prior to departure with the assistance of the instructors. An updated passport is also required.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

The undergraduate portion of this program is open to students from the Honors College. The graduate portion is open to graduate nursing students who are in good standing in the school of nursing.

Undergraduates: must be a part of the JMU Honors Program

Graduate students: must be a part of the school of nursing

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


Honors 300: Honors Seminar (6 credits)

NSG 531: International Health: A Tanzanian Perspective (4 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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