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Georgia College: Global Health in Tanzania
Arusha, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Short Term Spring
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Program Adviser: Liz Havey
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Program Description:
Gain clinical experience providing care to children and women in the Rift Valley in northern Tanzania.  Understand health needs of children and adolescents, including those related to school health while examining strategies for identification, management, client/family education, and referral in this cultural rich setting.  See for yourself the health deviations common to women and lifespan concerns/transitions of women, including the pre and postnatal experience and crises experienced uniquely by women.  Explore the Tanzanian health care system with intensive placements and educational workshops.

View the 2019 Tanzania Health.pdf flier!

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Academic Focus: This program is designed for undergraduate or graduate level nursing students as well as students pursuing the Global Health Minor and other health disciplines.

Courses: Students must enroll in one of the courses below:
  • HSCS 3993: Global Health Experience
  • NRSG 4980: Clinical Practice (7 credits)
  • NRSG 6800: Independent Study (3 credits)
  • NRSG 7410: Primary Care

outpostroomAccommodations: Participants will stay in hotels and campsites. The majority of the program, students will stay at the Outpost Lodge, a gorgeous hotel in the heart of Arusha with easy access to schools, community centers, and other resources. While on safari, the students will stay at Camp Iosotok, a permanent camp site hosting a fantastic "glamping" experience with running water and power in canvas cabins located in the heart of Maasai country and a short drive from Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara. While on safari at Ngorogoro Crater, participants will stay at the luxurious Ngorongoro Farm House

Excursions and Highlights:  Participants will immerse themselves in the health practices of Tanzania through clinical practice in maternity, anti and post-natal clinics, as well as operating theaters and pediatric wards. Students will also explore gender and economic stratification through health education workshops with the Pippi HouseWatoto Foundation, and Kiretono Resource Center. The group will also take a wild game drive (and tons of photos!) in the Ngorogoro Crater.

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Life and Culture: Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania or simply U.R.T (SwahiliJamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a large country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania. Tanzania's population of 51.82 million (2014)[12] is diverse, composed of several ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and since 1996, its official capital city has been Dodoma, where the President's Office, the National Assembly, and some government ministries are located.[13] 

European colonialism began in mainland Tanzania during the late 19th century when Germany formed German East Africa, which gave way to British rule following World War I. The mainland was governed as Tanganyika, with the Zanzibar Archipelago remaining a separate colonial jurisdiction. Following their respective independence in 1961 and 1963, the two entities merged in April 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania.[14]

While still considered part of the developing world, Tanzania has a strong educational system with literacy rates around 70% and is working to increase healthcare infrastructure and access to clean water. 

Maasai society is strongly patriarchal in nature, with elder men, sometimes joined by retired elders, deciding most major matters for each Maasai group. A full body of oral law covers many aspects of behavior. The Maasai are monotheistic, worshipping a single deity called Enkai or Engai. Engai has a dual nature: Engai Narok (Black God) is benevolent, and Engai Nanyokie (Red God) is vengeful.[31] The "Mountain of God", Ol Doinyo Lengai, is located in northernmost Tanzania. The central human figure in the Maasai religious system is the laibon whose roles include shamanistic healingdivination and prophecy, and ensuring success in war or adequate rainfall. Whatever power an individual laibon had was a function of personality rather than position.[32] Many Maasai have also adopted Christianity and Islam. The Maasai are known for their intricate jewelry.
playgroundA high infant mortality rate among the Maasai has led to babies not truly being recognized until they reach an age of 3 months ilapaitin.[33] For Maasai living a traditional life, the end of life is virtually without ceremony, and the dead are left out for scavengers.[34] A corpse rejected by scavengers is seen as having something wrong with it, and liable to cause social disgrace; therefore, it is not uncommon for bodies to be covered in fat and blood from a slaughtered ox.[35] Burial has in the past been reserved for great chiefs, since it is believed to be harmful to the soil.[36]

Traditional Maasai lifestyle centres around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food. The measure of a man's wealth is in terms of cattle and children. A herd of 50 cattle is respectable, and the more children the better. A man who has plenty of one but not the other is considered to be poor.[37] 

All of the Maasai’s needs for food are met by their cattle. They eat the meat, drink the milk and on occasion, drink the blood. Bulls, oxen and lambs are slaughtered for meat on special occasions and for ceremonies. Though the Maasai’s entire way of life has historically depended on their cattle, more recently, with their cattle dwindling, the Maasai have grown dependent on food such as sorghum, rice, potatoes and cabbage (known to the Maasai as goat leaves)

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Cost: $4,550, plus tuition, visa, and some meals.

The program fee includes: International airfare, all housing; excursions, cultural events, insurance, ground transportation, and some meals. Not included: GC tuition, student fees, passport, visitor visa, books, additional meals, and other personal expenses.

A $500 deposit must be paid online or directly to the International Education Center, 141 S. Clarke St. at the time of application. This deposit holds a place for eligible applicants to this study abroad program. $250 of this deposit is non-refundable, and the remaining $250 is refundable until Dec. 10. An additional payment of $2025 is due Dec. 10, and the balance of $2025 by Jan. 15. Only in an exceptional case, e.g., an extremely adverse exchange rate, will the cost of the program be increased beyond what is listed on this application. In the unlikely event the International Education Center finds it necessary to cancel a program before the start date, every attempt will be made to give a full refund. If unforeseen events require the shortening of a program after arrival in-country, the International Education Center will determine an equitable, prorated refund.

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elephantTravel Information: International airfare is included in the cost of the program. Students are required to travel both directions with the program. Exact flight details will be announced near the end of fall semester. 

Financial Aid/Scholarships: Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Georgia College approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Georgia College Study Abroad Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship, and more.

Dr. Sallie Coke, Associate Professor of Nursing, 478-445-2633,
Liz Havey, Assistant Director of Education Abroad, 478-445-1396, 

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