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Study Abroad: Sustainable Community Development in Tanzania

The Tanzania Partnership Program (TPP) supports a study abroad program each year in Tanzania. The program, Sustainable Community Development in Tanzania (SCDT), gives students the opportunity to learn a hands-on community engagement approach to development in a Tanzanian context.

study abroad girl with child.jpgSCDT offers students two interrelated opportunities: (1) undergraduate student scholars work with faculty and graduate student leaders in community development and collaborative research projects using a community engagement approach; and (2) graduate student leaders receive support for programs in areas related to the sustainable community development initiatives of TPP.

SCDT is at the forefront of MSUs and TPP’s efforts to embed community engagement principles into the university’s study abroad experience. The program is designed to increase community capacity and improve community well-being, while providing a transformational experience for MSU and Tanzanian students. SCDT is run in partnership with members of the northern village of Naitolia, the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), and Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA).

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Students and faculty from MSU, UDSM, and SUA work together with the community to organize, manage, and complete development and research projects. Projects vary depending on the immediate needs of the community and the interests of the students. Students learn about the history of development in Tanzania, different approaches to development, and receive linguistic training in Kiswahili. To culturally orient and deepen students’ connection to the community, the SCDT program includes a homestay with local families. Students gain friendships and form academic partnerships that are likely to continue long after the program has ended.

Contact Jonathan Choti or the Michigan State University Study Abroad Office for more information on the Sustainable Community Development Education Abroad Program.

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Education Abroad Videos

"A World of Good"

Betty Okwako, the Sustainable Community Development in Tanzania program faculty lead from 2012-2014, describes the study abroad program

"Tacking Global Challenges - Attacking the World's Biggest Problems"

2013 Koschowsky Scholar Justine Brunett discusses sustainable community development, the Tanzanian Partnership Program, and her study abroad experience.

"The Best, Most Intimidating Decision I've Ever Made"

2014 Michigan State University Kolschowsky Scholar James Cotter describes his experiences studying in Tanzania.