Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tanzania Educational Tour, June 17-July 1, 2009

St. Olaf English Professor Joseph Mbele and Social Studies Teacher Larry Fowler will be leading an educational tour to Tanzania this summer. The purpose is to familiarize participants with African culture and introduce them to Tanzanian culture and families.

Spend two weeks in one of the most stable countries in Africa. Visit some of its fabled national parks: Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara.

Get a glimpse of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Meet the laid-back Tanzanians, famous for their friendliness. Visit schools and markets, shops and restaurants, churches and mosques in a country where people of different races and religions live together in harmony.

You will visit Oldupai Gorge, the home of the earliest ancestors of the human race, and Bagamoyo, an ancient sleepy city on the Indian Ocean coast, formerly a center of the slave trade. Walk its gorgeous sandy beaches and explore its historical and cultural sites. Then head to Tanga, further up the coast, a great center of the old Swahili civilization. The trip will emphasize interactions with the local people, including home visits.

Trip guides are Joseph Mbele and Larry Fowler, experienced educators, who enjoy leading Americans on study tours abroad. As a Tanzanian, Joseph will even teach you some Swahili words and phrases, which you can practise on the locals. They love it!

The cost of the tour should be around $4,000. We are currently working with airlines to reduce the cost. We will have fundraisers to help with individual costs.

For more information, including the itinerary, contact Joseph Mbele, or Larry Fowler,

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