Semester in East Africa

Credit: Will Wamaru

Semester in East Africa

Learn leadership from Ngorongoro to Kilimanjaro

Combine your hunger for travel with your commitment to learning about other cultures. On this course, you’ll join a group of motivated explorers to travel through Tanzania’s remote savannah and forests. Most of your semester you’ll spend camping out, plus a 10-day homestay with a Tanzanian family. Challenge yourself physically on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Immerse yourself in human history as you explore the valleys of Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge. Learn about service and the way of life in Tanzania today as you spend time meeting the Maasai, Bushmen, Chaga, and Meru people in rural villages and hiking with your group’s Maasai cultural liaison. As you explore Tanzania, you’ll observe wildlife like giraffes and elephants and find new challenges every day.

In addition to the cultural and outdoor opportunities, leadership will be a focus of this semester. Navigating challenging terrain will be an opportunity to work on problem solving skills. Changing your climbing route because of weather becomes practice in judgment and decision making. Cultural interactions are your opportunity to work on developing communication skills and respect for different cultures. If you want an experience that will prepare you to be a leader in a world that’s more deeply connected each day, this is the course for you.



2018 Dates

Aug. 31 – Nov. 13, 2018

Tuition: $18,260
Details: Backpacking, Safari, Cultural, Mountaineering


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75 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

16 College Credits
  • 2 Cultural Studies
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 4 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Arusha, Tanzania

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Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

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What Our Grads Say

“Summiting the active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai, and Africa’s highest point, Mt. Kilimanjaro, were two of the most difficult, yet most rewarding endeavors I’ve ever taken on, and each day those accomplishments motivate me to take risks and work my hardest as I continue on with my college career, because I know that with just a little determination, I can do nearly anything.” 

— Rebecca P., NOLS Semester in East Africa grad

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