SIT Study Abroadhttp://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/ssa_tzz.htm
PO Box 676 Kipling Road Brattleboro, Vermont 05302-0676 United States
September to December/February to May
Examine issues of natural resource management and poverty in this densely populated archipelago of more than 50 islands. Once the thriving hub of the East African caravan trade, Zanzibar today depends on natural resources for its very survival. Yet basic economic activities threaten fragile local ecosystems like coastal forests and coral reefs and vulnerable fauna like flying foxes and whale sharks. Participants explore conservation practice through dialogue with ecologists, policymakers and communities struggling to balance livelihoods with sustainability in a resource-poor setting.
Based in Zanzibar's Stone Town at the Institute of Marine Science, the program includes excursions throughout the Zanzibar and Mafia archipelagos and along the mainland coast. Lectures and visits to protected areas highlight the complex dynamics of local ecosystems. Additional excursions challenge students to reframe notions of sustainability and "overpopulation" in light of the factors driving environmental degradation.
Two-week homestay in Stone Town. The program includes excursions to Mafia Island Marine Park, Pemba Island, the Jozani Forest, smaller islands of Zanzibar, and other areas of environmental and cultural interest in the Zanzibar archipelago to give students a firsthand look at important coastal and marine ecosystems and historical landmarks.
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
American and Worldwide Participants.
A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT offers semester, summer, and academic year programs for undergraduate students in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations.
Programs focus on critical global issues in specific geographical and cultural contexts using an interdisciplinary approach. Studying with host country faculty and living with families, students gain a deep appreciation for local cultures and become immersed in diverse topics ranging from the politics of identity to post-conflict transformation, from global health to environmental policy.