Tanzania (Service Learning) with Amizade

Amizade: International Justice, Identity, and Sustainable Development in Rural Tanzania

Program Type

Spend a semester living in rural Africa; study the Philosophy underpinning international law, ethics, and our localized identities; develop Swahili skills; explore the reality of development work through a field placement with a community organization; and explore the country and culture through field trips and community events.

Academic Courses

Tanzania semester students enroll in five or six courses worth three credits each, to earn a total of fifteen to eighteen credits during the term. The optional three credits are dedicated to Swahili language instruction, in which students are accommodated at all levels of language learning, from introductory to advanced.

The remaining courses include:

    •    International Justice

    •    Nationalism, Internationalism, and Identity

    •    Global Service-Learning

    •    Professional Field Placements

Together, these courses provide theoretical and applied insights in respect to international ethics and the development efforts of governmental, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations. The Global Service-Learning course focuses on the relationship between individual ethics, local social service efforts, and international dilemmas. The Philosophy and Political Science courses are taught in English by local and expatriate instructors.

Community Service

You will have a number of service options and opportunities in human needs and community development. Amizade has identified opportunities to work and serve with organizations that promote women’s rights, sustainable development, and water harvesting. Additionally, there are teaching-support opportunities with local schools. You will be placed with the organization of your choice taking into account your experience and the needs of the organizations.

Language of Instruction


Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: September – December

Spring Semester: January – May

Housing and Meals

Dormitory-type housing at Mavuno, a local development organization. Mavuno accommodations include usually reliable electrical supply, some limited internet access, and temperate showers. Mavuno is safe and secure. Three meals a day are provided.

Services Provided

    •    Course delivery and instruction accredited through West Virginia University

    •    Accommodations at Mavuno, a comfortable local nonprofit organization

    •    Multiple field trips during semester and scheduled educational, cultural and service activities

    •    Comprehensive Travel Insurance

Estimated Costs - Category I Program

Tuition Program Tuition + Fees, billing through Duquesne
Study Abroad Fee $250
Round-trip Airfare Current cost as per your arrangement
Room and Board $1,600
Personal Expenses $1,200

Check out the Amizade Tanzania Service Learning Program for more details.