This field-based course examines the interrelationships between communities and landscapes, cultures and natural resources, stewardship and development.Environment and Development in East Africa

This 3-week excursion to East Africa will provide students with an opportunity to assess environmental projects being implemented by governmental and non-governmental aid organizations in Kenya or Tanzania. In Kenya, projects to be visited include CARE, Peace Corps, Lake Victoria Environmental Management Program, the World Agroforestry Center, and various projects of the Ministries of Agriculture and Forest and Natural Resources.
In Tanzania, projects include Amani Nature Reserve in Tanga, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and land/environmental conservation projects in Babati and Arusha. Emphasis will be placed on interaction with project staff as they interface with farmers/pastoralists in the course of their daily activities. Students will become familiar with Rapid Rural Appraisal methodologies in assessing ecological and socioeconomic conditions. In addition, at least two full days will be spent in/around the Serengeti ecosystem.
This course is offered during intersession of odd-numbered years and fulfills the following college requirements:
  • Natural Science OR Social Science elective in the EVS Program
  • Cultural Diversity
$2800-$3200 covers all airfare, accomodations, park fees and ground transportation. Food and shopping costs (estimated $400), medical preparations, and visas/passports are the student's responsibility.