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The most meaningful part of my field experience in Tanzania was the relationships I developed that broadened my perspective, worldview, and interests. The friendships I made with the Tanzanian medical students through working together on the policy case study, as well as with other Cornell students in my cohort, made the experience more fun and enriching. Living with a homestay family allowed me to experience the culture first-hand and these relationships provided me with a support system throughout the experience that will continue to be valuable in the future.
Each year the Global Health Program welcomes and hosts students, faculty, and staff from our international partnerships and programs on Cornell’s campus.
As a part of our collaboration with KCMU-Co in Moshi, Tanzania, the Global Health Program hosts two international scholars from KCMU-Co every spring. During their time on campus, visiting scholars attend classes and explore their academic interests, while also interacting with students in the Global Health Program both in and out of the classroom.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost of the program will be approximately $9,000. This includes Cornell tuition (4 credits), airfare, room and board, service placement fees, optional excursions, immunizations, and visa. Don’t let the program cost deter you from applying, as there are grants and scholarships to support student participation in the program, especially those students who qualify for financial aid. If you have concerns about this, reach out!
Where would I be living?
While in Tanzania, every student participates in a homestay with a local family. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about life in Tanzania and to form strong, lasting relationships with members of the Moshi community. Each student is placed in a homestay with a fellow Cornell student. All of the homes are located within walking distance of Kilamanjaro Christian Medical University-College (KCMU-Co), where the students are enrolled in a course. Students often find that the most enjoyable moments of their trip are ones spent cooking, shopping, and conversing with their host families.
What are some examples of service placements?
As part of their service-learning experience in Tanzania, students are placed in a service project with a local NGO, government agency, or hospital that is tailored to their personal interests in global health. The goal of these service projects is to help students gain firsthand experience in dealing with pressing global health issues from a variety of perspectives. All of the service projects are located either in Moshi or a neighboring rural village. Each student may work individually or with other Cornell students at their service project site. Some of the opportunities have a strong healthcare component, while others are more focused on community development. Examples of past service projects include shadowing doctors in a rural hospital setting, working at a center for children with disabilities, working with the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation, and teaching at a school in a rural village.
Are there any prerequisites for this program?
Yes - all students must have taken NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health to participate in this program. Additionally, students will be required to enroll in NS 4620 (1 credit pre-departure seminar) and SWAHL 1107 (1 credit Swahili language seminar) in the spring semester.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Contact the Global Health Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.