Humanitarian Design & Appropriate Technologies in Tanzania
**Students are encouraged to apply early. This program has received high interest for summer 2022 and may fill before the application deadline.
The program begins in Nairobi, Kenya where you will be met by our travel partners, Just Connections. They will drive you through the Great Rift Valley into northern Tanzania where you will spend one week working with members of the Burere, Nyambogo, and Roche communities. Afterward, you will then go on a 2-day safari in the Massai Mara before returning to Nairobi to ﬂy back to the US.
Here is an example itinerary (subject to change):
June 16: Depart
June 17: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
June 18: Drive to Shirati, Tanzania
June 19-25: On-site projects in TZ villages
June 26-28: Safari, return to Nairobi
June 28-29: Nairobi
June 30: Return to the US
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Earn four, 400-level ARCH credits.
The academics will introduce students to principles of humanitarianism, international aid and development, and post-colonial theory as well as culturally-specific considerations that impact design, construction, and technology within under-resourced communities.
Students will be introduced to multiple perspectives on post-colonial theory, humanitarianism, international aid, non-profits, public interest design, and appropriate technology. Independent student research will explore non-profits working in the Global South to identify varying approaches to international community engagement. Students will be introduced to Village Life Outreach Project (www.villagelifeoutreach.org), a non-profit organization doing work in impoverished communities in rural Tanzania. We will explore how fields such as landscape architecture, architecture, public policy, planning, design, art, education and more are all critical in the development of effective and inspiring humanitarian design projects. Together, we will explore the social and cultural issues inherent in the field of humanitarian design and work collaboratively to explore projects that could have a positive impact on communities in need. The course is required for students intending to travel to Tanzania in June 2022.
You will earn 4 ARCH credits.
UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.
Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
Participants must be at least a third-year undergraduate student, take ARCH 407/507, Spring 2022, taught by Professor Michael Zaretsky.
Open to all majors.
This program has a rolling admission application process: GEO staff (and the program faculty leader, if applicable) will complete a review of the application materials of complete applications in the order that they are submitted (“first come, first serve”). Decisions about acceptance will be made shortly after you submit a complete application. There are some programs that fill fast, some even before the deadline. Students are encouraged to complete applications and commit to programs early.
Acceptance is based on a holistic review of your application. This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and the short statement. Some programs require a letter of recommendation from a faculty that is not the program's faculty leader. If a letter of recommendation is required, you will find more information in your GEO application portal.
GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.
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