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Environmental Studies
University of Mississippi

Summer Travel & Study in Africa

LS8A6685 Mambo Students!

This summer, we will travel to Tanzania and Zanzibar with a rare chance to work in the field with Laura Johnson, associate professor of psychology, as we complete a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC grant called Faces of the Mountain: Community Action for Forest Conservation around Mt. Kilimanjaro.

You will participate in classic bush and beach safaris, make real friendships with Tanzanian youth, explore the Indian Ocean, see lions and elephants, and take in the sweet smells of the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships for Environmental Studies minors—there are 3 at $1,000! Also, there are scholarships of $1,500, and $500 via Study Abroad. Do not pass this up.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ME: A video of the trip from a few years ago is on the Study Abroad website—go check it out! To learn more about my experience you can check out my TEDxUM Talk – “Engagement is the answer!

Applications are online at:

Fill yours out today and let me know questions, challenges, etc. I can work with you (and/or your parents) to make it happen! This is NOT your ordinary study abroad—my roots and work in the region go deep and our adventures are like no other!

11070201_10206180964748610_883734586810890119_nSCHEDULE: Northern Tanzania Safari (Days 1-6)—See all the best of African safaris—we will bike, hike, and drive though Taranagire, Lake Manyara and the Ngoro Ngoro crater to see elephants, lions, and zebras and explore Maasai culture. Mt. Kilimanjaro/Moshi (Days 6-16—partner with Tanzanian youth and the Mweka community (associated with Dr. Jane Goodall) to get hands-on learning about the ice-covered “roof top of Africa,” we will engage in service learning activities, take part in Chaaga tribe dances, and swim in a natural waterfall! Island of Zanzibar (Days 16-24)—Swim the azure Indian Ocean, visit a spice farm, tour Stonetown’s ancient sites, learn about Swahili culture, and relax on the Beach while discussing how are experiences and academic articles are related. We will be there during ZIFF(Zanzibar International Film Festival), an incredibly exciting opportunity!

There are also chances to extend your trip afterwards to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or go on a Rwanda excursion, if you’re interested in either of these options let me know right away.

COST: $4,750, plus air (includes international health insurance, all safaris, activities and tours, most meals). For financial aid information see Hunter Richardson. There are scholarships available through the Study Abroad Office as well as Environmental Studies available for minors.

fi-LS8A6701UPON RETURN: There will be chances for more credit hours and ongoing work in my lab or as a teaching assistant (if desired)

3 credits in Swahili Language and Culture (SWA 298) are also available through this course.

Contact Dr. Johnson at for more information.