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Global Seminar: Conservation and Indigenous Peoples in Tanzania (Arusha, Tanzania)
Arusha, Tanzania
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 16-FEB-2014 
Variable 05-JUN-2014 20-JUN-2014
 NOTE: Please do not purchase airfare until the program has been confirmed by the Program Manager. NOTE: the start date is arrival in Tanzania (you will need to leave the US earlier).
Summer 2015 15-FEB-2015** Variable TBA TBA
Summer 2016 15-FEB-2016** Variable TBA TBA

** For most programs, applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and starting January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Applications for programs offering exchange positions will be reviewed AFTER the application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
 Type of Program:
Faculty-Led Global Seminar
 Areas of Study:
 Minimum Required GPA (at time of application):
 Minimum Class Standing (at program start):
2 - sophomore
 Housing Option(s):
Hotel/Hostel, Camping
 Open to students from:
 Language(s) of Instruction:
 Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
3 credits
 Length of Summer/Winter Program:
3 Weeks
Program Information:


Students in Sleeping Bags by Megan Barrie

  • Study in a spectacular, peaceful African country famous for being the site of the largest wildlife migration on earth and home to Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa (19,000 feet).

  • Experience one of the most beautiful and biologically-important regions of the world to learn more about indigenous peoples and conservation. Site visits include Ngorongoro, a UN designated World Heritage site and Olduvai Gorge, a famous paleoanthropology site.

  • Explore remote conservation areas with customized, culturally-oriented treks that sustainably benefit indigenous communities and the environment.

  • Live amongst indigenous groups such as the Maasai and Hadzabe people.

  • Learn about political ecology, culture, development, and globalization. Guest lectures include indigenous leaders working to empower communities to manage their natural resources including wildlife.

  • Learn more about this program: YouTube and Wordpress


The program is based in Arusha, which is the gateway to Tanzania's world-famous northern safari circuit including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. The program's location allows students to study the conflict between preservation of unique resources and the pursuit of indigenous livelihoods that support human development.

Arusha has more sophisticated infrastructure than many other Tanzanian cities, thanks to safaris and government offices there. The city is located 30 miles from Kilimanjaro airport and is home to development, indigenous rights, and wildlife conservation organizations.

Tanzania features ecological niches ranging from arid savannah to lush forests. Northern Tanzanian ecosystems contain tension in the efforts to balance issues of population growth, land use, and tourism development with wildlife conservation efforts.




This course examines key concepts such as conservation, globalization, and development as they relate to the Maasai ethnic group and other indigenous communities. The Arusha region contains some of Tanzania's most important biological resources. Intense conflicts exist between wildlife preservationists and advocates of local communities living in protected areas. Specifically, this course examines the interface between conservation and local communities. For example, Maasai people are often evicted for habitat protection and biodiversity concerns.

This course will explore globalization and development and link them to events in Tanzania, using specific communities (Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe) as examples. It will also delve into the ecological and political issues associated with the national park model of conservation. This Western model will be compared with indigenous resource management practices. Students will be immersed in community-managed and local participatory conservation and sustainable tourism projects.

Students will gain ethnographic and historical knowledge of several East African groups and learn more about the human dimension of conservation conflicts. Participants will also become familiar with and apply anthropological and social science concepts while enhancing their analytical writing, research, and oral presentation skills.


  • The program begins in mid-May and ends in early June.


  University of Colorado
Course Levels

ANTH 4020: Beyond the Serengeti: An examination of Conservation and Indigenous Peoples in Tanzania


3 University of Colorado credits


Students on Mountain courtesy of Dr. DeLuca


The program director is Laura DeLuca, an Anthropology Lecturer that has taught in various Residential Academic Programs (RAP). She has a Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and has conducted long-term ethnographic research on tourism and development in the Serengeti region of Tanzania. Laura DeLuca has evaluated community development projects throughout East Africa. She teaches anthropology courses on Africa, conservation, development, and refugees. She has taught with Peace Corps Kenya, directed cross-cultural trips in Kenya and conducted Fulbright research in Tanzania.

See Dr. Deluca's Faculty Spotlight.


There is little time off and no time for independent travel during the three weeks that the program is in session. Instruction and activities will be held 7-days a week. However, you may travel independently before or after the program.


Housing includes a combination of camping, homestay visits, and occasional hotels. Welcome and farewell dinners are also included in the program.


You are responsible for making transportation arrangements to Tanzania and back. The program begins and ends in Arusha, so you should arrange your international flight accordingly. Transportation to all program activities is provided in Tanzania.


Maasai School in Ngorongoro courtesy of Dr. DeLuca



  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March.






Students and Elephants courtesy of Dr. DeLuca