Saturday, September 06, 2008

Global Studies alum headed to Uganda and Tanzania

Here's a brief update from Global Studies grad Curry Anton ('08) about her upcoming work with Carpe Diem International:

"For the fall semester I will be leading a group of 11 students, ages 17-22 to Uganda and Tanzania for Carpe Diem International Education. Carpe Diem, which is based out of Portland, Oregon, runs international academic programs that work with youth in an educational capacity to get them both out of the country and out of their comfort zones.Our curriculum is designed with the firm belief that the greatest treasure in every being is their own self-reliance: the knowledge that "every student already has everything they could ever need." Throughout the course of our semester, we focus much energy into helping students learn just what it means to take ownership of their lives.
Over the course of our semester in East Africa, we will be spending time volunteering on a variety of construction projects in support of an HIV/AIDS orphanage based in Fort Portal, white water rafting at the source of the Nile, and working at a local environmental project doing anything from trail maintenance to working at an ecological reserve, while in Uganda. After an overland border crossing into Tanzania, the group begins our time by living and working side by side with a local fishing village as a way to introduce the studentss to the fishing community that makes their living on Lake Victoria's vast waters. We will then spend a week in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, before embarking on a three-day hiking safari led by a local Maasai tribesman and a team of donkeys down to Lake Manyara. We will then be studying Kiswahili and living with local villages outside of Arusha, before moving to the mountain-town of Moshi and working with street kids at Amani Children's Home. Our semester comes to an end in Zanzibar where the group will become SCUBA certified and spends our final days soaking up the sun and the sea on this ancient spice island off the coast of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. A more detailed program itinerary and further details can be found on the organization's website www.carpediemeducation.com."

As always, we always appreciate the good work our grads do and love to hear updates about their work and travels. Keep us posted!