Journey to Africa:Two Course Summer Study Abroad Program

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Why Study English and World Issues in Africa?

This program takes students into the heart of Tanzania in order to gain a first-hand perspective of the social-political and economic challenges of regional development in Africa. At the core of our travels and studies will be our self-directed community service projects designed to offer students a variety of practical experiences to engage in community building and development. Whether collaborating on alternative income generating projects, promoting health education, or engaging with local youth, students have the chance to participate in sustainable global change. Students also have the opportunity to reside at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, hike to Mount Meru Falls and go on safari in the open plains of the Serengeti.

Courses Offered

World Issues – Grade 12

This program provides students with a foundation in the socio-political structure of the region and a more holistic understanding of a rapidly changing Africa within the larger global context. By studying regional literature from a wide variety of sources, students refine their analytical, critical and communication skills, while gaining a broader perspective of the impact of globalization, conflict and developmental sustainability on the continent.

English – Grade 12

  • Program Includes Community Service Project and Volunteer hours
  • Students can substitute Studies in Literature – Grade 12

The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practice using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.

English – Grade 11

The core English course gives students the opportunity to hone their presentation, analytical and critical thinking skills through assignments and activities that incorporate both oral and written communication.

Program Itinerary

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Travel Overview

Prep Session 1: Early May, 2018
Prep Session 2: Late June, 2018
Travel Dates: July 10 – August 13, 2018

Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Course Work

In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted. Course preparation is spread out over four weeks: our first two-week preparation session begins in early May, focusing on novel studies; the second two-week session begins in late June, focusing on completing small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates and help complete short tasks to alleviate the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all pre-departure work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running while overseas.

Departure From Toronto

Our North American departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to our departure, a short meeting will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Terminal 3, to distribute course packs and maps and to clarify travel procedures. All students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Students making alternate arrangements must contact MEI before March 31.

Toronto (Day 1–2)

We commence in Toronto where we get to know one another and settle into our program. Each year we have a guest speaker who introduces students to important issues that will be explored in Tanzania. This evening inspires and primes us for the adventure that awaits.

Foothills of Kilimanjaro (Day 2–10)

Residing on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, students take to the hills to explore the region’s diversity of landscapes, an ideal location to appraise the study of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and issues of sustainability and foreign aid. Here, students explore village life and set to work on their service projects with emphasis on meaningful engagement.

Safari (Day 11–13)

On Safari, students have the opportunity to explore an astonishing diversity of landscapes and abundant concentrations of wildlife on the open plains of the Serengeti. Students work with the BIG LIFE Foundation to gain a firsthand view of the issues of big game poaching and tribal land disputes.

Moshi (Day 11–14)

After exploring the natural beauty of rural Africa, we travel to the picturesque outskirts of Moshi in northeast Tanzania. While in Moshi, students study the economic, social and political issues that face Tanzanians and the larger continent of Africa. They immerse themselves in local community affairs in order to develop their own perspective and hone their critical thinking skills. A two night campout brings students closer to the natural landscape and gives them an opportunity to meet with local Maasai people and gain a new perspective from their traditional way of life.

Pangani (Day 25–35)

The final leg of the African journey takes students to the waterfront region of Pangani, an ideal location for students to decompress and reconnect after their time in Moshi. Students have the opportunity to go on snorkelling and fishing expeditions and reflect on their experiences. Here, students engage in ISU interviews with their teachers, write final exams and prepare for their journey home.

Departure from Tanzania (Day 35)


Travel dates subject to change.



Program Fee

All prices include international student fees.

Program Fee Includes

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook


  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions

Sites and Excursions
  • Serengeti
  • Mount Meru Falls
  • Wildlife on Safari
  • Maasi school
  • Base of Mount Kilimanjaro
Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • Travel Visas
  • Insurances
  • All airline taxes, charges and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Registration fee
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

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