photo - Students at Mt. Kilimanjaro Summit 2015

Join the 2017 East Africa Abroad Trip!

Experience Mt. Kilimanjaro trekking, African wildlife and cultural immersion with the Maasai

Apply now — application deadline is October 17, 2016!

Field dates: Dec 30, 2016 – Jan 13, 2017, pre-trip meetings begin October 2016

Cost: $4300 plus airfare and 5 credits tuition

Students will study Human Geography, be introduced to the skills of high altitude international wilderness trekking and non-technical mountaineering, and be immersed in local communities and the guiding culture of eastern Africa.

After flying to Nairobi, Kenya we will drive south into Tanzania to Kilimanjaro National Park where we will spend six days hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341ft / 5895m), the highest point in Africa and one of the seven summits – the highest mountains on the seven continents. On the climb we will work with local porters and guides and learn about the guiding culture in east Africa.Students on safari in East Africa, 2015

Following the climb, we will spend three days on safari in Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park where we will get the chance to see African wildlife in some of the most beautiful parks on the continent. On our way back to Nairobi for the flight home we will stop in the town of Kiserian on the edge of the Rift Valley in Southern Kenya. Here we will meet the local community and pastoralists and immerse ourselves in the “real” Africa.

Trekking & Mt. Kilimanjaro summit attempt (19,341 ft/5895m)

While Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s largest topographical features, the mountain does not require any technical skills or specialist equipment to climb. Additionally, although the height gained from the trailhead to Kilimanjaro’s peak at 5,895m (19,341 feet) is around 15% greater than from Mount Everest’s southern Base Camp to its summit, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro does not require the use of slow and arduous Himalayan-style tactics, or of supplemental oxygen. Kilimanjaro is a perfectly manageable challenge for the average trekker, provided the climber has found enough time before the trip to do some fitness and endurance training and spend some time at altitude.


GEO 106 – Human Geography (3 credits) This class is a 3 credit, guaranteed transfer course that covers the main themes of human geography: physical environment, cultural identity, and economic and political development of world regions, specifically on East Africa. We will focus on issues of human population and resource development, specifically (but not limited to) regions in East Africa. Issues of ethnic identification, belief systems, regional conflict, and natural resources and climates will also be emphasized. These learning outcomes are experienced directly in context and immersed on location.

OUT 100 – Non-Technical Mountaineering (1 credit) This class will introduce students to the basic skills required for non-technical mountaineering including high altitude alpine environments, mountain travel, equipment, and hiking skills. Focus will be on weather, terrain analysis, distance vs. time and energy, high altitude mountaineering skills as well as international mountaineering.

OUT 104 – Trekking (1 credit) Trekking will cover basic trekking skills and equipment in an international mountain climbing context. Climbing and natural history of the area will be discussed as well.


You will need your current, updated passport and four (4) official passport-size photographs by the first pre-trip meeting 1n October. Download more passport and visa information for this program (in PDF format).

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