As many of you all know, I am in the middle of my study abroad experience here in Tanzania, which is on the Eastern coast of Africa. I am a Housing Studies student with a focus on sustainability at the University of Minnesota. This study abroad experience is fulfilling part of my sustainability requirements. However, the learning far exceeds anything that I could get academic credit for. It is simply amazing.
For more information of my experience, take a look at my blog:
My time of study here is from January 22-April 26th. During that time I am living with a family in a nearby village. The home-stay is such a crucial part of learning and understanding the culture. Plus, you really do become a part of the family. I know that I now have a home in Africa for the rest of my life!
I am taking the month of May to travel around the country. Hence the fundraising. This trip has been supported by a diverse financial approach. I am happy to say that I applied and received two study abroad scholarships. I have also taken out loans, contributed a fair amount of my own money and received some aid from my parents. I am very grateful for all these resources and to those who have already contributed to this experience.
In my month of personal travel, I want to explore and get to know the country as much as possible. I plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, visit the Serengeti and travel to Zanzibar. I am trying to leave some time open for experiences that will present themselves too!
So, these adventures are expensive. After much contemplation, I have decided to open up to my community and ask for some financial support for the remainder of my trip.
Every little bit helps. I arrived at $3000 for climbing Mount Kili and exploring the Serengeti. The Mount Kilimanjaro climb ranges between $1500-$2000 (or more). A trip to the Serengeti ranges by how many days, but I have been told that it is hard to do for cheaper than $50 a day.
Please know that I greatly appreciate anything that you can do. I will do my best to throw a really great party to thank you all when I return!!!!
If you want to send me a personal message, my email is:
I hope that you all are healthy and happy!