Early July — Mid August, 2023
July 5th — August 8th, 2023
*Program dates include online sessions to prepare students prior to travel and synchronous interviews to complete final assessments after travel. Dates are subject to change.
- Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Kirua National Park
9:1 Student to Staff Ratio
Why Take this Program?
If ever there was an opportunity to transform a high school course into something genuinely unique, this is it. Become a global citizen and broaden your worldview as we immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of Tanzania. Travel across its plains, visit Maasai villages, volunteer in a service project, and go on Safari in the Serengeti. What could be a more adventurous, and meaningful, way to earn two high school courses and connect to a beautiful culture?
What People Are Saying
The teachers continually went above and beyond. They were not only exceptional teachers, but they were outstanding mentors, advocates, role models and friends. They have made such a positive impact on my daughter's life.
Parent of Andie Siemens (pictured on the left)
Student, Expedition to Tanzania, 2018
Explore this program's detailed itinerary for a sense of the journey ahead!
Online Foundation Work
Reading lists will be posted on your program site in early May. Online pre-departure sessions with your teachers and classmates begin one week prior to departure. These virtual sessions are designed to introduce you to your classmates, teachers, and course work. Our goal is to prepare you to hit the ground running and reduce your workload onsite.
Day 1: On the day of departure, we meet at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Here, we unite as a group to distribute coursepacks, T-shirts and MEI Journals. After a meet and greet, we board a flight to our first location.
Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Days 2 — 8: After a long flight, we land in Kilimanjaro and reside on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where we explore the region’s range of landscapes. We will quickly learn that this is an ideal location to examine the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and issues of sustainability and foreign aid. Here, we explore village life and set to work on individual service projects with an emphasis on meaningful engagement. Our ongoing group service project takes teachers and students camping in Kirua, where we work with the village’s youth centre.
Kirua National Park
Days 8 — 13: On Safari, we explore an astonishing diversity of landscapes and wildlife while camping in the open-air plains of the Serengeti. We work with the BIG LIFE Foundation to gain a firsthand view of the issues of big game poaching and tribal land disputes. Here, we delve into the readings of Ernest Hemingway’s, The Green Hills of Africa, and Chinua Ache’s, Things Fall Apart to provide literary context as we explore the culture of this dynamic region.
Days 13 — 26: After exploring the natural beauty of rural Africa, we travel to the picturesque outskirts of Moshi in northeast Tanzania. Here, we study the economic, social and political issues that challenge Tanzanians and the massive continent of Africa. We have a window into the life of the Maasai to expand our perspectives on community building and leadership. Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century acts as a guide as we explore key issues of the World Issues course.
Days 26 — 35: The final leg of our journey sees us travelling east to the banks of the Pangani river, an ideal location to decompress and prepare for summative evaluations. We also have the opportunity to go on snorkelling and fishing expeditions as we reflect on our experiences. After a final banquet dinner that highlights local foods and dance, our crew prepares for the journey home with memories that will last a lifetime.
Departure from Pangani Airport on Day 35
Online Final Evaluation Week
Upon your return, you have time to complete additional research and pull your work together before your final one-on-one online assessment. This week allows you to reflect on your travel experiences and integrate them into the course material. MEI staff have found this style of evaluation enjoyable and the most authentic way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and academic skills.
- Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
- Custom course pack
- Student Login
- MEI journal
- MEI T-Shirt
- Digital yearbook
- Hotels and accommodations
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
- Return airfare from Toronto's Pearson International Airport
- Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
- Airfare between countries
- Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
- Transportation for all listed program excursions
Program Fee Does Not Include
- Local Transportation
- Course texts
- Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection†
- Non-refundable $95 Registration Fee
† All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.
**Program cost does not include non-refundable $95 registration fee or any airline taxes or fees. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.