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Chingola, Zambia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer I
Budget Sheets Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2015 02/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2015 06/19/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program upon review of the student's application and upon acceptance be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Studies: Environmental Studies, Psychology Featured Programs by Department: Environmental Studies, Psychology
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5 Additional Features: Volunteering
Faculty Leader(s): Bodamer, Mark, Gordon, Gregory Program Type: Faculty-Led
Academic Level: Freshmen, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Huts
Program Description:
SkyProgram Overview:
Spend a month this summer studying psychology or environmental science, as well as performing community outreach activities, at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Zambia, Africa. The program will include a 3-day visit to Livingstone, Zambia. While in Livingstone, you will visit the famous Victoria Falls and go on a wildlife viewing excursion. We will also visit Chobe National Park in Botswana and partake in a game drive on land and water.

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is located in the northern “Copperbelt” region of Zambia.  Chimfunshi is 24,000 acres of remote African bush forest. The sanctuary is home to over 120 chimpanzees, numerous monkeys, birds and approximately 200 Zambian residents. The center has “deluxe camping facilities:” dormitory style rooms with bunk beds, hot showers, pit toilets with shelters, kitchen-cooking area with stove and freezer, barbecue pit, clean water, a large outside “Boma” for meetings and meals, and Internet and Skype capability. 

Course and Schedules:
  • In addition to taking either PSYC 480 or ENVS 397, participating students will be expected to take part in a 1-credit pre-immersion orientation course (PSYC 442) during the spring semester prior to the summer study abroad program.
  • Psychology students may be able to enroll in a second Psychology course (PSYC 490 Directed Study). This course will only be offered if a minimum number of students are interested.
  • Students interested in taking two courses (PSYC 480 and ENVS 397 or PSYC 480 and PSYC 490) will need to pay the cost of 3 tuition credits in addition to the overall program cost.
Observe chimps in a setting as close to their natural environment as possible.  Learn field and observational research skills, participate in guided observations, and create a mini research project.

Located in the heart of Africa, Zambia offers the opportunity for an in-depth study of the conflict between conservation and development, but also potential solutions. In this course we explore the past, present, and future of nature reserves and wildlife conservation. Tracing the development and application of the U.S. conservation model, both domestically and abroad, we examine successes and challenges and discover how management of national parks and wildlife reflects broad social goals, but is also tied to the legacy of colonialism. 
While Africa presents many conservation challenges, it also offers many innovative solutions, such as community based conservation, that address both biodiversity loss and economic development. Using Chimfunshi as a home base, we will explore the surrounding area, visiting conservation projects, nature reserves, and national parks.
Housing and Meals:
You will live, study and work at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Education Center. Accommodations and meals are simple.  Meals, some reflective of the Zambian diet, will be prepared and shared communally.  Professional chiefs will cook while in Lusaka, Livingston, and Botswana. 
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