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Zambia - Fall 3-week, 2012

The Faculty

Amber Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Emily McClung, Instructor of Nursing

The Courses

BIMD 181: Global Health Issues (recommended 1-credit)

INTD 250 or EW: Comparative Health Issues in the Developing Country of Zambia

The Program

Zambia is a country "rich in natural beauty but exceedingly poor in economic development."  Traveling throughout the country, students will experience the ever-present reality of extreme contrasts of great beauty, limited economic initiatives, and stark poverty, yet a very happy, intelligent and peaceful population.

Consistent with Hiram's vision of global outreach and intimate learning, healthcare is a universal topic to examine.  The focus of this study abroad trip will include closer examination of health services through the lenses of environmental factors, public policy, traditional culture, psycho-social influences, education and economics.

By studying health issues from multiple disciplines, students will see the intentional and unintentional effects on the health and overall well being of the Zambian people.  Students from a variety of perspectives will find this opportunity relevant to their area of interest.

The Travel

Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka will be home base, with 8-10 days spent in the capital city.  Lusaka offers a variety of direct contact with the people and culture of Zambia.  Besides touring the city, there will be visits to the Cultural Museum, Katwata Cultural Village, hospitals, clinics and overnight stays with University of Zambia students. 3 days will be spent working directly with NGOs.  There will also be visits to local markets for shopping.

Mfuwe, Zambia

The group will visit the rural health clinic, local schools, the conservation society, as well as take a safari in the South Luangwa Park.


This southern town on the boarder of Zimbabwe will be the highlight of the trip as students see the largest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls.  Students will spend 2-3 days visiting Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Maramba Cultural Village, Livingstone Hospital, and the Livingstone Museum which features a major exhibit on Dr. David Livingstone, the physician and explorer who discovered Victoria Falls.

Travel Dates:

November 23-December 15, 2012

Estimated Program Costs

$5,000 (above tuition costs)

This estimate includes round-trip airfare from Cleveland, group ground transportation, accommodations, group field trip expenses and group admissions to organized activities.  This is a best current estimate and is subject to revision.  Passport fees, personal expenses, optional trips or other activities, and independent travel are not covered.

A $75 non-refundable fee is due upon receipt of completed application.  This fee is used to pay for processing costs, and International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags.

Application Deadline

March 9, 2012

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