University of Dar es Salaam
A student dormitory at UDSM.
During the first two months, students live in dormitories at the University of Dar es Salaam. At this time, the University is not in full session, so students are living with other international students. These dormitories are practical and modest, with small double and triple rooms, furnished with bunk beds, desks, and small storage areas. Bathroom facilities are shared, with typically one bathroom per floor. During this time, students are responsible for purchasing their own food. Many students choose to eat in the campus cafeteria, while others choose to venture off-campus to local eateries.
Field research site
Photo courtesy of Colleen Zumpf.
In the field, students live at an established campsite, which includes an open brick building used for meals and as a general meeting space. Students sleep in tents, with typically 3 students per tent. The campsite facilities are relatively primitive, with pit toilets and, in some cases, no water on site. ACM uses an outfitting provider while in the field to provide tents, vehicles, and meals. The campsite is located near the small village of Olasiti, where students can purchase basic supplies, meet the locals, and enjoy a simple meal and drink.
In the last month of the program, students live with host families in Dar es Salaam. The family members are often faculty at the University, and most typically live in on-campus or close to campus, in faculty housing. The home stay invites participation in the daily life of the community, broadening the program experience beyond the classroom.