My last 100,000 shilingi

The prompt for this post was supposed to be “My Last $100,” but $100 is equal to 224,570 Tanzanian shillings (Tsh), which is a lot to spend, so I’m altering the prompt: My last 100,000 Tsh. Here’s the trick: you can get things pretty cheap, but you have to look in the right places. You…

Fieldwork in & around Tarangire National Park

As many of you know, part of our program included an independent research component. We were in the field for almost a month at the end of October and November. Our campsite was Wild Palm Campsite, just outside of Tarangire National Park, where we lived with our cooks, Inno and Steve, and 3 of our drivers…

Dead hominids & searching for rhinos (Safari Pt. 2)

*Guest blog post written by Hannah Julia Paredes, College of Wooster ’19 Oldupai Gorge So let’s get one thing straight, why did I spell Olduvai wrong? Actually dear reader (pushes glasses up) Olduvai is the wrong spelling. Oldupai Gorge is surrounded by a plant related to aloe, called Oldupai. When explorers came to Tanzania, they…

12 Days in the Bush (Safari pt. 1)

Hello, everyone! Again, I apologize for being not very up-to-date on these posts. Unfortunately, my computer broke halfway through the program (which I’ll talk about in another of upcoming posts), and the tablet I’ve been using does not support WordPress very well. Nevertheless, I am here to tell you about our marvelous safari experience! From September…

Excursion to a local shambani

When we have full weeks of Kiswahili class (see “a wiki in the life” post for more info about what our hectic schedule is like), our teachers take advantage of our full-day schedules by taking us on excursions to local businesses on Wednesdays. The morning of the excursion, we do a crash-course type of lesson…

A “Wiki” (week) in the Life

What exactly is a week in our life like? That’s hard to say since our schedules are constantly changing. Our first couple of weeks here, we began intensive classes in Kiswahili, but ever since we’ve been moving between the classes Ecology, Human Origins, Cultural Anthropology, and Field Methods and Study Design. On the third week of…

Engikaret & Updates!

I apologize for the long lull in communications; the internet here has been extremely unreliable for the past couple of weeks, so this post is a long one! Some updates from last post: We’re getting (dare I say?) a lot better at Swahili, although we still mess up here and there. The other day, I…

Karibuni sana–First impressions from Tanzania

Karibuni, friends! My name is Jessica, and I am a junior at Colorado College, studying Organismal Biology and Ecology. 15 students and I will be staying in and traveling through Tanzania this semester, studying Kiswahili, Ecology of the Maasai Ecosystem, Human Evolution, and Field Research Methods. We will be living with host families near Arusha…