*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
This unique program is an international service learning project in Mozambique during Summer Session I, for six (6) credit hours, . The University of Arkansas faculty will lead students in an academic service project in Nampula, Mozambique. This is the fourth year for this program, which is designed to be an interdisciplinary service project in which agriculture, business and engineering students will work together in a poultry business outside of the city center. The poultry operation was started with the goal of becoming a model for sustainable economic business development to replicate in various locations throughout Africa. The operation has created several hundred jobs, has purchased feed from over 40,000 individual farmers and generates affordable protein that is severely lacking in the local diet. As such, the operation is both a functioning business and an outreach and development project. The goal is for students to learn first-hand of the challenges in creating sustainable business in this inhospitable environment as well as to apply their skills creatively to improve the business. This will offer tremendous capacity for not only experiential learning, but leadership and creativity. Finally, the cultural experience is tremendous, as students will be working side by side with local community members in this business. The expectations on students are high and the work is difficult, but for uniquely dedicated students this will prove to be an unbelievable, life-changing experience.
Click here to see the final project of a few members of the summer 2014 Mozambique study abroad program. Data analysis and final report were by Abby Davidson, and photos by Elise Clote and Ann-Cecile Delwaide. The students went to each poultry out-grower and collected the GPS coordinates as well as conducted in-depth interviews. The results are amazing.
Mozambique is one of Africa’s up-and-coming hot-spots, with stunning beaches, excellent diving and magical offshore islands. Go snorkeling around the Bazaruto Archipelago, sail on a dhow through mangrove channels or laze under the palms in the Quirimbas Archipelago, take an off-beat safari in the wilds of Gorongosa National Park, wander along cobbled streets past stately colonial-era buildings on Ilha de Moçambique, sip a café espresso at one of Maputo’s lively sidewalk cafés (or maybe a caipirinha at one of its jazz bars), watch the silversmiths at work on Ibo Island or dance to the country’s trademark marrabenta music.
For almost two decades, many of these attractions were inaccessible due to a protracted guerrilla war. Now dark times are in the past, and Mozambique is one of Africa’s rising stars, with an upbeat atmosphere, overflowing markets and a 2500km coastline waiting to be discovered. If you’re inclined to something tamer, stick to Southern Mozambique, where roads and transport links (especially with neighbouring South Africa) are good and accommodation options abound. For more adventure, head across the Zambezi into the wilds of Northern Mozambique, one of Africa’s last frontiers. Getting around here takes time, but the paradisiacal coastal panoramas and sense of space, the sheer adventure of travel and – for those with a healthy budget – some of the continent’s most idyllic island lodges make the journey well worthwhile.
Courses: Offered at Undergraduate and Graduate levels
Students choose two 3-credit courses:
AGEC 500V (GRAD students only)
Course/Project descriptions: Projects are currently being planned for business, engineering, and agriculture. All projects will be open to students of all majors, and they can receive credit in the project area in which they work or general humanities credits. This program combines a week-long preparatory course on campus followed by 3 weeks in country. University of Arkansas faculty project leaders will co-teach on campus for one week and prepare student teams as they prepare and implement service learning projects during the summer in Mozambique. The implementation of projects will take place during a three-week travel period immediately following the one-week course. That period of time requires intensive commitment from students to work diligently and with an open mind toward cultural awareness as they work side-by-side with community members to implement projects in their discipline.
Students will be staying in the Bamboo Hotel located a few miles outside the city of Nampula. Rooms are typically double-occupancy rooms, with air-conditioning and a private bathroom. Breakfast and dinner are buffet style and vegetarian options can be made available if needed.
Two weekend excursions to the Indian Ocean are included in the program fee. At the conclusion of the program, students will go on a 2-3 day safari in South Africa before returning to the U.S.
Please note:You will want to bring bug spray and light, long sleeves to ward off any unwelcome advances by insects.
Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours* by the beginning of the program abroad. *Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
Display an academic record demonstrating maturity
This service learning programs requires participants to undergo background checks. Be aware that failure to submit the proper documents may result in your inability to participate in the service learning study abroad program. Background checks must be cleared prior to the start of the service learning activity.
Applications open in mid-September for the following Summer.
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin.
You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application as soon as possible.
Click here for a projected budget sheet; costs and dates will be finalized by February.
*Airfare is not included in the program fee. However, all participants will be expected to fly as a group. Additional information about the airfare and itinerary will be sent out to all participants once enough deposits have been received to confirm the needed enrollment.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out funding opportunities on our website.
“Most amazing experience I’ve ever had. Between the people and the country, it was great!”
“It was the best month of my life...an amazing experience that I would do again in a heartbeat.”
“I actually got to assist others and do something extremely meaningful and life changing.”
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad! Mozambique CommDev_info sheet.pdf
Mozambique: Making a Difference | Last summer 21 students traveled more than 9,000 miles to Nampula, Mozambique with one heartfelt goal: to make a difference. And they did –– this team of poultry science, business and engineering students tackled issues ranging from biosecurity to databases at New Horizons, a poultry farm with a mission to change lives. Our students are contributing to New Horizons' success story, but their greatest takeaway may be what they learned from the Mozambicans they traveled so far to help.
A Life-Changing Summer | Summer is no vacation for University of Arkansas students who travel to one of the world’s most poverty-stricken regions to help a community in need. The Mozambique service learning project gives agriculture, business and engineering students the opportunity to use what they learn in the classroom to make a difference in the lives of others facing extreme conditions. The results are life-changing.