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Cal Poly Pomona Tanzania/Zanzibar Study Abroad Program
Summer 2014: Student Comments


People often speak of Africa but few actually step on the soil of Mother Africa. I learned, felt, experienced things on this trip that you can't learn in a classroom or by staying in one corner of the world your entire life.
--Amy Ta, Marketing Major

The 2014 trip to Tanzania/Zanzibar was life altering, expanding my knowledge on various cultures, mentalities, and history. It taught me to live graciously and to embrace everyone and everything; to be tender and passionate towards all beings. Mother Africa has shown us great kindness and beauty - in all of its scenery, people, and culture - and will continue to be a part of my life and influence my outlooks in the most positive way.
--Carol Lin, Graphic Design Major

I will look back on these two weeks that I have spent in Africa for the rest of my life knowing that this was the best, adventurous, out of my comfort zone, decision that I have ever made. Not only was I able to experience a culture and people that taught me that there is happiness in simplicity and hard work, I was also fortunate enough to share this entire experience with fellow Cal Poly students, now new lifelong friends.
--Kirsten Grotz, Industrial Chemistry Major

Visiting Tanzania has been the best decision I have made in my life. Learning about the culture, connecting with the locals, enjoying their food, sharing memories with them and building friendships have been an astonishing experience that I would have not encountered if I had stayed in my comfort zone. The Motherland has given me the inspiration, strength, and confidence to do the impossible and has proved to be one the most warm-hearted places I have ever visited. I am extremely grateful for the experience and I highly recommend everyone to visit Africa at sometime in their lives.
--Romina Bardales, Food Science & Technology Major

I came into this trip expecting so much, but it's what I didn't expect that affected me the most. I feel extremely blessed to be able to go to Tanzania and spend 2 weeks in someone else's shoes. It has changed the way I see the world and has helped me find appreciation in places I never bothered to look.
--Max Cheung, Accounting Major

Tanzania is a magical place filled with friendly, warm and welcoming people.  I was amazed by its beauty.
--Kay Sullivan, Liberal Studies Major

Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar are phenomenal places to go. I'd never thought I would be able to travel to Africa and experience such an amazing place and meet some of the most intelligent people I've ever met. It was a life changing experience and I would love to return and bring my family.
--Jai Oni Sly, Anthropology Major

I think the best word to sum up my experience would be 'humanity'. This word is most appropriate because many of my greatest moments on this trip were direct results of the raw, human connections I made. These sixteen days were an incredible opportunity to build relationships with the people of Tanzania and Zanzibar, along with the amazing group of individuals who accompanied me on this journey.
--Sara Uffer, Business Administration Major

Tanzania was the most amazing experience ever! I am so thankful that I was able to go on this trip because it showed me the natural beauty, pure happiness, and kindness of people that exists. I am so fortunate to have been able to experience Africa and build such great relationships in the time we were there!
--Celina Tabuena, Kinesiology Major

A step into the wider world that I never expected to take. The people and places were far different than what I imagined.
--Joshua Ten Eyck, Mechanical Engineering Major

My trip to Africa was life changing. I have never been somewhere so rich in beautiful yet so poor. I have come back from this trip a forever changed person with much more appreciation to all the small things in life.
--Briella Ho, Kinesiology Major

Many times when foreigners travel to Africa they do it to see the large game animals but they forget about the people that live there. Tanzania is a culturally rich nation and we were fortunate to be able to experience the local culture and see the beauty that exist there. From beautiful beaches, to the daily boat commute in Dar Es Salaam, to the ancient maze that is stone town in Zanzibar, to just hanging out, Tanzania is an experience worth having. 
--Steven Murray, Plant Science Major

Going to Africa was definitely an experience of a lifetime. Coming from a privileged family and lifestyle, experiencing and understanding the way people lived there really humbled me and helped me appreciate every little thing I have. Despite the mosquito bites, I loved every bit of my time in Africa.
--William Wu, Food Marketing & Agribusiness Management Major

The Tanzania/Zanzibar Study Abroad trip was a life changing experience for me. I was able to experience another way of life, meet so many kindhearted people, and learn about a variety of issues. The land and the people will stay in my heart forever. I know I will return again.
--Jasmin De Luna, Food Marketing & Agribusiness Management Major


Tanzania/Zanzibar Study Abroad Program Summer 2012: Student Comments

I have an endless list of things that I want to do with my life, and I have this trip and Dr. Reese to thank for. I just want to find that feeling I felt while I was in Tanzania; I want to be in a humble environment and surround myself with beautiful people. My soul felt so happy during this journey. I just want my soul to feel that happy forever.
--Grace Olguin, Sociology Major

This trip changed my life in a way that can never be compared. It opened my eyes, my heart, and my mind to new thoughts, new challenges, and a new personal perception.
--Tiana Teague, Communication Major

This trip was truly life changing and unforgettable. I am so glad I decided to embark on that journey and I am so happy that I developed lifelong friendships. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.
--Stephanie Stein, Liberal Studies Major

Experiencing a place like Tanzania and Zanzibar was priceless. I have become a more global minded person. I encourage all students to study abroad because it is a great opportunity to learn about another culture and see another side of the world so different from your own home country. The experience is life changing and unforgettable.
--Rochelle Racquel, Kinesiology Major

You’ll experience the diverse mixture of cultures that is the warm friendly peoples. You’ll explore the exotic and unspoiled landscapes and see the abundance of wild animals like nowhere else in the world.
--James Duncan, Civil Engineering Major

Tanzania taught me two things. First is that people who were born into and have never left developed countries take the institutions that are established by their respective governments for granted. Second, is that we as Americans can learn much from the gracious, unassuming life-style that Tanzanian culture embraces.
--Bryce Brady, Political Science Major

It was an experience of a lifetime. It has changed me in so many ways. I can’t wait to go back one of these days.
--Lisa Ngay, Applied Mathematics Major

Traveling to a destination outside of your comfort zone is something you owe to yourself as well as other people of the world. I learned so much about myself by putting myself in situations I never imagined really living. I am forever grateful for my experience and I know now it's not a matter of if I continue to travel, but when.
--Sarah Mendelson, Environmental Geography Major

Adulthood doesn't always come with age, it comes with experience. With this trip I feel that I can be considered more adult than most people. With the knowledge I've gained and the values that I've learned; I have grown exponentially on so many levels. I hope everyone can undergo this wonderful experience as I have.
--Patrick LaBeau, Psychology Major

Every now and then when I’m sitting watching TV or standing in line at the store, I realize that all of that actually did happen. I actually saw the Serengeti, I stood on
Mt. Kilimanjaro, I met amazing people, and I watched in horror as a baboon jumped into our car. There are so many amazing experiences that I had on this trip and I wouldn’t want to change any one of them.
--Breanna Espejo, Animal Science Major

My trip to Tanzania has truly altered my perception of Africa. The outlook on life from my views, values, and beliefs has matured, allowing me to become a more complete compelling person. Good still exists in the world, and the Tanzanian people are the epitome of true champions of character, integrity, and compassion.
–Franbert Calderon, Political Science Major

This was an experience that I needed to grow as an individual, and decide what it is I want from life. Going to Tanzania with my peers was one of the highlights of my life, that's how powerful it was for me. I'd love to return.
--Tiffany McBride, Sociology Major

From this trip to Tanzania, I have become a more confident individual. I feel as if nothing is holding me back from being the person I want to be in life. Everything is within reach and one day I plan to return to Tanzania and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
--Shawna Lempert, Kinesiology Major

Going to Tanzania was truly a one in a lifetime adventure. This trip has taught me to never underestimate the affect one’s culture and warmth can have on you. I can honestly say the culture and warmth of the Tanzanian people are things I definitely will never forget.
--MaLisa Crowe, Animal Science Major


A truly humbling and mesmerizing trip. I am extremely excited to apply what I have learned to my everyday life.
--Clara Jo King, Biology/Zoology Major

Tanzania was like being in a whole new world, a whole different planet. It was such a great experience getting away from the routine of life back home and just immersing yourself in such a different environment and a different culture. This truly is a life- changing experience and I'm so grateful for having this chance so early in my life. I hope there will be many more chances like this in my life.
--Chris Shargay, Mechanical Engineering Major