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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


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   Quick Facts

  • This program will run for Summer 2020. 
  • Students must first apply to and be approved by HEAL International. The Study Abroad Office will create an application on behalf of each approved student.
  • Interested students should review the pre-program course requirement of BIO/MIC 498 (details included in the Academics tab).
  • Unique experience for students interested in community engagement and public health: educational, cultural, and service experiences
  • Have life-changing experiences and have build life-long friendships with both your ASU team and your newfound family in Tanzania
  • Fulfills Global Health study abroad requirement for SHESC students
  • SOLS students can earn internship credit
  • Allows students to teach public health lessons and capacity-building in rural public health
  • Includes one-day safari
  • Participate in hands-on international community development
  • *This program is managed by HEAL International, and ASU faculty are not in Tanzania for the entire program*


Location Details

This program takes place in Tanzania, East Africa. Students live and work on the side of Mt. Meru in rural northern Tanzania in the beautiful village of Tengeru. The program is focused on rural global health issues and students have a role in addressing gaps in humanitarian needs through service. Students have an incredible opportunity to work in collaboration with the community to facilitate needed discussions about health, as well as develop projects that support the health needs of the community.

Photo used with permission from HEAL International

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

General Eligibility Requirements

Students must be at least 18 years of age, have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be in good standing at ASU. Students with a GPA below 2.0 or in poor standing for any other reason are required to submit two letters of recommendation (preferably from current professors) with their application, in support of their suitability as applicants. All students must obtain a valid passport at least 3 months before the start of the program.

Academic Requirements - Program Pre-Requisites

HEAL does not expect volunteers to have specialized skills in public health upon program acceptance, but expects volunteers to commit 100% to becoming skilled through HEAL training and independent study by the time that they arrive in Tanzania. HEAL's training by experts in international development and university professors is a crucial aspect of the HEAL International volunteer experience.

HEAL partners with ASU to provide a training course called “BIO/MIC 498 - HIV/AIDS Prevention Education in Africa” that meets every week on the ASU Tempe Campus in Session C spring semester. This course will provide the training that students need to prepare them for service work and to be an effective and safe volunteer in Tanzania.

Students must take MIC 498 as essential pre-field training in the spring. Students can either enroll in this course for credit or attend without registration, but they must pass the course in order to participate in the Tanzania program.  All students will be required to sign a Conditional Acceptance document to gain Acceptance to the program

SSH/MIC 314 - HIV/AIDS: Science, Behavior, and Society is recommended but not required.

Physical Requirements

Project sites are very rural and are not always served by public transport in Tanzania. Consequently, there is sometimes no alternative to walking. On a daily basis, students will be walking from place to place. Students must be able to hike unassisted for four (4) miles per day in rough terrain with a relatively heavy backpack in order to reach field sites each day.


Students will enroll in one of the following courses for a total of 3 credits: 

  • SSH 403 Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health* (General Studies: SB/L & G and/or Science and Society).

  • MIC 484 / BIO 484 - Internship*

All prefield training manuals and materials are distributed after program acceptance.

*Courses fulfill the General Studies and/or Science and Society requirements, and prerequisites are usually waived. Graduate students may be accommodated with graduate course credit.

Click here to access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

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Program Housing

Students stay in the HEAL volunteer house with separate rooms for male and female students. This is a residence that supports gender separation of students and leadership and has split male/female bathrooms. All meals and water are included in the program fee as well as all in-country transportation and a local cell phone programmed with staff phone numbers and charged with 10,000 Shillings of phone credit. The meeting space for orientation is on-site.

Photo used with permission from HEAL International

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Tanzania road conditions can be difficult to navigate, especially during night time hours. Sidewalks are nearly non-existent and power outages are common, making visibility even more arduous. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Tanzania members of the LGBTQIA community should be aware that consensual same-sex activity is illegal, and is punishable by long prison sentences. Public displays of affection between persons of the same sex may be met with harassment or violence. Members of the LGBTQIA community may be targeted, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offenses. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is TBD.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition & student fees for 3 credits, accommodation, in-country transportation, 3 meals per day and bottled water, an in-country cell phone charged with 10,000 Tsh in credits, a one-day safari, and international health insurance (all covered during the period of the program)  Not included: airfare to and from Tanzania, passport and visa fees, personal independent travel, miscellaneous items, required immunizations and visit to the ASU Travel Clinic, and personal expenses listed on the cost sheet.

*Please note that students must bring $100 for a Tourist Visa (purchased at the airport in Tanzania) and $250 for the Work Permit in cash (US dollars) to Tanzania.  

Hybrid program participants will also pay a $50 Application Fee, as well as ASU tuition and fees for the ASU courses required for participation in the program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level.

All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.