Last call: Kenya Study Abroad – Winter 2012

This is the last call for applications to do the Kenya Study Abroad Program
this winter 2012. Applications are due tomorrow, November 30th. There are
still a couple openings for the UW Tacoma Kenya study abroad course this
Winter quarter.  Students focused on conservation and sustainable
development from all three campuses are welcome to apply.

The Kenya program provides students with access to areas of Kenya and
corresponding first-hand experiences that are possible because of
relationships that have been built over the past several years between UWT
faculty and Kenyan colleagues. For example, part of the course involves
traveling to the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest near the community of Watamu on the
Indian Ocean. Here students will have the chance to work with a
world-renowned  ornithologist collecting data on the birds of this forest,
including six species that are on the brink of extinction.

Students will get experience in constructing mist nets and helping collect
vital information (species/age/sex/weight/

condition) about the birds before
they “ring” them (placing a uniquely numbered metal ring or band on the
birds’ “ankle”) and release them back into the wild. Participation in this
course affords students the opportunity to help with an ongoing
collaborative research project between UW Tacoma faculty and local Kenyan
scientists. Conducted in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, this
research is focused on the intersection of elephant management and bird and
arthropod conservation in the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. As the
forest is ringed by 50+ villages whose residents (from the Giriami tribe)
depend on local resources for survival,  students will get a chance to
engage in a deeper understanding of how elephant crop raids, human forest
poaching activities, and conservation efforts in the region collide in a
complex system of interacting dynamics. Students participating in this
course in the past have gone on to return either as field research
assistants with UWT faculty, or on their own doing their own graduate school
field work.

The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and corresponding ecological research is just one
stop on the Kenya program; other activities include working with the Watamu
Turtle Watch on green sea turtle conservation (patrolling beaches for
nesting turtles, helping release turtles caught in fishing nets) as well as
working with water quality issues in communities on the coast as well as in
the Samburu region of Kenya.

To learn more and apply to do the Kenya program, please visit our website:

To find out what it’s like to participate in a Kenya study abroad field
studies course, please visit ‘Notes from the Field’, a blog written from the
perspective of one of the program leaders, Professor John Banks:

Thank you,
Tracey Norris
Study Abroad Coordinator
International Programs
University of Washington, Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA  98402-3100

Ph: 253-692-4426  Fax: 253-692-5643