Cool Program of the Week – Round River Conservation Studies – Botswana Program

Africa-Botswana-RoundRiverCamping for an entire semester!  Round River offers students a completely field-based study abroad program in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, home to some of the world’s most abundant and diverse wildlife populations. Students conduct wildlife research and work with local people.

The Okavango Delta, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to some of the world’s most abundant and diverse wildlife populations. Our projects involve working closely with local people to implement a wildlife monitoring program in the Delta. Students conduct wildlife surveys, monitor rare and threatened bird species, and enjoy amazing wildlife viewing opportunities in one of Africa’s most vibrant wetland and savannah ecosystems. Our unique programs give students the opportunity to contribute to local conservation, while gaining valuable field skills and earning undergraduate course credits.

To find out more about this program and to apply please visit:

Top 4 Most Hardcore Study Abroad Programs

Abroad101’s vagabonding vixen, Tami Bolk, tells us about the Top 4 Most Extreme Study Abroad Programs.  Chuck Norris approved and fit for The Most Interesting Man in the World, these programs are sure to give you bada$$ bragging rights.

So you studied abroad.  Maybe you safaried in Kenya, hiked the Himalayas, or went scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.  Maybe your program let you explore 8 different cities in Europe, where you not only mastered your Scandinavian slang, but you sat kiddy-corner from that nearly-famous French actress (whose name you just can’t remember anymore)… oh, and you did all of this as a college Freshman. Ok, so maybe you’re a true baller if you really did all of that.  But for most that go abroad and think they’re the shiz for simply sipping a pint in the UK, it’s time to reconsider.  Check out this list of the Top 4 Most Hardcore Study Abroad programs and see how you measure up.

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Maggie in Tanzania!

Ngorongoro Crater Safari - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tanzania, Africa

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The below was submitted by our Global Ambassador, Maggie, in Tanzania. Maggie has been in Tanzania since June 9th and this post was written before she left about her hopes and desires for the program.

Hey All, My name is Maggie Rodney. I’m nineteen years old and I’m about to be a Junior at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. I was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, but currently, when I’m not in school, I live in Boulder, Colorado.

Now, on to the interesting stuff – my trip abroad! On Saturday, June 9th, I’m headed off to Tanzania for a thirty day wildlife conservation program with the School for Field Studies.

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ThisWorldMusic: Not Your Typical Study Abroad in Ghana Program

This World Music

Jeremy Cohen is a Boston-based musician, educator and arts entrepreneur. In his dual role as founder/director of ThisWorldMusic® and adjunct professor at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, he leads the top-rated UMass Study Abroad in Ghana program. We caught up with Jeremy recently to find out more about what is unique about studying in Africa in general, and about the ThisWorldMusic/UMass Music, Arts & Culture course in particular.



Tell us about ThisWorldMusic
ThisWorldMusic was founded to provide professional development opportunities and curriculum resources to educators interested in teaching world music, with a special focus on West African drumming. Through partnerships with organizations like The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Memphis City Schools, we have been helping to lead the (still nascent) effort to develop best practices in the field of world music education. After I began teaching at UMass Amherst in 2008, we decided to expand the scope of TWM by creating the Ghana study abroad program.