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Program Description:
Africa
Zambia Waterfall

Students will travel to Africa to learn about international conservation and development in national parks and wildlife areas of Zambia.This course will cover issues of livelihoods and sustainable development in Zambia using the Livingstone Region of the Zambezi River as a model to explore the complex interactions between natural resources, local people, NGO’s, government agencies, tourism providers, resource managers and tourists. We will focus our discussions on livelihoods, livelihood change and nature-based tourism in the context of sustainable development. 


Academic
PTRM 345X: Sustaining Human Society & Natural Environment, 6 credits

Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in a lodge and most meals will be included in the program cost.

Cost Information
$2,961 + airfare
All meals, lodging, and international insurance are included in the program fee. 

Tuition
If you are registered as a full-time student (12 credits for undergraduate students and 12 credits for graduate students) in the spring semester 2018, the 6 credits of this course will already be included in the flat-rate tuition.  If you are not at the flat rate, you will need to pay tuition for the additional credits. No summer tuition is required for this course. 

Credits
PTRM 345 (6 Credits)

Program Dates
May 18 - June 7, 2018

Learning Objectives and Course Requirements
Students will travel to Africa to learn about international conservation and development in national parks and wildlife areas of Zambia. This course will cover issues of livelihoods and sustainable development in Zambia using the Livingstone Region of the Zambezi River as a model to explore the complex interactions between natural resources, local people, NGO’s, government agencies, tourism providers, resource managers and tourists. We will focus our discussions on livelihoods, livelihood change and nature-based tourism in the context of sustainable development.  Opportunities and challenges will be explored between biodiversity conservation, environmental, economic and human dimensions of nature-based tourism and sustainability.

After familiarizing ourselves with the unique natural landscape features, including Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Site and wonder of the world, we will explore nature-based tourism and sustainability with the view of understanding opportunities and challenges amidst tourism growth. We will also visit the Chief Mukuni Village to get a feel of a traditional way of life amidst tourism growth in the Livingstone area. Students will learn through extensive readings, class discussions, field visits (including field service projects with one of the local organizations or communities), meetings with tourism stakeholders, resource conservation activists and the local people. 

Students will also visit the iconic Chobe National Park in Botswana and spend several days experiencing a safari of the major charismatic African wildlife and a unique camping experience within the park while engaging with park managers and professionals. This is a major highlight of the trip and a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

   Giraffe   Elephant

Tentative course schedule 
May 18 Depart Missoula 
May 19 Overnight in Johannesburg, South Africa
May 20 Arrive in Livingstone Zambia. Check into the Kaazmein Lodge; Meet our Zambian cohort; Driving tour of the city.
May 21 Orientation to Livingstone Area; Livingstone Museum; Livingstone area background; Bird counts on the Zambezi River
May 22 Victoria Falls World Heritage Site.   
May 23 Mosi-a- Tunya National Park
May 24 Tour of Sekute Community Trust/ African Wildlife Foundation 
May 25 Chief Mukuni Village          
May 26 Alert Program – Walk with Lions     
May 27 Livingstone Tourism Association                                      
May 28 Panel Discussions with Community Stakeholders Heritage, ZAWA, Ministry of Tourism, James, AWF                                
May 29 Field projects                                                       
May 30   Field projects                                                       
May 31   Field projects                                                       
June 1   Close out the Livingstone Experience              
June 2   Depart for Chobe Elephant Park
June 3   National Park Safari Management    
June 4   Chobe National Park Environmental Education in an expedition context.
June 5   Return to Livingstone
June 6   Depart for Missoula via Johannesburg
June 7   Return to Missoula or beyond

About the instructors
The course will be co-led by Wayne Freimund and Jennifer Thomsen, professors in the Parks, Tourism, and Recreation program in the College of Forestry and Conservation. Jane Kwenye, professor of Copperbelt University in Zambia and former graduate student at University of Montana, will also serve an course instructor.

Zambia at a Glance
Population

14,638,505

Climate
Tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)

Location
Southern Africa, east of Angola, south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Livingstone
Livingstone is Zambia's tourist capital and enables us to look at areas of global significance that demonstrate global issues as well as the impact at the national, regional, community, NGO and individual business level. The Livingstone area is endowed with numerous natural landscape features, including one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls World Heritage site. The Livingstone area also contains unique cultural sites, as well as the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park, which is one of Zambia's 20 national parks. As a result of its unique natural landscape features, Livingstone appeals to both domestic and international tourists. The livelihoods in the area are heavily reliant on tourism which has grown rapidly over the years.

                   Zambia Rainbow


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/15/2020 03/01/2020 TBA TBA