East Africa Semester | Carpe Diem Education Gap Year

Location: Multiple Countries; Rwanda: Rural Areas; Tanzania: Arusha; Uganda: Rural Areas

Term: Fall, Spring

Program Duration: 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round


1529 N Killingsworth Street Portland, OR 97217 United States

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Phone: 503-285-1800

Fax: 866-903-1077


Practice community service and international development in the historical-rich context of post-genocide Rwanda.

Track endangered rhinos as part of a conservation team in Uganda. Study sustainable living, farm-to-table food systems, and deepen personal practices such as yoga and meditation during a holistic living retreat.

Collaborate with diverse organizations to assist local communities in education, children’s homes, building projects, women’s empowerment, HIV/AIDS support, sustainability, and environmental conservation.

Learn about the unique, community-based projects of a local non-profit and volunteer at a rural school for children with special needs. Chat with welcoming host families in Tanzania with your newly-acquired Swahili.

Through small groups of no more than 12 students, you will experiment with leadership roles, self-awareness, and purpose.

Experiential education. Community. Intercultural exchange. It's how Carpe Diem Education connects with and gives back to the global communities we interact with.


1. Swahili language study with cultural homestays

2. 3-4 day Safari through several Tanzanian National Parks including the Serengeti!

3. Community Based Volunteering with organizations helping; AIDS affected communities, schools, and orphanages

4. Cultural immersion and study of the various issues that face communities in the region

5. PADI SCUBA certification course based in the island of Zanzibar

6. Group sizes with a maximum of 10 students, plus 2 Program Leaders

7. 18 college-credits offered by Portland State University

8. FAFSA and Scholarships are offered

Type of Programs
  • Gap Year
  • Outdoor Education
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Experiential Learning
  • Language Immersion

  • English
  • Swahili

Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

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Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Human Rights
  • Health Education
  • Gender Issues
  • Environment
  • Economic Development
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Agriculture
  • Music
  • Animal Welfare
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Volunteer Management
  • Recreation
  • Reforestation
  • Refugee Relief
  • Disaster Relief
  • Marine Conservation
  • Social Work
  • Renewable Energy
  • Tourism
  • Tree Planting
  • Public Policy
  • Pastoral Work
  • Parks
  • Organic Farming
  • Nutrition
  • AIDS
  • Community Centers
  • Public Health
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Culture
  • Orphans
Typical Volunteer
• This program is designed for GAP YEAR students.  Students can expect to:
• Travel together as a small group, throughout the entire program.
• Participate in community building exercises during orientation that focus on team-building and group dynamics.
• Have two Overseas Educators facilitate regular group meetings throughout the semester, to create space for students to reflect, process and connect with each other.
• Immerse themselves in the places we visit through home stays and service projects and working alongside local partners.
• Abide by our Sacred Six agreements designed to help challenge you to grow personally, engage in the program in meaningful ways, and ensure we are creating a safe space to travel responsibly.
This Program is open to

American, Worldwide, Canadian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Guest House
  • Dormitory
  • Home-stays
  • Group living

Participants Travel

in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Essay
  • Online Application
  • Phone/Video Interview
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 business days
Post Services Include
  • Job and Internship Network
  • Alumni Network
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded