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Changes to the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Kenya/Tanzania Wildlife Management Studies Semester Program

The safety of our students and staff is the highest priority of The School for Field Studies (SFS), be it in East Africa or anywhere around the globe.  We are closely monitoring the security situation in East Africa, including political and environmental threats, in consultation with the State Department and other experts in our ongoing risk assessment process. In so doing, we strive to ensure group activities, itineraries, staffing, and overall program models meet safety standards of the highest quality.

Our safety strategy in  East Africa includes internal and external safety reviews, 24-hour phone coverage for emergencies, regular review of the hazard landscape, emergency medical training for field staff, knowledge of local and regional medical resources, and a full-time Student Affairs Manager (SAM) at each SFS center who is dedicated to safety and student life.

Based on our current assessment of the situation in Kenya, we have chosen to suspend the Kenya component of our Wildlife Management Studies program for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.  These two semesters will now take place entirely within Tanzania.  Our decision reflects our concern regarding increasing unrest, terrorist activities and political tensions in certain regions of Kenya.  While our Kenya campus lies well beyond these sensitive areas, our diminishing ability to access national parks and regions outside of our campus would mean altering some of the fundamental aspects that make the wildlife program so enriching.  Our month-long summer program, Field Practicum in Public Health and the Environment, which operates in and around our campus center, will run as scheduled.  While we anticipate running our Public Health program in Kenya next summer as well, we will make a final determination in early 2015.  Please see our East Africa Safety Statement for further details.

SFS staff is available to answer questions about health and safety in East Africa. You may contact us on our 24-hour emergency line at 978.741.3544 or email us at admissions@fieldstudies.org.