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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Disciplines

Faculty-LedFaculty-Led | Health Science Tanzania


This program provides an opportunity for Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) students to engage in their fields of study within a developing-country context.  Participants will explore the similarities and differences of therapy practice in Tanzania compared with those in their country of study.  As students spend time with local professionals and health workers, they will gain valuable insight into different practices and methodologies that are more effectively implemented in developing countries, utilizing locally-available knowledge and resources.  Participants will experience the vibrancy and warmth of Tanzanian people from all walks of life as they immerse themselves in the culture.


This module will be based for the most part in Arusha, the capital city of the Arusha Region in Northern Tanzania. Arusha sits in the shadow of Mt. Meru, on the edge of the eastern branch of the Great African Rift Valley and acts as a very important hub for the East African Community, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Tanzanian tourism industry.  Arusha, a culturally-diverse city with a majority Tanzanian population from a variety of backgrounds (including indigenous African, Arab-Tanzanian and Indian-Tanzanian), provides the perfect location and environment for this study-abroad module. The main religions represented in the region include Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. The city’s strategic position allows easy access to Tanzania’s most famous National Parks, such as Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The accommodations included are very comfortable and secure, and provide excellent “home away from home” bases for the program.  All rooms have en-suite bathrooms.  Hearty meals, hot showers and meeting rooms are also provided.  In our Arusha accommodation, free WIFI is available in public areas.

Educational Outcomes

  • Gain greater insight into the practice of OT, PT & SLP in a developing country as well as the cultural perceptions surrounding disabilities and healthcare in Tanzania
  • Understand the challenges faced within this aspect of healthcare in Tanzania
  • Assist and learn from people and organizations that are dedicated to providing education, vocational training and employment for people with disabilities
  • Gain experience assisting professionals with their patients in a cross-cultural environment
  • Create and deliver healthcare workshops in urban and rural communities
  • Walk away with an expanded world-view through authentic, daily cross-cultural interactions

Module Length

The minimum duration for this module is 12 days.  The maximum length is 21 days.


Kristen Connolly

Kristen is a Doctor of Physical Therapy practicing in the United States. She grew up in New York, but her love of the mountains and outdoors brought her to Washington State. Kristen’s passion in rehabilitation and medicine is pediatrics, yet she has experience working with a variety of populations. She volunteered in Tanzania as a licensed Physical Therapist for the first time in April 2016, and her passion for teaching and traveling has inspired her to continue leading educational modules and programs abroad.

When Kristen is not lending a helping hand, she’s writing, taking photos, drawing, or outside climbing and mountaineering! Kristen’s mission is to grow and learn alongside individuals from other cultures and backgrounds in effort to create sustainable, conscious outreach to communities in need.

Margaret Kenyi

Margaret has a Masters degree in chemistry and a diploma in Education. She was the Education Program Manager of an International NGO but decided to leave that career path to pursue Special Education in order to provide education and a flourishing life for her autistic daughter Ruth. She is now the Executive Director of Step By Step Learning Centre which has been providing education and medical care to children with disabilites since 2005.

What she loves most about her work is watching her students begin to improve from the work at SSLC after being put down by their challenges and the difficult world around them

Tyler Kinzer

Tyler Kinzer studied Intercultural Studies at John Brown University in the United States. Before joining the EDU Africa family, he worked as a high-end interior carpenter before he and his wife moved to Tanzania. “Having been born and raised in Kenya, East Africa is my home which has cultivated in me a deep love of adventure, nature, culture and people.

I spent my childhood camping and hiking, and on the seat of my motorcycle exploring as much of Kenya as I could. I have a passion for adventure, travel and Africa. I am lucky to be able to share all of that with my incredible wife”.

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