Studying Abroad in Tanzania!

Cameron Morrison Start Date: Dec 17, 2017 - End Date: Jan 27, 2018
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My Travel Story

by: Cameron Morrison Start Date: Dec 17, 2017 - End Date: Jan 27, 2018
Hello everyone! Some of you remeber a trip took a couple years ago called TCTW. That trip had a huge impact on me and ever since then I have had a thirst for my next great adventure and the time has come. If you know my parents it does not come as surprise when I tell you that they taught me about honesty, truth, compassion, kindness and how to care for people. They also encouraged me to take risks and to go into each day with a smile on my face. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure. I grew up with having heros like Steve Irwin and David Attenborough but the more I grow into who I am today the more I relize that who I am today is because of my parents and not to sound braggadocious but I like who I am today. 

This upcoming semester I will be traveling to Tanzania Africa to study Wildlife Management with The School For Field Studies. The School for Field Studies is an international organization that centers its study abroad sites in areas that are facing severe environmental issues. Founded in 1980, for over 30 years now they have made it their goal to help bring environmental awareness to their students and the local communities. They have always made it their goal to help the local communities that they work, live, and learn in. Each program consists of the first few weeks focusing on learning. However, the learning is then tied in with the community that one will be studying in. With the knowledge learned in the first few weeks, one then helps with an on-going research project, contributing to their own findings to the overall study.

The Tanzania program is centered around research on the ecological components of the African Savannah. From learning about the human-wildlife conflict to gaining knowledge on how to conduct actual "in-the-field" research experiments, I will be able to continue my passion for learning more about animals and the environment we all live in and the issues that must be addressed. As the semester continues, I'll be able to participate in a research experiments such as studying the social dynamics of elephant groups or understanding the dynamics of human-animal conflicts in tourist parks.

School for Field Studies program at Tanzania will not only help me grow as a person but it will also help me gain an extreme amount knowledge and insight in the career path I want to take by working with locals and the public in a part of the world that I have never been before. If you know me you probably know I am not a huge fan in asking others for money unless it is actually for a good legitament cause. I do not want you to think that I am relying on donations or handouts. I have been working extremly hard towards this since I discovered this program in May with just finishing what will hopefully be my hardest semester at NC State while working and now getting home to start a new job as a seasonal emplyoee for UPS. I have been pushing myself because this is certainly not a cheap trip as you can imagine and had to take out loans to pay for it. If you cannot provide a donation at any amount I totally understand and only ask for prayers and thoughts during my 3 months in Tanzania.

Thank you and have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
-Cameron Morrison

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