Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Mississippi

Zambia

See the program’s Study Abroad page for specific information.

The study abroad program in Zambia provides a unique opportunity to enhance students’ international experience and research skills, including scientific data collection, data analysis, and presentation. Students will experience cultural immersion while conducting research in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province. Students will gain a greater understanding of bio-cultural adaptation, the impact of poor nutrition on growth and development and overall health, as well as the multifaceted challenges of agricultural production, environmental degradation, drought, and food insecurity.

Teams composed of University of Mississippi, University of Nebraska, and Zambian university students will work together throughout the study experience. Teams will engage in a broad array of activities, e.g., collecting survey data and interviewing, visiting health and education programs, assessing growth and development and nutritional status (anthropometry), mapping social and natural resources, visiting markets and small holder farms, and conducting participant-observation to facilitate learning and develop research skills. All student teams will spend three to five days conducting participant-observation within local farming communities and households. The focus of the participant observation will be determined by the interests of students as identified in the pre-departure session. For example, students with an interest in animal science will be placed in households with a variety of livestock holdings. In this experience, student teams will work with a rural family and collect data based on their preparatory training. Also, students will assist in household and/or farming activities where possible, e.g., harvesting, plowing, marketing, cooking, etc. Students will be required to compile lists of all food-related items available for sale in the study area. Students will also have the opportunity to experience a safari in Zambia’s Kafue National Park and to see one of the world’s great wonders, Victoria Falls.

After the research sessions, two 10-day research experiences in Copperbelt Province, students will share their findings and experiences in a PowerPoint presentation to be delivered to fellow students and faculty at Copperbelt University School of Medicine. Additionally, students will deliver a presentation to fellow students and faculty at the University of Mississippi in the semester following their study abroad experience.

This study abroad will include five days of preparation in the US, followed by a full four-week fieldwork experience in Zambia. The preparatory week will include reading and discussing literature, selecting a research topic or focus, examining the languages and cultures to be experienced, reviewing the study abroad procedures, and organizing contact information and safety procedures.

Student can earn 6 hours of credit in either: Soc 385 or SOHE 301

Contact Dr. Annie Cafer if you are interested (amcafer@olemiss.edu)