Exploring sustainability in Tanzania

June 25, 2024

Three elephants walking in the grass

Five students alongside Charles Brooks, professor of marketing, and Erin Sabato, senior director of global learning, traveled to Tanzania for two weeks, immersing themselves in research surrounding sustainable development goals.

During the spring semester, students researched and studied sustainable development in Tanzania before departing to Tanzania. When studying these sustainable development goals, Sabato emphasized that there is a lot to learn from the innovation happening in Tanzania while also being aware of the potential roadblocks in place.

“There is incredible innovation happening in Tanzania — at all levels — that we can learn from. While at the same time, there was no glossing over the real challenges that are still in place,” said Sabato.

While abroad, students traveled throughout Tanzania where they met with experts in beekeeping and wildlife conservation in the Serengeti and sea cucumber farming and the Zanzibar Blue Economy.

As the students traveled throughout the east African country, they also met with different organization members who are working toward sustainability goals. Students met with the director general of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute who demonstrated the importance of collaboration within conservation.

One of the students on the trip was Brandon Kauffman ’24, MBA ’25, who studied the sustainability efforts taking place.

“This class really helped me put my life and education in perspective. Additionally, it allowed me to see firsthand how businesses and communities deal with global trends and sustainability,” said Kauffman.

Although there was a focus on sustainability, students also got to experience all that Tanzania has to offer.

Students were able to experience the culture and nature of Tanzania. During their stay in the Singing Grass Serengeti bush camp, Jason Bupp ’24, MBA ’25, recalls hearing the sounds of the night while camping.

“We could hear the lions roaring at night and they seemed like they were right outside our tent; it was truly amazing,” said Bupp.

Upon returning to the United States, Sabato and the students have been able to reflect on how the experience has increased their knowledge about sustainability and the efforts they can take to help. The research and education students received from the course and trip have also impacted their career views and how sustainability plays a role in business.

“For my career, this trip was super valuable. It gave me a solid understanding of international business and the importance of sustainability. Plus, the experience of working and interacting in a different culture is something I’ll carry with me throughout my career,” said Kauffman.

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