Hi Guys! My name is Reese Yount, and I am a senior at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. I am a Biology major with an Ecology focus. I love the outdoors, and frequently spend my free time kayaking or hiking the dunes around West Michigan. I have had a passion for travel for as long as I can remember. One of the things that drew me to Hope in the first place was their vast study abroad network. Since freshman year, it has been a priority of mine to study abroad before I graduate. COVID-19 has obviously made that tougher than it otherwise should have been, but through God’s grace I was granted one last shot at study abroad in Tanzania, Africa; I couldn’t be happier.
The program provider I will be going through is SIT (School for International Training). The program itself is a combination of two of their staple programs in Tanzania, those being their Wildlife Conservation & Political Ecology, and Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management seminars based out of Arusha and Zanzibar, respectively. The prospect of getting to study animals both on land and sea is a unique product of this pandemic and one that excites me greatly. Throughout the program, we will be getting to study animals within their natural habitat. SIT is known for their hands on approach to education, it is one of the things that drew me to them initially.
This blog will be a place for those interested to live vicariously through my travels. I will be taking many pictures along the way and, Wi-Fi willing, will share as many experiences as I can with those back home. I appreciate your continued prayer and support while away.
– Reese Yount