The International PDS in Lusaka, Zambia provides opportunities for teacher candidates from Buffalo State to gain exposure to Zambian culture and educational system by immersing in teaching math, science and social studies. Participants Buffalo State teacher candidates and faculty/staff travel to Zambia in the early summer for two and a half weeks.
Lusaka, Zambia (view map) is located in the southern part of the central plateau of the Republic of Zambia. Lusaka is the country's largest city and capital. Zambia, a landlocked country located in southeast Africa, has a tropical climate with and average temperature of 68°F and two seasons - rainy from November to April, and dry from May to October. English is the official language of Lusaka, although there are 8 recognized regional languages.
The overall cost of the program includes: roundtrip flight, lodging, group ground transportation, group cultural excursions, travel health insurance, and program administrative fees but does not include anticipated or unexpected personal expenses. The current program estimate is $5000. Final program costs are determined once all participants are enrolled. Some expenses are included in a one-time fee applied to Buffalo State tuition bill. Other expenses are paid separately by each student before and during travel.
Travel: May/June 2023 (3 weeks)
Cohort Meetings: Spring Semester 2023
Accepting Applications: Yes
Application Deadline: November 1, 2022
Applications are accepted through the School of Education during open application periods only (see above). Applicants must submit a completed application form, essay of intent, one academic reference, and a copy of past grades and current course registration. Handwritten applications are acceptable.
- Open to all current Buffalo State undergraduate and graduate students - including those graduating the May prior to travel
- Priority given to education majors
- Must maintain good academic standing
- Must be able to obtain passport
- Must be willing and able to obtain required immunizations and preventative medications
Follow Zambia participants as they experience life abroad.
View individual profiles of past participants - colorful demonstrations of the impact of IPDS programs on the personal and professional lives of our students.
A graduate of the Exceptional and Elementary Education programs, Claire recounts her experience at a school in Zambia.
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