Students will live with Malian families, with a great likelihood of sharing a room with a host brother or sister. They will have breakfast and dinner with their families unless other program commitments intervene.
Upon arrival in Bamako, the capital city, the participants will travel by road to a small village for an orientation to life in a Malian family, including some training in Bambara and in various aspects of Malian social etiquette. The group will then return to the capital city to be placed in host families. Numerous excursions will be organized in Bamako and its surrounding areas, and to other historical sites around Mali: Segou, the capital of the old Bambara Kingdom; Mopti, called the “Venice of Mali”; the Dogon country, known as the land of the cliff-dwellers; the neighboring country of Burkina Faso, and possibly the medieval city of Timbuktu. A number of non-credit orientation meetings in fall term 2011 at Carleton are considered part of the seminar.
The 2011-2012 Carleton comprehensive fee covers orientation, room and board, instruction, public transportation in Bamako, group excursions and some cultural events. Students are expected to pay for their own airfare between the US and Bamako (Mali) and for books and personal expenses, as well as the expenses of any independent travel. An estimated $400 would be a reasonable amount for personal expenses and the purchase of some local artifacts. Student financial aid is applicable as on campus. See the Off-campus Studies Office or website at http://go.carleton.edu/ocs for further information regarding loans and other subjects related to financial aid.
Applications are available on this website as well as in the Off-Campus Studies office, Leighton 119.
Applications are due by 4:30pm Friday, April 15, 2011 to Mary Tatge, Administrative Assistant, LDC 340.
Individual interviews will be scheduled with the director. Students will be notified of acceptance shortly thereafter.