Program Description


Summer 2018: June 18-22

This week-long program introduces the basics of African culture through Swahili language, music, dance, culture, and crafts. Our instructors are drawn from West Africa, Southern and East Africa. Instructors Felicity Tackey-Otoo and Fezile Mtsetfwa are doctoral students at University of Florida, and Erick Bwenge is a student at Santa Fe College.

Students Will:

  • “Travel” to all the regions of Africa–North, West, East, Southern and Central Africa
  • Learn about the landscapes, people, food, music, dress and housing
  • Learn basic facts about Africa and useful Swahili phrases
  • Learn crafts and receive vocabulary books

Program Information:

  • The program will take place June 18-22, Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon
  • Fee $80
  • Snacks and supplies included
  • Fourth to eighth grade students are encouraged to apply
  • For more information and to register, call 352-395-5193


This program is hosted in partnership with the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development, and the Center for African Studies with funds provided by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.


Past Jambo! Programs


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Summer 2015: June 8 – June 18

This exciting FREE two-week day program will introduce a select group of high school students to an African language and contemporary Africa. In the Summer 2015, the focus will be on Swahili, a language that is widely spoken in Central and Eastern Africa.

During the two weeks, the students will be immersed in learning the basics of the Swahili language as well as contemporary issues of African culture. Each morning students will be engaged in fun ways of learning including videos, popular music, poetry and drama. In the late mornings students will be engaged in creative activities including music and dance.

All students will receive a t-shirt, language & study materials as well as a certificate of completion. Apply early as there are only a few slots available. The program is sponsored by the Center for African Studies with funds provided by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

Program benefits include:

  • Learning the basics of Swahili language and contemporary Africa
  • Learning about the second largest continent and its global impact
  • University of Florida certificate of participation in African studies
  • Free tuition and materials

Space is limited and the Jambo! program is capped at 30 participants every summer. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!  Click here to learn more about applying to the program, or to fill out an application.