School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC

Kenya Travel Study and Field Experience

Program Details

The Kenya travel study and field experience is interdisciplinary, and has attracted students across various majors, particularly Media + Communication, International Studies, Education, Business and Religious Studies. The program involves pre-trip preparation and post-trip completion of academic assignments.  

You will find further information in this overview of the most recent trip. Sections include stats about Kenya Travel Study Alumni; proposed schedule; cost; a list of activities, events and highlights; and more of what to expect before, during, and after the trip.


You are required to take two, but may take three, of the course offerings for this 2015 summer semester:

COMM 316 • East Africa Field Study  
This interdisciplinary and experiential course fosters interaction with diverse physical and human environments. It provides exposure to the region's history, religions, politics, and socio-economic realities that shape the communication and cultures of East Africa. (3 s.h.)

Prerequisites: None

IDIS 450 (COMM 451) • Transformational Development and Leadership
Explore social and humanitarian responses to critical social issues such as poverty. Learn to perceive leadership through cultural, political, economic religious, and historical lenses. (3 s.h. meets IDIS requirement for graduation)  

Prerequisites: 70 s.h.

COMM/ANTH/LING 302  Cross-Cultural Communication
This course explores various cultural systems including social structure, value and belief systems. It highlights principles of cultural adaptation and cross-cultural interaction. (3 s.h.)

Prerequisites: None

ANTH 390/COMM 350 • Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Survey global gender themes through comparative analysis and field experiences. Study the cultural construction of gender and personhood as shaped by cultural practices and ideologies, and gain perspective on how authority serves to limit or empower women. (3 s.h.)

Prerequisites: None

Kenya Travel Study Flyer
Kenya Travel Study Application Form

Instructor’s Bios:

E. Ruth Anaya , D. Litt. et Phil. (Cand.)
Professor Ruth Anaya is a faculty member of the School of the Arts, Media and Culture and the School of Business. Her expertise and research is in cross-cultural communication, global leadership and international development in East Africa and Central America. She also teaches leadership for Asian business settings. Her passion is to expose students to culture and change, and to promote social justice and explore solutions for alleviating poverty.

Read a feature article on Muhanda and the Kenya Travel Study in the Trinity Western University Magazine: Daughter of our Community.

* Assisted by travel study alumnus and leadership intern

Petra Anaya, M.A.
Petra Anaya, the coordinator and cultural expert for the program, is a multi-lingual Canadian, Kenyan by birth. His profession as a financial planner, and background in education and community development, is foundational to his international work in development through Hands-On Development Initiatives International (H.O.D.I. International), of which he is the Canadian Director. H.O.D.I. provides students with opportunities for significant involvement in development projects in western Kenya.


E. Ruth Anaya
ph: 604-513-2121 ext. 3143

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