During this month-long program, students live, study and work at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage which is located in the northern “Copperbelt” region of Zambia. Chimfunshi is 24,000 acres of remote African bush forest. The sanctuary is home to over 120 chimpanzees, a hippo, numerous monkeys, birds and approximately 300 Zambian residents. The center has “deluxe camping facilities”, solar power, sleeping cots, shower rooms (cold), pit toilets with shelters, a cooking area, barbecue pit, clean water and a large outside “Boma” for meetings and meals.

ChimfunshiThree weeks will be spent at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage studying psychology or biology and performing community outreach activities. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the local town of Muchinshi and participate in outreach at their Women’s Center. In addition, students will also visit the famous Victoria Falls before returning to the United States.

To Apply:

Application Deadline: November 1, 2012
  • Early application is encouraged. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Program admits up to 15 students per group with priority given to current Psychology students. Non-psychology majors are highly encourage to apply as well.
  • Operation of this program is subject to administrative approval and is dependent upon meeting the minimum enrollment.

Admission Requirements:
Gonzaga-in-Chimfunshi is open to all undergraduates who will have completed at least freshman year and Zambezimeet the admission requirements listed below:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Clearance forms
  • Interview process



  1. Application form (type directly into pdf and then print completed application)
  2. $50 non-refundable study abroad application fee payable via CASHNet
  3. Two (2) academic recommendations
  4. Student Life clearance online form
  5. Return application to the Study Abroad office either in person (323 E Boone Ave) or by campus mail to AD Box 85.
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0085

Psychology Department
Mark Bodamer, Ph.D.
Phone: (509) 313-6494
Email: bodamer@gonzaga.edu

Biology Department
Bill Ettinger, Ph.D.
Phone: (509) 313-6623
Email: ettinger@gonzaga.edu