Photography and International Development

May 14, 2022 – May 31, 2022

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Understanding and communicating Namibia’s agricultural issues through word and illustration are necessary skills for communicators of such issues. Texas A&M University (TAMU) and local Namibian agribusinesses provide TAMU students with an international high-impact educational experience. Courses are enhanced with study trips to Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Waterberg, Twyfelfontein, the Kalahari and Namib Deserts, and to Damara, Himba, and San native villages to engage students in Namibia’s unique ecological and cultural heritage.

Pre-travel class meetings are held at TAMU’s College Station campus during the spring semester. Opportunities are available for partial funding. Please email Jessica Spence for more information or if you are interested in this opportunity.


Check out the 2019 Program:



Courses will be taught in the spring semester 2022, with travel and remaining coursework over the 2022 Maymester.

Course Travel Dates: May 15, 2022 – May 30, 2022

Costs: $6,700 + Airfare (~$1,800), and other costs (passport, some meals, souvenirs, etc.)

Courses (6 hours): AGCJ 308/ALED 460

Eligibility: Open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

Scholarship Application Deadline: October 12, 2019

Faculty Leaders:


Classes Offered:

AGCJ 308 – Agricultural Photography: This course explores digital photography as a component of career skills necessary for agricultural journalists and communicators. Students will participate in photo shoots and use photo editing software to enhance and improve digital photographs. A final portfolio will demonstrate skills learned and applied during the course (3 credits).

ALEC 460 – Applying International Development Theories in Agriculture:  Practical application of agricultural development theories (geographical, communal, societal, etc.) in Namibia during Maymester. This high-impact learning experience will include interactions with Namibia agribusinesses, the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, and international organizations (3 credits).

Alternative course credits available only to those who have previously taken the above classes.


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Want to See More?

Explore the program’s past Instagram hashtags to see student’s posts and experiences.

2020: (Virtual) #TAMULionQueens

2019: #NamFam19

2018: #HowdyNamit

2017: #NamibianAggies2017

2016: #TAMUFamibia

2015: #TAMUTakesNamibia15

2014: #ALECNamibia


Watch the Aggies perform the War Hymn for the native Damara Tribe of Namibia:

Texas A&M Yells in Namibia


Join the group as they photograph an incoming elephant herd in Etosha National Park:

TAMU | Namibia 360: Elephant Photoshoot


Experience African agriculture and join the tour of a Namibian owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm:

TAMU | Namibia 360: Fruit and Veg Farm Tour


Join the crew as they spot a hyena on a chilly Namibian morning on a game drive:

TAMU | Namibia 360: Morning Game Drive


Check out the 2016 Program here:

Adventures in Namibia | Summer 2016

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