Justin Beckham

Director

  • Country:
    • Tanzania
  • Business:
    • Study Abroad

Biography

Justin Beckham has lived and worked in Tanzania for 18 years, and has lived in Iringa for seven years. He grew up in California, and also has lived in Connecticut, Maryland, and Germany. Justin studied abroad in Zanzibar in 1999, and led a group of fellow undergraduates on a study abroad program in 2001. This experience started his study of Swahili, local Tanzanian histories, and his love for the country. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in history and German. This was followed by more research trips to Tanzania, leading to two master’s degrees in history from Yale University and extensive research into the 1964 Zanzibar revolution on Pemba Island. Also at Yale, he taught several classes, including one on the history of Africa, preparing him well for the classroom. Fluent in Swahili and now conversant in the local Iringa language of Hehe, Justin is passionate about language and cultural preservation as tools in development. Justin moved to Iringa in 2011 with his wife Sarah and son Juma as a project manager and field coordinator for a Johns Hopkins University research study on the biological, behavioral, and structural drivers of high HIV/AIDS-rates in the region. This work has taken him to every health facility and every beautiful corner of the Iringa region, and has put him in contact with the dedicated staff at many local non-profit organizations. All his varied work and travel experiences over the past 17 years have prepared Justin well for the Director position. He is excited to share Iringa's wonders, challenges, and opportunities with CIEE students.   

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