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Oral History Project – Employee Application

Application Deadline: October 19, 2018

Program Summary:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION are a major focus of the Nova Scotia Community College. As part of this work we are presenting the third year of this exciting program opportunity!

This program is a two-week employee led student learning program in Tanzania focused on the research, documentation and interpretation of oral history in various regions of the country. This innovative program will include students from the tour guiding program of the Mikumi Vocational Training Centre (Mikumi) and tourism/hospitality students from the VETA Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute (Arusha). This program will support the curriculum of a new “eco/cultural tourism” course at the Mikumi VTC by providing the finished documentation to be used as teaching resources and case studies. The program will be held in coordination with two ISTEP projects in which NSCC is working with Mikumi VTC and VHTTI to develop new programming.

Employee Role:

This application is for a ‘junior’ employee lead who will work collaboratively with the ‘senior’ lead and the students in all the pre-departure phases of the program but will not travel to Tanzania in 2019. Upon program approval for May 2020, the ‘junior’ employee lead will become the ‘senior’ lead and participate in the travel component of the program.

 About Mikumi, Tanzania and Mikumi VTC

Since 2009 NSCC has been working with Mikumi Vocational Training Centre (part of the Tanzania Vocational Education Training Authority – VETA) on a Canadian Government funded project managed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) called Education for Employment (EFE). The purpose of the project is to build capacity of tourism training offered at the VTC, which is adjacent to a national park, and experience a growth in wildlife and adventure tourism.  Initiatives have included faculty and staff exchange, teacher training, leadership and management training, curriculum review, library services and IT enhancements, marketing, social media and entrepreneurship training, outreach to industry, tourism industry study tours in Nova Scotia, and NSCC student and faculty study tours at Mikumi. 

NSCC is currently working on a new project with MIkumi VTC focusing on the development of an eco/cultural tourism certificate program.

The Mikumi VTC is 400 kilometres outside of Dar es Salaam, just outside the Mikumi National Park boundary in Mikumi Town, and is fully equipped with a restaurant, overnight accommodations, a tourist information centre and a conference centre.

About Arusha, Tanzania and the VETA Hotel and Tourism Training Institute

NSCC began working with VHTTI in 2015 on a Government of Canada funded project developing a tour operations program at the Diploma level. The institute is located in Njiro – Arusha, about 15 kilometres from the heart of Arusha city. VHTTI was strategically established and located in Arusha to curb the rising need of expertise in hospitality and tourism industry. Arusha was chosen as a strategic location due to the fact that among other reasons the city is at the heart of the Tanzania’s Northern tourism circuit.

Located below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, Arusha has a temperate climate. The city is close to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To learn about and share best practices about documentation techniques, the interpretation and story-telling of oral history and cultural practices;
  • To develop and refine the skills needed to prepare for and participate in an international learning experience including research, organization, risk management, teamwork, interpersonal communication and cultural competence and sensitivity.
  • To strengthen academic and portfolio profiles through enhanced research, analytical thinking, planning, communication, innovation, entrepreneurship, applied learning and marketing.
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and Tanzania

NSCC International will Provide:

  • Logistical coordination (risk management, pre-departure orientation, travel documentation support, arrangement of in-country transportation and accommodation, etc.
  • Program management support.

Selection Criteria:

  • Continuing, full time employee with proven experience, expertise and passion for any of the following digital storytelling, documentation, interpretation and/or cultural tourism.
  • International experience considered an asset.
  • Commitment to applying learning in future work with NSCC.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application Form
  • Signed letter of support from your supervisor stating they are aware you are applying for this opportunity (uploaded to the online form)

 Project Timeline (subject to change):

October 2018 Student and Employee Application (Call for Submission)
November 2018 Employee Selection
November 2018 Student Selection
November 2018 Design Student Learning Contract
December 2018 Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2019 Research and planning phase initiated
April 2019 Pre-Departure Conference
June 2019 Reporting and Debriefing


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Have Questions? Contact Kellie McMullin, NSCC International: kellie.mcmullin@nscc.ca or 902-491-3387


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