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Solar Innovation in Kenya – 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 first year of this exciting program opportunity!

NSCC would like to announce an opportunity for one employee from the School of Trades and Technology to participate in the Solar Innovation project in Kenya in 2019.

Interested employes are asked to review the information below, including the Criteria for Selection, and to submit the online application form.  Expressions of interest will be reviewed by NSCC International and the School of Trades and Technology.

The program will take place May, 2019.

The 2019 Kenya Solar Project is a faculty and student international learning program with the purpose being  to use solar energy innovative solutions at Kenya Coast National Polytechnic (KCNP) in Mombasa, Kenya. The program will provide an opportunity for students from the School of Trades and Technology to analyze, design, document and implement technology to create a “solar bench” where students, staff and the community could charge small devices such as mobile phones. The travel to Kenya will take place over a two and a half week period in May 2019. The project will provide a cross disciplinary senior project learning opportunity for a team of second year students. The NSCC students and faculty will collaborate with counterparts at Camosun College (Victoria, BC) and KCNP. 

About Mombasa, Kenya and KCNP

Mombasa is a city on the coast of Kenya. It is the country's oldest and second-largest city, after the capital Nairobi, with an estimated population of about 1.4 million people in 2016. Its metropolitan region is the second largest in the country and has a population of approximately 3 million people.


NSCC has been working with Camosun College on a Kenya Education for Employment project (KEFEP) since 2017. The focus of the project is to develop new courses in both Electrical and Tourism programs.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • To learn about and share best practices to implement solar technology to create an innovative approach to produce power in a simple and cost-effective way.
  • 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 Kenya                      NS

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.
  • Funding for all direct travel costs (flights, accommodation, per diems and local transportation) for the employee to mentor and support the students in Kenya

Selection Criteria:


Continuing, full time School of Trades and Technology employees with experience in one of the following programs:

  • Electronics
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology

International experience considered an asset and 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 Faculty Application (Call for Submission)
October 2018 Faculty 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
January 2019 Online Pre-Departure Course begins
February 2019 Health Travel Consultation and Immunization
April 2019 Pre-Departure Conference
May 2019 International Learning Program in Kenya
June 2019 Reporting and Debriefing



  • Selected faculty must participate in the pre-departure online course and one-day pre-departure conference on April 12, 2019
  • Employees must follow the NSCC international travel policy

APPLY NOW! Application Form (click to access form)

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

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