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Mikumi Solar Water Project – Student Application

Student Application Deadline: November 17, 2017

Program Summary:

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

The 2018 Mikumi Solar Water Project is a faculty and student international learning program with the purpose being  to use solar energy to improve conditions on the Mikumi Vocational Training Centre (VTC) campus in Tanzania. The 2017 program will focus on the areas of water quality in combination with solar energy.  The program will provide an opportunity for students from the School of Trades and Technology to analyze, design, document and implement solutions to improve water quality and create a cost effective, solar – driven, sustainable approach to de-scaling the water.  The travel to Tanzania will take place over a two and a half week period in May 2017. 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 their electrical and related program counterparts at Mikumi VTC to implement the project.

 Program Qualifications:

This program is open to second-year NSCC students from the following programs:

  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Electronic Engineering Technologist
  • Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Engineering Technology

Successful completion of this program will provide students with a Senior Applied Research Project and/or Work Experience equivalency. 

 Faculty Involvement:

Selected faculty will provide support to the students during all phases 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

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.

The Tanesco Electrical Power Supply Company is the government run utility that provides power in Tanzania. Most of the power is hydro and Tanzania is growing rapidly. Frequently there are power shortages especially during the dry season. The power is switched off at the Mikumi VETA frequently and without notice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • · To learn about and share best practices to implement solar power to address water supply concerns in developing countries.
  • · 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

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be a NSCC student with a valid passport (or the abilitty to get one).
  • Must be a student enrolled in the second year of one of the identified programs
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.

Application Requirements:

· Online Application (see below)

· Current Resume (uploaded to application form)

Students should complete their application on or before November 17, 2017.  Following interviews with shortlisted candidates, students will be notified in the first half of November if they are accepted to participate in this program.  After receiving approval students will be given a payment schedule and will be expected to pay a $250 deposit as their first payment in December. At this time a learning contract will also be distributed to be signed by students and faculty outlining roles and responsibilities.  

 Project Timeline (subject to change):

October 2017 Student Application (Call for Submission)
November 2017 Student Selection
December 2017 Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2018 Research and planning phase initiated
January 2018 Online Pre-Departure Course begins
Aprl 2018 Pre-Departure Conference
May 2018 International Learning Program in Tanzania
June 2018 Debriefing and Reporting


  • Students accepted into this program must participate in the pre-departure online course and one-day pre-departure conference on April 6, 2018
  • Students must follow the NSCC international travel policy

Wait List:

Those who are interviewed but not selected may have the opportunity to be placed on a wait-list until all deposits are received.

Program Cost:

The approximate costs associated with this program are outlined below.  The exact costs will be confirmed by NSCC and Mikumi VTC and will depend on the Tanzanian Shilling exchange rate.  The following costs will be included in your Program Fee payable to Nova Scotia Community College. 

Program Fee

Program Fee (airfare, accommodations, local transportation, cultural activities and most meals) $3,500
Travel & Health Insurance $100
TOTAL (payable to Nova Scotia Community College) $3,600

Additional Individual Costs (may vary depending on individual):

Passport and Passport Photo $100
Immunizations and Prescriptions $200
Meals ($50/day x 5 days) $250
TOTAL $550

Participants are responsible for the costs of their passport & passport photos ($100), immunizations and prescriptions ($200), meals and any additional expenses not outlined in the Program Fee.

Student Bursary

Students will have the opportunity to apply for a bursary of up to $500 from NSCC International (made possible through external funding) to participate in the program. Application details will be sent to those selected to participate in the program.


Students who withdraw from this program after they have confirmed their participation will forfeit their deposit.

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