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The Happiness Project in Tanzania – Student Application

Student Application Deadline: October 31, 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 second year of this exciting program opportunity!

Happiness Selema lives in Arusha, Tanzania. She is a full-time teacher and is trying to run a small baking business on the side. Happiness is just one of many women in Tanzania who have turned to entrepreneurship ventures to help support their families and communities. The Happiness Project: Entrepreneurship in Tanzania will provide an opportunity for students to travel to Tanzania in East Africa to participate in a program at partner institution Veta Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (VHTTI). Students will work with students from VHTTI helping develop a project focused on mentoring and aiding local female entrepreneurs through business plan, marketing, and leadership development as they prepare to start small businesses; in turn advancing the economic, social, and environmental health of the area.


The program will take place in May 2019

Program Qualifications:

This program is open to first and second-year NSCC students from the following schools:

  • School of Business
  • School of IT & Creative Industries
  • School of Trades & Technology
  • School of Health & Human Services
  • School of Access

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 Ngorogoro Conversation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and Tanzania while developing femaleentrepreneurial leaders passionate about advancing the economic, social, and environmental health in Tanzania.
  • To strengthen academic and portfolio profiles through enhanced research, analytical thinking, planning, communication, innovation, entrepreneurship, and applied learning.

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be a NSCC student with a valid passport (or the abilty to get one)
  • 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 October 31, 2018.  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 $500 deposit 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 2018 Student Application (Call for Submission)
November 2018 Student Selection
December 2018 Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2019 Research and planning phase initiated
January 2019 Online Pre-Departure Course begins
April 2019 Pre-Departure Conference
May 2019 International Learning Program in Tanzania
June 2019 Debrief and Evaluation

Pre-Departure:

  • Students accepted into this program must participate in the pre-departure online course and one-day pre-departure conference on April 12, 2019.
  • 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, Mikumi VTC and VHTTI 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

ITEM COST
Program Fee (airfare, accommodations, local transportation, cultural activities and most meals) $3,500
TOTAL (payable to Nova Scotia Community College) $3,500

Additional Individual Costs (may vary depending on individual):

ITEM COST
Passport and Passport Photo $100
Guard.me Health Travel Insurance (mandatory purchase through guard,me). Cost will vary depending on length of time abroad $100
Entry Visa ($50 USD)  $65
Immunizations and Prescriptions $200
Meals ($50/day x 5 days) $250
TOTAL $665

Participants are responsible for the costs of their passport & passport photos, immunizations and prescriptions, travel health insurance through guard.me, entry visa, meals (not included in the program fee) and any additional expenses not outlined in the Program Fee.

Student Bursary

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

Withdrawal:

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

APPLY NOW! Application Form (click to access application form)

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