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IT Solutions in Tanzania – Student Application

Student Application Deadline: November 15, 2019

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!

The 2020  IT Solutions project is an employee and student international learning program with the purpose being to implement IT solutions to improve conditions on the VETA Hotel and Tourism Training Institute   (VHTTI) and Mikumi Vocational Training Centre (VTC) campuses in Tanzania. The project will involve a needs assessment on both campuses followed by an opportunity for students to analyze, design, implement and document solutions to improve access to the Internet and network resources.  The travel to Tanzania will take place over a two and a half week period in May 2020. NSCC students and employees will collaborate with related program counterparts at VHTTI and Mikumi VTC to implement the project.

Program Qualifications:

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

  • Information Technology – Systems Management/Networking
  • Information Technology – Web Programming
  • Information Technology – Database Administration

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

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 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) 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 Ngorogoro Conversation 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 to implement IT network/infrastructure solutions and address technologies concerns specific to 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 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 November 15, 2019.  Following interviews with shortlisted candidates, students will be notified in the second 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 as their first payment in January. 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 2019 Student Application (Call for Submission)
November 2019 Student Selection
December 2019 Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2020 Research and planning phase initiated
January 2020 Online Pre-Departure Course begins
April 2020 Pre-Departure Conference
May 2020 International Learning Program in Tanzania
June 2020 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 17, 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
Entry Visa $100
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 Travel Health Insurance (mandatory purchase through guard.me) (fee is estimated) $100
Entry Visa ($50 USD) $65
Immunizations and Prescriptions $200
Meals ($50/day x 5 days) $250
TOTAL $715

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 program fee) and any additional expenses not outlined in the Program Fee.

Student Bursary

Students will have the opportunity receive a bursary of up to $500 from NSCC International (made possible through the NSCC Foundation and NSCC International’s externally funded projects) 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.

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