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IT Solutions in Rural Tanzania – Student Application

Student Application Deadline: November 16, 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!

The 2019 Mikumi IT Improvement project is an employee and student international learning program with the purpose being to implement IT solutions to improve conditions on the Mikumi Vocational Training Centre (VTC) campus in Tanzania. The 2019 program will focus on improvement of the Local Area Network with an emphasis on reliability and maintainability. The program will provide an opportunity for second year students from the School of IT and Creative Industries 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 2019. NSCC students and employees will collaborate with 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:

  • 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 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.

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 16, 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 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 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


  • 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

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):

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 external funding) to participate in the program. 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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