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Farm Radio International Tanzania Project – Student Application

Student Application Deadline: November 22, 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 first year of this exciting program opportunity!

Farm Radio International is a non-profit organization with the mandate to work uniquely with radio broadcasters to improve food security and agricultural methods for small-scale farmers in African countries using communication for development methods. This project is working with Farm Radio Tanzania and will give students the opportunity to travel to Arusha Tanzania to work with the field office developing audio/visual resources to share with local broadcasters. These resources could include instructional videos on best practices in broadcasting or audio guides on how to best reach their target audience (small-scale farmers).

While working with Farm Radio Tanzania the students and faculty will stay at NSCC partner institution VETA Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (VHTTI) which is located nearby.

The program will take place in May 2020

Program Qualifications:

This program is open to students enrolled in the following programs:

  • Radio & Television Journalism
  • Screen Arts

About Farm Radio International

Farm Radio International targets its work towards small-scale farmers and rural communities in Africa. They use radio, a tool that is easily accessed in sub-Saharan Africa, to communicate information on low-cost and sustainable farming practices. This allows farmers, often among the most vulnerable to hunger, malnutrition and poverty, but who also produce and provide the majority of food on the continent, to gain valuable information through radio programs, which can improve their knowledge and help grow and improve their farming practices. Farm Radio International states that across Africa, 2% of farmers have landline access, 3% have internet access, and 18% have mobile phones. In contrast, 76% of farmers have radio set access, making radio an effective way to share farming practices. However, the access to mobile phones has been increasing quite rapidly, making mobile phones another effective way for Farm Radio International to share farming practices.

Farm Radio International works with hundreds of broadcasting partners, where they have surpassed 700 radio station partnerships in 40 sub-Saharan African countries. These partnerships have allowed Farm Radio International to create radio resources, mobile innovations, and projects, which have reached millions of small-scale farmers, providing them with information that may have been inaccessible otherwise.

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 in the context of the broadcasting industry and community outreach.
  • 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 November 22, 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 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 2019Student Application (Call for Submission)
November 2019Student Selection
December 2019Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2020Research and planning phase initiated
January 2020Online Pre-Departure Course begins
April 2020Pre-Departure Conference
May 2020International Learning Program in Tanzania
June 2020Debrief and Evaluation


  • Students accepted into this program must participate in the pre-departure online course and one-day pre-departure conference on April 17, 2020.
  • 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

ITEMCOST (estimated)
Airfare, Travel & Health Insurance, Accommodations, Meals while in Mikumi, Local Transportation$3,500 
TOTAL (payable to Nova Scotia Community College)  $3,500.00 CAD

Additional Individual Costs (may vary depending on individual):

Passport and Passport photo$100
Immunizations and prescriptions$200
Travel Medical Insurance (purchased through guard.me/nscc)$100
Meals ($50/day x 5 days) and Incidentals ($10/day x 18 days)$430

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.


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)

For More Information:


Have Questions? Contact NSCC International: kellie.mcmullin@nscc.ca

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