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Tanzania Study and Leadership Program
The Tanzania Leadership Program provides a once in a lifetime experience to partake in teaching, service learning, volunteerism, and educational programs in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Participants will travel to Tanzania and have the opportunity to explore and enhance their teaching and leadership through combining meaningful service learning and educational activities. Participants will spend the vast majority of their time teaching at local schools, building classrooms, and helping in concrete ways to improve the local community, while having the opportunity to interact intensively with the local people. Moreover, hands on learning about development, world issues, leadership, environmental conservation and biodiversity through interactive seminars will engage individuals to consider the importance and challenges of much needed development, while ensuring the protection of the world's most wondrous flora and fauna.
The motivation for this proposal was derived from the personal and professional experiences of its authors in conjunction with the vision prescribed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). The authors believe that Learning, Leadership, and Service within the context of Safe Adventure is a very powerful educational paradigm.
A unique and distinguishing component of this program is the concept of “service learning”. Service learning can be identified as experiential education when the learner adopts a life role that provides meaningful service to a community in order to learn about oneself and others. The pedagogical value of the service increases when the following are added to the learning: an academic component designed to prepare the learner in terms of content and competencies relevant to the service; an opportunity to reflect upon and think critically about the experience; an element of adventure and challenge; an international and cross-cultural context; and an alignment of individual, placement, and system goals.
The delivery of this program is in conjunction with We Charity. Co-founded by Marc and Craig Kielburger, We (Free the Children) has earned worldwide recognition for its dedication in eradicating child labour throughout the world. One of its programs, entitled Me to We, is devoted to youth leadership and has established program sites around the world.
Approximately 20 teacher candidates and university or college students will be selected for admission to this program. This number has been governed by the practical exigencies of traveling to these areas of the world. Students will be selected according to the following criteria:
1. Trustworthiness and reliability
2. Respectfulness of other people and cultures
3. Adaptability to new experiences
4. Parental support
Interested participants will be invited to submit an application and two letters of reference. All participants will also be expected to complete an Informed Consent Form for International Excursions.
Code of Conduct
Each student will be expected to pledge commitment to a Code of Conduct, which will be designed to ensure that respect for each participant, his/her property, and well-being is safeguarded. This code will preclude harassment and abusiveness and will prohibit the use of alcohol and drugs. Above all, the rights and responsibilities of all participants will be clearly defined so that the objectives of this program may be achieved within a healthy and safe environment.
In addition to one of the authors of this proposal, there will be at least one We facilitator and one Masai guide who will be taking part in the program. They see the experience as opportunities for their own personal and professional development. Their involvement in the instruction and experiential component of the program will be closely supervised by the authors.
Each applicant will be invited to a private interview with the Directors to assess his/her suitability for the program. This will also give the applicant the opportunity to determine if the program serves his/her needs and interests. Each applicant will be asked to bring their letters of reference to this meeting. Interviews will take place in the fall. All deposits will be refunded in the event that the applicant is refused.
The program is designed as a service learning model. Each participant will have an opportunity to link with a host teacher from Tanzania and teach in a local school. This usually occurs in the morning. In the afternoon, participants will help build a new school (classroom). In the evenings, participants will also engage in workshops about the culture and issues of the local area. A safari, nature hikes, an Olympic day, a day at the market and other opportunities to build relationships with the Tanzanian people will be included in this program.
Participants will meet a number of times prior to leaving for Tanzania in order to prepare for this opportunity of a lifetime.
Daily journal writing will be an essential component of this time. A composite journal with representation from each participant will be compiled, edited, and published upon completion of the course.
Service and Leadership Opportunities
- Community development: Lend your hands to build a school and volunteer at our schools.
- Cultural education: Attend workshops, walk through Maasai and Kipsigis villages, and learn Swahili.
- Leadership training: Experience intensive and interactive training in our grass-thatched classroom.
- Environmental education: Learn about environmental challenges on a fieldtrip to coastal region.
- Safari adventures: Get up close and personal (through the lens of your camera) with Africa’s wildlife while on a safari in the Masai Mara.
Tentative travel dates: April 13-29, 2017.
This itinerary is intended to highlight the types of activities we will be doing and some of the locations we will be visiting. You will receive an itinerary specific to your trip before you depart.
||Depart from Toronto
||Arrive in Kilimanjaro, transfer to Arusha
||Explore cultural heritage of Tanzania, travel to gated camp in the Longido region, Orientation, Swahili lesson
||Welcome to the school, meet students and mentor teacher
||Good Friday games, activities with students
||Easter Sunday, mass, cultural activities, water walk
||Mass, hike, weapons training
||Olympics, fly out of Kilimanjaro
||Arrive in Toronto
Local transportation will be organized and provided by the We lorry/bus. International air travel will be provided by a reputable national carrier. In recent years this has been British Airways.
In Tanzania the accommodations will be provided through the We organization. Appropriate separation between genders will always be ensured in these residences.
NOTE: Living standards and practices with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodations at the destination may differ from those found in Canada.
Trip cost: $4395.00, includes all taxes, fees, surcharges, with the exception of those listed below under Exclusions.
economy return airfare from Toronto to Tanzania (Mt. Kilimanjaro airport)
all ground transportation, all meals and accommodations
all donations and gratuities, any activity fees, all service charges and taxes
all building materials
preparatory learning program
cost of passport and visa for Tanzania
any medical costs and inoculations
out-of-country health insurance and cancellation insurance (assistance available upon request)
Payment will be made by regular installments according to the following schedule:
$ 495 Deposit accompanying application
$1,400 December 6 , 2016
$1,400 February 7 , 2017
$1,100 March 10, 2017
Note: Participants are asked to submit a series of postdated cheques according to this schedule. Cheques should be made payable to Adventure Learning Experiences Inc.
a) personal cheques
b) e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
c) credit card (Visa, Mastercard), 2% surcharge on all post-deposit credit card payments
There are two fundraising activities designed to help students offset their trip expenses.
Sponsor Booklet: This is intended to provide an overview of the program and will feature the participants. Students are invited to see advertising space for the booklet and these funds will be directly applied to their trip fee, except for a nominal fee for the printing of the booklets. Please be aware that advertisements that are purchased by companies in support of a student will not be eligible for a refund in the event that the particular participant withdraws from the program.
Raffle: Participants will be invited to proportionally share in the proceeds of a raffle that will be held in June. This optional activity is available to all participants who donate a raffle prize worth $75.
Participants are expected to take responsibiltiy in planning to meet the financial commitment involved in this program. To assist in this, the participants will be expected to submit a plan to achieve this goal.
For withdrawal before December 18, 2016, a full refund will be provided.
For withdrawal between December 18, 2016 and February 7, 2017, a full refund minus 50% of the deposit will be provided.
All payments are non-refundable for cancellations after February 7, 2017, except through cancellation insurance (if purchased).
Passport: For Canadian citizens, it must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure.
Tanzania Visa: This will be obtained upon arrival in Tanzania at a cost of $50 US.
All participants are advised to consult with a reputable insurance company about out-of-province health insurance and cancellation insurance. The travel agency (Airliners) that is providing the air tickets offers such insurances. Its contact information is as follows:
1220 Ellesmere Road
Toronto, ON M1P 2X5
Attention: Zenab Warah
NOTE: It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter.
Health and Safety
NOTE: It is most strongly recommended that each participant seek proper medical advice for all potential health concerns at at travel health clinic prior to departure.
Careful attention to sound health and safety practices will be an important part in the preparation of the program. This will involve mandatory immunizations, learning healthy eating and drinking habits, and understanding effective illness prevention practices. An attempt will be made to have a registered nurse accompany each group. For maximum benefit it is recommended that participants, in general, be in good health and achieve a sufficient level of fitness prior to the trip. Physical and dental check-ups are highly recommended prior to the departure date.
a) The following are ordinarily administered through one’s family doctor in the course of normal Ontario health care. All participants are asked to ensure their protection with inoculations against the following diseases:
Tetanus – Diphtheria
b) Protection against malaria is by tablet and is taken on a regular basis prior, during, and following the trip. The exact regimen will be prescribed by a travel clinic.
All participants will be expected to bring a mosquito net and protective skin lotions.
c) Inoculations against the following may be required:
TB skin test
The cost of these inoculations are not covered by OHIP but may be included in private health plans. Each participant will be expected to visit a travel health clinic for professional medical information and inoculations and prescriptions.
As indicated above, careful preparation prior to departure about safe eating and drinking habits and illness prevention practices will be undertaken. Participants will be expected to purchase “The Travel Doctor” by Dr. Mark Wise (Firefly Books, 2002) as part of this preparation. A close working relationship has been developed by the authors with Dr. Mark Wise. Dr. Wise is a family physician in North York, whose medical practice includes a travel clinic. He is considered a leading authority in tropical and parasitic diseases. Dr. Wise will conduct a 90 minute training workshop about preventative health practices for our students prior to departure and will make recommendations about appropriate inoculations.
It is expected that our groups will greatly benefit from the local contacts which the authors have established in Tanzania with We in the event that medical care is required. Each participant will be expected to purchase out-of-country health insurance. In addition, each participant will be expected to purchase evacuation insurance, called Flying Doctor insurance, upon arrival in Tanzania at a cost of $50 US. This will guarantee emergency airline service from an airstrip near the Leadership centre to a leading medical clinic in Tanzania. In addition, Dr. Lato and Mr. Rogers are both members of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT).
It is advised that each participant complete the Consent to Medical Treatment Form in the event that urgent and emergency care is required.