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Tanzania Study and Leadership Program
August 2015

The Tanzania Leadership Program provides a once in a lifetime experience to partake in 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 leadership through combining meaningful service learning and educational activities.   Participants will spend the vast majority of their time volunteering at local schools, teaching, 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.

Service Learning
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 Free The Children and Me to We. Co-founded by Marc and Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has earned world-wide 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 students and 5 adults 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
            5.        Fitness

Interested students will be invited to submit an application and two letters of reference.  All participants will also be expected to complete a TCDSB Parent/Guardian 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. 

Adult Supervision
In addition to the authors of this proposal, there will be a minimum of four teachers from Ontario 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.  During the experiential part of the program, approximately 4 teachers will supervise the Tanzania program.

Each applicant and his/her parents will be invited to a private interview with the Directors to assess his/her suitability for the program. This will also give the applicant and parents the opportunity to determine if the program serves their needs and interests. Each applicant will be asked to bring their letters of reference to this meeting as well their most recent report card. Interviews will take place in the fall. All deposits will be refundable in the event that the applicant is refused.

Program Design
The authors propose that this learning program be offered as a two credit cooperative education model using the Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum document.  The course will be designated IDC3O and IDC4U and will derive learning expectations from a variety of courses.  

In-Class Component
These meetings will take place on the following dates: 

Sunday October 19, 2014 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.   4 hours
Sunday November 16, 2014 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.   4 hours
Sunday December 7, 2014 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.   4 hours
Sunday January 11, 2015 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.   4 hours
Sunday February 8, 2015 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.   4 hours
Sunday March 22, 2015 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.   4 hours
Sunday April 12, 2015 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.   4 hours
Sunday May 24, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 12 hours
Saturday May 30, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 12 hours
Sunday May 31, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   6 hours
Monday June 1, 2015 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.   4 hours
Friday July 24, 2015 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.   8 hours
Sunday September 20, 2015 9:00 - 2:00 p.m.   5 hours
Sunday September 27, 2015 9:00 - 3:00 p.m.   6 hours

There will be 7 additional meetings arranged during the experiential component (14 hours). 

There will be one formal examination that has been scheduled for the following class: 
Sunday September 20, 2015.

The assignments in this program are designed to provide background to the course themes and to stimulate relevant learning and personal reflection.  To this end required readings will be assigned and considerable options with respect to written assignments will be offered.  There will be two types of written assignments: 

1.    Discovery Paper:  This is primarily intended for learning new information
                                        about a topic.
2.    Reaction Paper:  This is primarily intended for reflecting about a course theme that was                                       previously reviewed in class, was part of one’s experiences on the                                       trip, or contained in a reading. 

Learning Resources 

Clawson, D.L. (2001).  World Regional Geography:  A Developmental Approach (7th Edition).  New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. 

Mountjoy, A.B. & Hilling, D. (1988).  Africa:  Geography and Development.  New Jersey: Barnes & Noble Books. 

Makgoba, M.W. (ed.), (1995).  African Renaissance.  Cape Town:  Tafelberg Publishers Ltd.

Goodall, J. (1988).  In The Shadow of Man.  London: Phoenix Giants. 

Wise, M. (2002). The Travel Doctor. Toronto: Firefly Books.

Lewis, Stephen (2005) Race Against Time.  House of Anansi Press.

Experiential Component
This excursion to Tanzania will serve as the Service Learning component of the program.  

There will be a variety of service learning opportunities distributed across a few locations.   The primary focus will be to build a school.  Formal classes will be conducted whereby teachers and students will be given opportunities to discuss their reactions to the learning experiences and which will offer support for their adjustment to the new environments.  Upon returning to Canada, the students will meet to reflect and process their experiences, and will be given an opportunity to formally present their learning to family and friends.  

Topics for discussion during classes in Africa will be governed by the nature of the activities in which the students will be engaged.  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

  1. Community development: Lend your hands to build a school and volunteer at our schools.
  2. Cultural education: Attend workshops, walk through Maasai and Kipsigis villages, and learn Swahili.
  3. Leadership training: Experience intensive and interactive training in our grass-thatched classroom.
  4. Environmental education: Learn about environmental challenges on a fieldtrip to coastal region.
  5. 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:  August 1, 2015 to August 20, 2015

Sample Itinerary:       

Day 1 Depart Toronto
Day 2 Arrive Kilimanjaro, transfer to Arusha
Day 3 Explore cultural heritage of Tanzania, travel to gated camp in the Longido region
Day 4 Orientation, Swahili Lesson
Days 5-8 Volunteering, cultural programs, educational seminars
Day 9 lorry bus safari
Days 10-11 Teaching, building
Days 12-14 Volunteering, seminars, building
Days 15-18 Volunteering, local community
Day 19 Travel to Kilimanjaro for overnight flight home
Day 20 Arrive Toronto


Travel Arrangements

Local transportation will be organized and provided by the Me To 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 Free The Children/Me To We organization.  The adult supervisors will always reside in close proximity to the student residences.  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: $5395.00, 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)
private expenses

Payment will be made by regular installments according to the following schedule:

            $   595             Deposit accompanying application
            $2,000             February 8 , 2015
            $2,000             April 15 , 2015
            $   800             June 12, 2015

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.


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 sell advertising 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 being supported withdraws from the program.

Raffle: Students 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.


Financial Plan

Students are expected to take responsibility 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.


Refund Policy

For withdrawal before February 8, 2015, a full refund minus 50% of the deposit will be provided.

For withdrawal between February 8 and April 15, 2015, a full refund minus the deposit will be provided.

All payments are non-refundable for cancellations after April 15, 2015, 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 Nairobi.

All participants are advised to consult with a reputable insurance company about out-of-province health insurance and cancellation insurance. Such insurance may be purchased by RBC Insurance through Me to We. Its contact information is as follows:

Me to We Toronto
225 Carlton Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5A 2L2
Attention: Sarah Guinta
t: 416-964-8942 x737
m: 416-436-8379

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: 

                        Meningococcal meningitis
                        Hepatitis A
                        Hepatitis B
                        Yellow Fever
                        TB skin test

The cost of these inoculations are not covered by OHIP but may be included in private health plans. 



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.

Our groups will greatly benefit from the local contacts which the authors have established in Tanzania with Me to We in the event that medical care is required. Each participant will be expected to purchase out-of-country health insurance.

It is advised that each participant complete the Consent to Medical Treatment Form in the event that urgent and emergency care is required.





  • A 2 credit High School Course
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  • Develop Your Leadership Skills Through Service

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