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Day 2 in Mikumi

sunny 28 °C

Greetings from Mikumi:

Today Ashley and I got to the training session around 8:00am and waited for a few minutes until the students finished the project they were working on. The training is taking place in the building that houses the electrical courses. Today Pasiens, one of the entrepreneurship faculty, started the session with a workshop on risk. He did a fantastic job and we all learned the difference between gambling and risk. I continued with my material on marketing and parts of the business plan. The participants asked lots of great questions and were fully engaged. They all have a basic understanding about entrepreneurship but have a thirst for more. One of them said he wants to start a business after listening to me. I must be doing a great selling job :). During the afternoon I completed the material for the next 2 sessions while Ashley caught up on some well deserved sleep. The food here is very good and consists of chicken, beef, rice, noodles and a few vegetables. The campus here is a buzz of activity as they are hosting a conference for 200 participants. This is keeping everyone busy including many of the tourism and culinary students. What a great learning opportunity. It is nice to be reacquainted with our friends who attended CCEDP in the summer as well as the principal and chair who visited the college this fall. I am sure the rest of the week will continue to be busy.

All the best.

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Day 1 in Mikumi

rain 23 °C

Jambo! (Hello!) from Mikumi, Tanzania.

Jim and I left at the Halifax airport on Friday, November 12th at 2pm and arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 9pm on Saturday, November 13th. Dar es Salaam is 7 hours ahead of Halifax, so our travel time was about 24 hours. The flights and connections were smooth and all of our bags arrived with us.

We left Dar es Salaam on Sunday morning after some much needed sleep and a driver took us to the VETA (Vocational Education Training Authority) Campus in Mikumi where will be will working with our partners here all week. On our way to Mikumi, we were very lucky to see our colleagues from the Marine Institute, Bill Chislett, Glenn Blackwood and Carey Bonnell, and our ACCC Advisor in Tanzania, Nigel Allen, in the village of Chalinze. Our colleagues were heading back from Mikumi after a short visit and we were happy to catch up with them over lunch.

One of the perks of working next to beautiful Mikumi National Park is seeing impala, zebras, giraffe, buffalo, elephants and baboons on either side of the highway on the way to the campus. The dry season is just ending in Mikumi and many animals are coming closer to the highway to graze of grasses and tree leaves. The 'short' rains started in Mikumi last night and the farmers here are very grateful.

Sunday night Jim and Mr. Pasiens Nyoni (entrepreneurship and motor vechicle mechanics instructor) dove right into planning the last details for this week's entrpreneurship training. The training is a part of our CIDA/ACCC funded Education for Employment project, Building Capacity in Tourism and Hospitality Management where we collaborate with VETA Mikumi and along with the Marine Institute and World Jet Travel & Tours of Dar es Salaam to develop and deliever the project objectives. The entrepreneurship training is an important piece of vocational and technical education in Tanzania as many graduates wish to be self-employed.

The focus of this week's training is on small business plans. The instructors of VETA Mikumi are the students and we had a very keen and engaged group this morning. The training is open to all instructors in the college - not just tourism instructors - and we had about 24 participants. The original plan was to have all instructors attend on the first day and then a representative from each subject would attend for the rest of the week. But, after today's session, most of the instructors have committed to attend the rest of the sessions this week.

We are really looking forward to the rest of the week! There will be more posts coming as the internet allows us...stay tuned!

Tutaonana Baadaye (See you later!)

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NSCC in Tanzania

Academic Chair Jim Bate and NSCC International Manager Ashley Pinsent at VETA Mikumi

This week Jim and Ashley and their colleagues at VETA Mikumi will share their experiences as they work on the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded NSCC project "Building Capacity in Tourism and Hospitality Management". Tourism students and faculty travelled to Tanzania in May to learn from VETA Mikumi faculty and students about the similarities and differences in tourism in Nova Scotia and Tanzania. Many people at NSCC had the opportunity to meet VETA Mikumi faculty members Ludivic Saronga, Kaini Mtambala, Linet Samwel and Peter Mwaiwambe while they were attending CCEDP courses in Truro in July - August 2010, and VETA Mikumi Principal Christopher Ayo and Training Coordinator Richard Magwadula when they visited NSCC in September.

NSCC has been active in Tanzania since 2008 when the annual Health and Human Services International Service Learning Program was launched in partnership with Kimara Peer Health Educators. Three teams of Applied Arts and New Media students and faculty have documented the work of NSCC students and facutly at Kimara and Mikumi and photos and videos can be found on the NSCC facebook page www.facebook.com/nsccinternational and website www.international.nscc.ca

This is Ashley's 13th visit to Tanzania, and while it is Jim's first visit, it is his third NSCC assignment to Africa. In 2009 he volunteered with the NSCC-Uniterra initiative Leave4Change to assist a Dairy Cooperative in drafting a business plan to secure a loan to purchase equipment to expand the business. Earlier this autumn he travelled to Mozambique with Kingstec Principal Isabelle Madiera-Voss to deliver entrepreneurship training to staff at Escola Secundaria Januario Pedro in Moçimboa da Praia as part of the CIDA funded NSCC project "Skills Development for Sustainable Fisheries".

Hopefully the internet connection will cooperate to allow both Ashley and Jim share their impressions from Tanzania this week.

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