COMING IN 2017: WTA to Host Virginia Students in Tanzania

20160719_155604 20160719_155830 20160728_152114Published 11/1/2016.  The WTA is now collaborating with educators from the State of Virginia to host a group of high school students near Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania during the Summer of 2017.  This character education and work-based learning  program will engage high school youth from Virginia and Tanzania in refurbishing surplus technology and placing it into need schools and families in Tanzania.  Virginia youth will even have a chance to attend classes in a Tanzanian high school.

Though many tourists go to this area of Tanzania every year — indeed it is the heart of tourism is Africa with Mt. Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and other National Parks nearby — youth will be living and working in a rural indigenous community amongst the Meru Tribe.  This peaceful and loving tribe will provide youth with a vanishing glimpse of the precious cultures of Africa, including opportunities that technology can afford them.

Besides providing an amazing cultural and work-based learning experience, the program may have two additional elements:

  1. A unique technology, teambuilding and character building expedition, the type that the WTA was founded upon twenty years ago (see “History” page).  In partnership with the National Park Service of Tanzania, youth may tackle the development of a multimedia project for the National Park Service of Tanzania, all while on an expedition to the summit of 15,000 foot mount Meru — directly across the valley from 19,000 foot Mount Kilimanjaro.
  2. The program may even include a 2-day venture into an indigenous Maasai community in nearby Kenya, and the opportunity for youth to create in international fair trade program selling Maasai jewelry — all powered by technology and the internet.  For more information, see the International Economic Partnerships under the “Products” page of this website.

The program even includes a bit of sightseeing, including a visit to Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, widely hailed as the #1 safari destination in the world. Stay tuned as more posts will be coming soon on this exicting program.  For more information or to express interest, make a comment to this blog post or email laugust@wildtech.org

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