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Humber College students, Moshi Tanzania

From May 5 to 28, 2017, 10 students from the Addictions and Mental Health, Child and Youth Care, Community and Justice Services, Criminology, Police Foundations, and Social Service Worker programs travelled to Moshi, Tanzania for an international service-learning trip. The trip was led by Dr. Rai Reece and Philip Burge from the School of Social and Community Services.

A key aim of the trip was to engage students in a reflective cross-cultural learning experience that tackled issues of personal and situational social location, differential learning, and skills building.

Students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture and engage in work with social service programs in Tanzania. This endeavour was facilitated by an organization called Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS). CCS played an immense role in organizing this trip, and placed students in various agencies where they conducted their work placements. Students worked in primary schools, a women’s educational and economic organization, and a juvenile detention centre. 

In addition to daily work responsibilities, CCS also provided Humber students and faculty with housing, meals, and transportation. They also scheduled various cultural activities, such as three Kiswahili lessons, visits and educational talks about the Tanzania healthcare and justice system, and also primary and secondary school visits.

The students also enjoyed exploring the town of Moshi. They went on a Marangu cultural visit, participated in community work, visited a Chagga (ethnic group) historical cultural cave, as well as participated in a coffee making lesson and a traditional dance experience. Students were also allowed free time on the weekend to explore and find their own adventures.

Overall the trip was a great success. During daily group reflection activities, students were given the opportunity to share moments that enriched their learning. For example, students commented on the importance of opening their minds and hearts to new and challenging experiences.

We would like to extend special thanks to CCID, CCS, the SSCS Dean, Derek Stockley, and our School’s administrative support team. Our trip would not have been successful without all of your support!

We are also indebted to Community Colleges for International Development and their generous award to us of the Harris Wolford Global Service Fellowship that made this amazing trip possible!

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Dr. Reece and Humber students wearing traditional Kangas