Emerging Tourism around Women's Empowerment and Social Innovation in Mara Tanzania

two women happily work at a sewing machine.

Seeking students to transform UB's study abroad itinerary into an invitation for other campuses and communities to visit, collaborate with, and invest in women's empowerment and social innovation in Mara, Tanzania.

Project description

Members of the UB and Buffalo, NY, communities have been visiting the Mara region of Tanzania since 2009, engaging with partners around women's empowerment and social innovation, along with the beauty and splendor of the Serengeti Game Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and other natural and cultural wonders that always impress.

Our visits bring friendship and cultural sharing, but also collaboration and important commerce, infusing our travel dollars into the local economy and supporting the handiwork of the various women's groups and non-profit organizations with which we engage. What if we were to share our itinerary and the beautiful photos, videos and memories we've collected over the past 10+ years in a way that would encourage other universities and communities to visit as well? We could highlight our partners and the work that they're doing on behalf of their communities, share contacts, and offer up our projects for others to further enhance and add to. When we shared this idea with the Musoma Mayor's office (Musoma is the main town within the Mara Region), we received an enthusiastic endorsement for the project and a pledge for collaboration and support.

Accordingly, through this project, I invite interested students to join me in building on our study abroad efforts to catalyze tourism and investment in the Mara Region of Tanzania with a focus on women's empowerment and social innovation.

Project outcome

Students will collectively support the following outcomes: 

  • Sorting through 10 years of photos, stories, videos and other artifacts related to the Buffalo Tanzania Education Project (former name) and the UB study abroad trip to develop the project materials 
  • Create a web page in collaboration with Mayor's office and partners 
  • Create and implement a marketing and communications strategy to support engagement 
  • Identify ways to add further capacity to the project as it evolves

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Large group collaboration (4+ students)
Benefits Volunteer
Who is eligible  Anyone
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.
Truman and Fulbright Scholarships

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Truman Scholarship and the Fulbright Scholarship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Core partners

  • Musoma Mayor's Office
  • Buhare Community Development Training Institute
  • Hope Revival Children's Foundation 
  • Musoma Action Girls' Group 
  • Mogabiri Farm Extension Center 
  • Children's Dignity Forum 

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the Mara Region through the following:

  • Gaining context on the region through researching available reports, analyses and social media material
  • Researching the partners to learn about their respective programs and missions 
  • Learning about UB's ongoing partnerships, collaboration and study abroad course through visiting Mara's blog site and reading associated posts and documents, as well as our study abroad syllabus and itinerary
  • Submitting a 2-page paper indicating who should be interested in this trip and why. In addition, explain what you hope they get from the experience and why you are interested in helping to develop this new project.