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.
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.
Students will collectively support the following outcomes:
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Large group collaboration (4+ students)|
|Who is eligible||Anyone|
|Support||Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.|
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.
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: