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Global Service Learning with Amizade: A Non-Traditional Study Abroad Experience in Rural Tanzania

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Global Service Learning with Amizade: A Non-Traditional Study Abroad Experience in Rural Tanzania

  1. 1. Global-Service Learning: A Non-Traditional Study Abroad Experience in Rural Tanzania <br />- Mark Twain <br />Anthony Scaletta<br />“Travel is fatal to Prejudice, Bigotry, & Narrow-Mindedness.”<br />
  2. 2. Where in the World is Karagwe?<br />
  3. 3. Who Lives in Karagwe?<br /><ul><li> Population: ~ 450,000
  4. 4. 96 % Peasant Farmers
  5. 5. Subsistence Agriculture
  6. 6. Bananas, Potatoes, Cassava, Corn,&</li></ul>Millet<br /><ul><li> Robusta Coffee is main cash crop
  7. 7. Per Capita Income: Less than $100/ year
  8. 8. “Karibu Sana” Philosophy</li></li></ul><li>Why Karagwe?<br /><ul><li>Extreme Poverty
  9. 9. Disease
  10. 10. Malaria
  11. 11. HIV/AIDS
  12. 12. Women’s Rights Issues</li></ul>Water Issues<br />- 66 % Without Direct Access to Safe Water<br />- Walk distances btw. 1 – 10 miles/day<br />- Waterborne Diseases<br />
  13. 13. What is Service Learning? <br /><ul><li>Picking up trash on the shore of a river is Service
  14. 14. Studying water samples of that river is Learning
  15. 15. When student researchers analyze the information & formulate ways to help a community, they are performing Service Learning</li></ul>"The more you go outside of yourself and serve others, the more you appreciate your existence." <br /> - Joseph Sekiku<br />
  16. 16. Global-Service Learning<br />1. Academic integration<br />A Teaching and Learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and time for reflection <br />2. Community partnership<br />Learning experience is enriched through service with the local community <br />3. Intercultural immersion and exploration<br />Service-Learning occurs in an cross-cultural environment <br />4. Exploration of ‘global citizenship’<br />Moving from “Me to We”<br /> Personal values & ethics  Service in a cross-cultural context  Global citizenship  Communicate and activate<br />5. Structured reflection<br />Journaling and class discussion <br /><ul><li>Hands-On Approach = Apply academic concepts to the complex issues of the real world
  17. 17. Living Classroom = Community Member Lectures</li></li></ul><li>Why Global?<br /> "I personally believe that cross cultural programs are very important in that, they contribute enormously towards making the world a better place to live in. When two or more cultures (or peoples) meet or interact, they share their life experiences. So these offer a learning opportunity for those involved to realize their identities while at the same time, appreciating the other. And this opens the door for the recognition of man as a human being among human beings."<br />- Joseph Sekiku, Director of FADECO<br />“If you can build relationships cross-culturally, the sky is the limit.”<br /> - Mr. Marvin Worthy<br />
  18. 18. Amizade<br />Mission <br />Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning<br />Community-Driven Service<br /><ul><li> 15-year record of connecting volunteers w/ communities around the world
  19. 19. Cooperation with communities through long-standing partnerships
  20. 20. Need Drives Service
  21. 21. Service is defined & directed by local individuals and organizations
  22. 22. Project Implementation is collaborative
  23. 23. Sustainable Solutions </li></ul>Global-Service Learning For Academic Credit<br /><ul><li> Rigorous experiential learning courses designed to enhance the possibilities of traditional academic courses
  24. 24. Intended to enhance the students’ personal development and civic awareness </li></ul>www.amizade.org<br />
  25. 25. Amizade<br />The Integrated Summer Program Model:<br />Themes:<br /><ul><li> Community-driven service
  26. 26. Intercultural immersion and exchange
  27. 27. Deliberate learning
  28. 28. Structured reflection
  29. 29. Global citizenship</li></ul>Core Components:<br /><ul><li> Course participation</li></ul>Readings, class dialogues<br /><ul><li> Experiential learning</li></ul> Service, intercultural immersion, group dynamics<br /><ul><li> Assignments</li></ul> Journal writing, group journal, final paper, capstone project<br />
  30. 30. Amizade’s Community Partner Organizations <br />Family Alliance for Development & Cooperation (FADECO) <br /><ul><li>Joseph Sekiku, Founder & Director
  31. 31. Grassroots Sustainable Development: Small projects w/ Big Impacts
  32. 32. Working to alleviate poverty and improve standards of living in the Karagwe District for all people
  33. 33. Radio FADECO: Empowerment through Information & Education</li></ul> Main Objective: Support the implementation of the national poverty eradication strategies<br /> DEVELOPMENT MOUTH PIECE<br /> To be used by the development community in Karagwe to effect sustainable rural socio-economic development <br />Access to information is one of the limiting factors in implementing development programs<br />Reaches ~ 4 Million People <br />
  34. 34. Amizade’s Community Partner Organizations <br />Family Alliance for Development & Cooperation (FADECO) <br /><ul><li> Promotes the use of renewable energy technologies</li></ul>Wind & Solar<br />Solar Fruit Drying<br />The Eden Centre for Appropriate Technologies<br />Objective: Develop, demonstrate and transfer new appropriate technologies and skills in rural Tanzania<br /><ul><li> Practical Education</li></ul>"Give a Man a Fish, Feed Him For a Day. Teach a Man to Fish, Feed Him For a Lifetime.”(Lao Tzu)<br />
  35. 35. Amizade’s Community Partner Organizations <br />WOMEN EMANCIPATION & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (WOMEDA)<br /><ul><li>Human Rights and Sustainable Development based Grassroots NGO working toward establishing Equality
  36. 36. Promotes the status of marginalized groups by creating & strengthening Equal Opportunities
  37. 37. Provider of: </li></ul> Socioeconomic and Legal Counseling to Women<br /> Community Education<br /> Child Protection<br /> - Bedding, School Supplies & Uniforms <br />20 Miles = The Average Distance Walked to Obtain Services<br />
  38. 38. Working in the Community<br />“2 Ears--1 Mouth” Approach: Locally Driven Service <br /> Trust & Understanding fostered over time <br />WOMEDA Research: CBPR Interviews<br /> “What is the baseline situation regarding Women’s Rights in the Karagwe District?” <br /> Qualitative Research Methods to develop ‘In-Vivo’ Theory & find the Local Woman’s Voice in Rural Tanzania <br />WOMEDA Rain Water Harvesting Systems Project<br />Goal: Extending Lives through ensuring availability of one of mankind’s most basic resources <br /> Identify families affected by HIV/AIDS to lessen burden<br /> 5 Families received Water Tanks<br />
  39. 39. ~ 1 in 6 People on the planet lack access to Safe Water<br />Water Collection– Women and Children <br />+ 3.5 Million People die each year from water-related disease<br />98% of water-related deaths occur in the Developing World <br />84% of water-related deaths are Children under age 14 <br />Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease <br />Children in the Developing World often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any time<br />The Global Water Crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns<br />Data Source: Water.org<br />
  40. 40. Why Global-Service Learning?<br />The Challenge is Global not Local<br />“This generation’s over-arching challenge is sustainable development, the ability to live together peacefully, prosperously, and sustainably on a crowed planet of nearly 7 billion people. The challenge is global, not local. It is a shared task, not the efforts of individuals interested only in getting ahead of the pack and the rest be damned.” - Jeffery Sachs <br />Increasingly Globalized World<br />GSL provides you w/ the skills many employers are looking for:<br /> You can adapt & communicate across cultures <br /> You can make things happen in unfamiliar conditions <br />Resume Builder <br /> Less than 5% of US undergraduates study abroad <br /> 50% go to France, Germany, Spain, or the United Kingdom. <br /> Service-learning abroad is unique growth experience in places most US students never see <br />GSL embodies the Ubuntu Philosophy:<br /> “We affirm our humanity when we acknowledge<br /> that of others.”<br />
  41. 41. Global Citizenship: Beyond The Program Experience <br />Moving from “Me to We”<br />Every Human Life is Equally Valuable <br />A Global Citizen:<br />Is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen<br />Respects and values diversity<br />Participates in and contributes to the community at a range of levels from local to global<br />Is willing to act to make the world a more sustainable place<br />“ A responsibility comes w/ the acquisition of intercultural knowledge and insights- that this educational experience is not just transformative for the individual but should also benefit the larger society and other cultural groups in the increasingly interdependent world.” <br />(J. Martin/ T. Nakayama)<br />
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  43. 43. Anthony Scaletta ans126@pitt.edu<br />Find Me On<br />

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