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Project Tanzania Report 2007

Global Service Learning: Preventing HIV/AIDS

Nubra Floyd, Phd w/Mary Moran & Jimmy Ghifa Crutison

Purpose: This is to report to the global community on our travel to Tanzania during January 2007. The three week trip was part of an informal learning initiative that a small group of San Jose State faculty, staff and students began working together to develop in June of 2006. Not only those of us who traveled, but all those who have participated in creating this project envisioned developing a unique international learning experience for high potential students from families with low to moderate income.

Participants: The faculty member and two students who made the trip were able to engage in global citizenship, while also attempting  to apply classroom learning in real world settings. What’s more, we were encouraged to reflect on the culture of the United States in relationship to the cultures of other countries, as we began to develop a somewhat deeper understanding of HIV/AIDS and other major health crises within the context of the global economy.

Professor Nubra with Jimmy and Mary in Dar es Salaam

Travel Location: The United Republic of Tanzania is home to more than 150 East African ethnic groups as well as peoples from Asia, India and the Middle East. Dar es Salaam, which is in a major cultural center in the south, overlooks the Indian Ocean. University of Dar es Salaam and Hubert Kairuki Memorial University are both located there and provided us with potential resources for program development. Arusha in the north has about two hundred thousand people and is located by the foot of Mount Meru, which makes for a more temperate climate. While there we were accommodated at the homestead of Mamma Lydia Joachim and learned about her work with an organization called Women’s Development in Science and Technology Association (http://www.wodsta.org) that promotes the use of sustainable agroecology by women living in the rural areas.

Jimmy and Mary at Mamma Lydia’s Agroecology Homestead: Arusha

Goal: The travel was intended to provide a unique educational experience by empowering both faculty, and students to take an active role in their own learning. All of us aspired to become more critical thinkers, who are not only socially and culturally skilled at relating to others, but also able to make a positive spiritual and emotional contribution within the context of the global community.

Objectives: We specifically wanted to create an innovative and stimulating learning pathway that would:

  • Promote cross cultural understanding and provide practical knowledge of issues related to public health education in Africa heritage communities;

Woman and child at HKMU Hospital: Dar es Salaam

  • Foster participation in the worldwide spiritual community as well as in the global market place where culture and commerce combine to create new healing possibilities;

Muslim Mosque City Center: Dar es Salaam

  • Encourage mentorship and close working relationships among program participants within the context of an international living and learning experience.

Discussing Issues Over inner with Anglican Friends: Dar es Salaam

Program Costs: Total travel costs were initially budgeted at $2,500 per person and actual costs came to about $3,000 per person. Funding was provided by San Jose State College of Social Sciences and African American Studies Department. Additional funds were contributed by Wells Fargo Bank Foundation and the unanticipated trip costs were covered by donations from local community members who participated in a silent auction of curio items brought back from our travels.

Masai Street Vendors Mt Meru Curio Market: Arusha