Concordia College, Concordia Language Villages, and the Singita Grumeti Fund partner to offer and English immersion camps to youth living in rural Tanzania. In its third year, the program is the first of its kind in Tanzania. The purpose of the camps are to enhance English language skills for youth from villages bordering the Grumeti Reserve - 350,000 acres of land which forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem.
About the Participants
Youth attending Singita Grumeti English Language Villages (SGELV)
are typically between the ages of 11-13 and are in the fifth grade at a local government primary school. The students come from resource-poor families. Most parents have only completed primary school and 99% work as subsistence farmers.
Local Education Scenario
In Tanzania, primary school is taught in Swahili with 40 minutes a day dedicated to English. Secondary school is taught in English. For many students the transition from primary to secondary school, with the change from Swahili to English, is a difficult one resulting in high failure and school dropout rates. Singita Grumeti English Language Villages
has been designed to ease the transition from primary to secondary school for youth so that they can excel in their studies and go on to pursue rewarding careers.
About the Singita Grumeti Fund
The Singita Grumeti Fund is a nonprofit organization (www.singitagrumetifund.org
) working in conservation and community development along the western boundary of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
In conservation, the Fund is working to rejuvenate and preserve a crucial part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Initiatives range from the reintroduction of locally extinct animal species to managing wild fires and reducing the impact of alien plant species. The Fund also employees 120 game scouts from local communities bordering the concessions. Law enforcement capabilities are augmented by an innovative program that takes ex-poachers and transforms them into wildlife protectors.
The Singita Grumeti Fund has also made a conscious commitment to assist the reserve’s neighboring communities in areas where the needs are greatest and where the Fund is able to make the maximum sustainable impact. In Community Outreach, the Fund is working in two key areas that equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and resources to create sustainable livelihoods: education and small enterprise development. Singita Grumeti English Language Villages
forms part of the education program.
SGELV will hold camps in three sites in 2019; each team is staffed by 5 Concordia College volunteers and a dean. Each team will spend two weeks at one site; teams will then rotate to another site for their last two weeks of camp.
Singita Grumeti Fund’s Environmental Education Center (EEC).
The EEC is located within the reserve and is completely off-grid, operating on solar power and rainwater. Because the EEC is unfenced and within the Reserve, wildlife can be seen roaming throughout the area.
. These two sites are located within hotel complexes in each of these towns. There will be opportunities to explore local markets and restaurants.
Each site will run 4, 5 ½ day camps. Each camp hosts 30 children, so the volunteer to camper ratio is 1:6. Camps follow the Concordia Language Villages immersion model with adaptations to fit the local culture and needs of the campers. Daily activities include large and small language groups, sports, craft/art, singing, and dancing.
On off days, excursions in the neighboring communities and Grumeti Reserves will be arranged. There is also a likely chance that volunteers will have an opportunity to see one of the Natural Wonders of the World – the Serengeti wildebeest migration – which typically passes through in May or June.
The final cost will be $3500. This includes all meals, housing and transportation while in Tanzania.
The application includes any experiences working with children, supplemental questions, and two references. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled with Patty. Please click the Apply Now button to begin the online application. Please contact Patty directly for the supplemental application materials.
For Additional Information Please Contact
Dr. Patty Gulsvig, email@example.com, OM 213
Patty Gulsvig is a faculty member in the Department of Education. She served as the Dean of SGELV in 2017 and 2018. In addition, Patty has served as a Dean in Concordia’s Global Languages in China, supervised student teachers in Spain and England, and was a faculty leader for the Social Justice, Peace, and Development (SJPD) semester abroad in India. Patty accompanied the Rwanda: Service in the Heart of Africa program in May 2016. She has traveled to Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Taiwan, South Korea, and throughout Europe.