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Happiness Now Project - Tanzania

Application Deadline: Oct. 30, 2023
Dates: May 11 - 26, 2024
Location: Tanzania
Physical activity requirement: Level 2


The  2024 Happiness Project will take place for two weeks in May 2024 in Arusha, Tanzania at the VETA Hotel & Tourism Training Institute (VHTTI). NSCC students and employees will work with counterparts from VHTTI to learn about entrepreneurship models in the region. A special focus will be on women entrepreneurs and the team will work on developing strategies to empower these women to have economic stability. The students will also work in groups on a “mini-venture” project, designing small businesses to be implemented on campus to raise funds to support some of the local entrepreneurs. Students will learn about social entrepreneurship and the importance it brings to communities.

Students will stay on campus in the training hotel and will have access to all hotel-like amenities. 

For more information watch the Happiness Project short documentary.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge, skills and attitudes from tasks and projects in an international setting;
  • Outline the benefits of cross-cultural collaboration for work-related projects and tasks;
  • Build evidence of experiences and new learning (both personal and industry related) for portfolio development and the education of others;
  • Assess safety and risk pertaining to international travel to make informed decisions about traveling abroad;
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and Tanzania


Subject to change

October 2023 - Applications launched

October 30, 2023 - Employee application deadline

January 5, 2024 - Student application deadline

January 26, 2024 - Student selection deadline

February 2024 - Online pre-departure course begins

April 19, 2024 - Pre-departure conference

May 11-26, 2024 - Happiness Now Project in Tanzania

June 2024 - Evaluation and debrief

Fall 2024 - Celebration of learning

Employee Role

Employees will provide mentoring and support to the students during the pre-departure phase of the program which will include frequent project meetings, some training modules and other duties required by NSCC International, and will accompany the students during the on-site phase. Employee leads will have the option of being mentored by those who have led similar projects in the past. Employees will be required to submit a report/feedback on the program upon return to Nova Scotia.

Selection Criteria

  • Must be an employee from any NSCC program with a passion and knowledge of entrepreneurship;
  • International experience considered an asset;
  • Must have a valid passport or the ability to get one;
  • Commitment to applying learning that is gained in future work with NSCC.


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