Highlights from Immersion Trip to Tanzania
Workshops in villages for members of the Bukowa Women’s Empowerment Association; Girls Education: Starting a Business Workshop – Read more in Logos
Village women: No matter which village, all of the women are so inspiring with their desire to learn and participation in workshops, their hard work, their open-hearted generosity, and their joyous spirits.
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How is the immersion trip organized?
Volunteers prepare six months in advance and participate in a fourteen to sixteen day immersion trip that includes one-week workshops for teachers, health workers, caregivers, and students. To learn more, please see:
Background on Current Locations in Africa: Zambia & Tanzania
Note: Position your mouse over Tanzania and Zambia to see country statistics.
The GDP per capita (current international dollars) of Tanzania is US$1400 (CIA World Fact Book, 2009 est.). An estimated of 970,000 Tanzanian children are orphans (UNAIDS/MDG, 2008) as a result of one or both parents dying from AIDS. Infant mortality rate (0-1 year) is 69 deaths per 1000 live births (CIA World Fact Book, 2009, est.). Literacy rates among women, aged 15-24, is 76 percent (UNICEF 2007).
Zambia’s GDP per capita of US$ 1500 (CIA World Fact Book, 2009, est.) places it among the world’s poorest nations. According to the
latest estimate by the United Nations, fifty-six thousand Zambians died of AIDS (UNAIDS, 2008). Over 600,000 orphans (one or both parents) are currently living (UNICEF, 2007). In Zambia, literacy rates among women, aged 15-24, is 66% (UNICEF, 2007).
In Tanzania, only 0.7 per 100 population own personal computers. Zambia estimates one per 100 people, while in the United States 76.2 per 100 population own personal computers (ITU estimates /MDG). Data from the United Nations also reveal great disparities between
developing and developed countries, where in Tanzania 20.98 per 100 population are telephone lines and cellular subscribers. Zambia shows 22.91 per 100 subscribers, and in the United States, estimates rise to 117.5 per 100 population (ITU estimates /MDG, 2007).