During their expedition to Tanzania, students from NAIS Pudong worked to improve conditions at a local school; helping to construct accommodation for teachers, and building desks and chairs for students.
Students came face-to-face with the needs of this community, gaining insight into their needs and the impact of globalisation and technology on their lives.
“People will often associate Tanzania with no more than trees and dirt, perhaps an elephant here or there and tribal people spread sparsely amongst the environment. One thing that I have noticed on this trip is the effect of globalization and how it has reached the most remote corners of the world, even in a small village in Tanzania. I say this because of the numerous coca cola sponsored stores and advertisement boards I have spotted over the seven days. This made me wonder: Is the expansion of multinationals into Africa a positive, in terms of increasing the level of development and rate of economic growth, or will it compromise local businesses selling tradition products, and therefore contribute in erasing the Masai culture that should be preserved instead. Perhaps what Tanzania needs is sustainable development, to find a balance between the two and not have to forfeit one benefit for the other." Anna P, Year 12