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This virtual exchange program is an exploration of culture, community, identity politics, and social justice in the context of Zimbabwe. Students will study concepts such as individualism and collectivism, giving them the tools to comparatively discuss pertinent social issues on a more global scale.

Examine Culture, World View & Social Justice in Zimbabwe

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Program Content 

This virtual exchange program is an exploration of culture, community, identity politics, and social justice in the context of Zimbabwe. Students will examine the country’s colonial history and investigate the impact(s) it has had on the evolution of Zimbabwean society. They will be acquainted with Zimbabwe’s leading social issues, as well as the social justice movements formed in response. Students will study concepts such as individualism and collectivism, giving them the tools to comparatively discuss pertinent social issues on a more global scale. In addition, students will get to know the country, its people, and their culture(s) through a number of culturally immersive activities, and engagements with local community members.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a broad understanding of the historical context within which Zimbabwean culture has evolved
  2. Understand colonial legacy and its impact on local society today
  3. Articulate knowledge of Zimbabwean culture and how it is similar to many cultures in Africa and around the world
  4. Contrast the outlook and worldview of those living in highly collectivistic societies with those from highly individualistic ones with particular focus on politics, justice, development, and gender equality
  5. Examine social justice issues in a post-colonial context
  6. Propose appropriate remedies or interventions aimed at addressing identified social justice issues
  7. Demonstrate intercultural communication skills, attitudes and values in daily interactions

This program is guided by EDU Africa’s five transformative learning goals: Intercultural Competence, Global Citizenship, Personal Growth, Intellectual Growth, and Professional Development. As such, students will be encouraged towards holistic growth in line with these goal areas throughout the program.

Virtual Inclusions

Through both synchronous and asynchronous methods, students will explore, experience, and engage with the following:

  • Interactive workshop – How our history has shaped Zimbabwe’s cultural scene
  • Virtual marketplace challenge
  • Interactive session with Dr Gertjan on the concept of Ubuntu Lecture
  • Interactive Q&A: The effect of collectivism on agricultural development
  • Facilitated discussion: Individualism and Collectivism in a globalized society
  • Interactive Q&A: What does social justice look like in your country?
  • Panel discussion: Cultural gender expectations and gender equality
  • Panel discussion: SDG goal of gender equality. What does gender equality look like for everyone?
  • Student presentations: Identify one social justice issue in Zimbabwe and propose a remedy given the context on history and culture
  • Virtual site visits to Hatcliffe Community, Chiweshe Rural Community, Foundations for Farming

Facilitation

Our team works collaboratively with faculty to curate and deliver quality programs. Your dedicated Program Designer will assist with program development and arrangements, supporting and advising you along the way. Your assigned Program Facilitator will be able to assist with session facilitation, lead reflections, and support participants on their learning journey. Finally, our Technical Support Team is available to set up and ensure the smooth running of virtual sessions.

Let's Collaborate

We thrive on innovation and collaboration with our team members, local partners, and global clients. All our Virtual Exchange programs can be customized according to specific learning outcomes, the preferred time commitment, and accessible platforms. We believe every virtual journey with us to Africa gives students the opportunity to learn and transform. Request a proposal to start the collaborative journey.


Featured Experiences

Boma Restaurant

Meaning “the place of eating,” Boma appeals to the senses with a variety of local dishes including game meat such as kudu, warthog, and ostrich. Guests are welcome to take part in traditional drumming and dancing. They even have the opportunity to eat a local delicacy – mopane worms!

Craft Workshop

Enjoy a cultural evening with Zimbabwean musicians, after which the local craftsmen will be available to teach you how to craft beautiful pieces of jewelry and sculptures. This cultural immersion experience will not only teach you new skills but give you insight into the cultures and traditions of the people of Zimbabwe.

High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel

Visit the famous Victoria Falls Hotel, renowned for its colonial-era architecture. This five-star hotel is only a ten-minute walk from the falls and was built in 1904 as a key part of the “Cape to Cairo” railroad dream. Today, enjoying a high tea on the terrace gives you insight into what life was like over a hundred years ago as you gaze at the Victoria Falls Bridge with mist rising from the thundering waterfall.

Tiger Fishing

These ferocious, predatory fish lurk throughout much of the Zambezi, catching prey with their enormous jaws and needle-like teeth. Add a tiger fish to your repertoire during your sports fishing adventure on the Zambezi.

Flight of Angels

Hover through the pounding mist of Victoria Falls as you explore the stunning landscape from the air. A specially designed helicopter, providing panoramic visibility to every passenger, takes you high into the sky to be truly encompassed by the mesmerizing grandeur of the falls.

Victoria Falls

Known as the “smoke that thunders,” Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The waterfall system is the largest on Earth, about 1.7 kilometers wide and 108 meters high. Enjoy being awestruck by the sheer magnificence of the falls.


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