Entrepreneurship and Development Tour

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TRUSTED AND RECOGNISED

Our team has been the first Zimbabwe-based turnkey provider of cross-cultural exchanges through volunteering, and internship placements at matched organisations.

It is a known fact that Zimbabwe is a unique country of many contrasts and the innovation, entrepreneurship and development group educational tour reveals this fact! The people are resilient, having lived through two decades of international isolation; facing international economic sanctions – with 95% of the economy being in the informal sector. Rich in natural resources, and currently on the recovery path socially, politically and most importantly economically. It is an interesting environment to travel and explore emerging innovations and entrepreneurial initiatives.

Tiritose Sustainable Travel has designed faculty led study abroad programs that ensure participants appreciate this unique business environment, embedded within the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, development, management, economics, finance and design. It is a case based programme that changes with each group, so you are assured of never duplicating effort, and the results of your work will contribute towards policy development as well as on-the-ground implementation – outcomes of which you are able to track even after returning to your home country!

Your Zimbabwe Travel Adventure - Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Zimbabwe

Day 2-5: Harare

  • In-country orientation 
  • Welcome dinner
  • Survival language course
  • Evening cooking class
  • Business and culture
  • The Four Pillars of the Economy

 

Day 6-10: Bulawayo

  • Industrialisation
  • Manufacturing and Innovation hubs
  • Economic Processing Zones
  • Inflation, GDP & National Debt

 

Day 11-15: Victoria Falls

  • Tourism and the economy
  • Problem solving: Escape Rooms
  • Adventure/Adrenaline activities

 

Day 16-20: Kariba

  • Power generation
  • Climate change: effects on the economy and surrounding communities
  • Renewable Energy

 

Day 21: Departure 

Above is a provisional 3-week itinerary, which Tiritose Sustainable Travel will customise to match your collective interests. We are flexible in how we put together group faculty led study abroad programs, and we will work with you to come up with a bespoke itinerary. Please download the client needs analysis form, complete it, send it back to us, and one of our worker bees will respond with a draft itinerary for your review. Do not despair if you cannot find an ideal placement site, the list below is only meant to highlight the diversity of our programmes, and not an exhaustive list. 

Tour Destination Description

Harare
The capital city, and commercial hub of Zimbabwe, dubbed to have the best sunshine in the world. You will arrive at Robert G. Mugabe International Airport, where our friendly staff will be waving a big “Tiritose Sustainable Travel” sign welcoming you to the adventure of a lifetime! We will take you on a comprehensive orientation programme, providing background information on Zimbabwe, which will help put the upcoming tour in perspective. You will be able to appreciate the many contrasts that exist in present day Zimbabwe, and the legacy of colonialism. 

Accommodation: Bronte Garden Hotel: shared rooms, with twin beds and ensuite bathrooms in downtown Harare.

Marondera

Founded as a resting house for the colonial settlers who used to travel between Harare and Mutare, and then moved 6 kilometres north to be aligned with the Harare-Beira railway line. The town is one of the largest centres of Zimbabwe’s forestry, farming projects, and houses the Kushinga Phikelela agricultural and commercial college as well as a government research station: Grasslands Research Station. Marondera is also home to one of the most successful Rhino breeding programmes in the world - a programme responsible for ensuring one of the big five animals does not become extinct. 

Accommodation: Shared farmhouse-style house with communal bathrooms. (Imire accommodation)

Bulawayo and Matobo National Park

Bulawayo is the second largest city, cultural and until recently also the industrial/manufacturing capital of Zimbabwe. It is the place where the first organised black resistance movement stemmed from. The city provides a unique contrast to Harare, with its mixture of low and high-rise buildings, fading colonial houses with wide verandas, all adding to the relaxed and attractive atmosphere. 

About 40 minutes, southwest of Bulawayo lies a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Matobo Hills. Here, you will find the expanse of granite hills and caves, hiding the rich legacy of parietal art left by San or Bushmen.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn: shared rooms, twin beds and ensuite bathrooms

Victoria Falls

A place that needs no introduction to the world, one of the 7 Natural Wonders on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. There is, however, more to this town than the largest falling curtain of water on offer at this central hub of African tourism. Archaeological findings from the area has yielded stone artefacts from more than 3 million years ago. The Tonga people have occupied the Victoria Falls area since the 12th Century and have largely remained inhabitants of the area. In addition to the rich history from David Livingstone in 1855, to the beginnings of infrastructure development and rail network, to present day tourism for sustainable development, and the impending forced removals of over 20,000 inhabitants to pave way for the Batoka Gorge Hydro Power Project. 

Accommodation: Dzimbabwe Lodge: shared twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Kariba

A resort town, built on the steep hills, 370 kilometres above the Lake. Home to the Legend of the Nyami Nyami ‘The River God’, which locals believe to have lived in the depths of the Lake and was separated from the female Nyami Nyami when the bridge was constructed in order to facilitate for the hydro-electric power plant that remains today. Approximately fifty thousand people were displaced on both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides in order to make way for the construction of the project. Paradoxically, the construction of the power station is said to be the World Bank’s most successful project in the world. 

There are several islands and wildlife parks surrounding Kariba, including the Chewore Safari Area where Dinosaur footprints were found and are reserved to this day. 


Accommodation: Cerruti Lodge: shared rooms with communal bathrooms.

Highlights Of The Tour
  • Acquaint yourself with innovative strategies addressing critical issues in areas of education, agriculture, environment, healthcare as well as financial inclusion 
  • Enjoy time meeting local innovators and entrepreneurs and exchange ideas, whilst establishing partnerships
  • Gain exposure to indigenous technologies, frugal innovation that is disrupting the local market and transforming business as we know it!
  • Attain an understanding of the role played by cultural, political, and socio-economic elements in fostering prolific conditions for innovation as well as social transformation
  • Best of all, spend a month in Zimbabwe, a house of stone – and enjoy four different locations as well as travelling through the jewel of Africa!
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programme highlights

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It is a known fact that Zimbabwe is a unique country of many contrasts and the innovation, entrepreneurship and development group educational tour reveals this fact! The people are resilient, having lived through two decades of international isolation; facing international economic sanctions – with 95% of the economy being in the informal sector. Rich in natural resources, and currently on the recovery path socially, politically and most importantly economically. It is an interesting environment to travel and explore emerging innovations and entrepreneurial initiatives. Tiritose Sustainable Travel has designed a programme that ensures participants appreciate this unique business environment, embedded within the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, development, management, economics, finance and design.

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TESTIMONIALS

What people say

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Stuart Smith United States, Ohio State University

This has truly been a life changing experience, especially because it was my first trip outside of the United States. The program taught me to be more open to taking new experiences, exposed me to paediatrics at the children’s rehabilitation unit, which I did not think I would enjoy.

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Necrisha Roach United States, Ohio State University

Coming to Zimbabwe for my medical internship and working with Tiritose was an interesting experience and I really enjoyed the exposure to the healthcare system, the people and the excursions

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Christopher Zheng United States, Ohio State University

I was pretty happy the whole time and the Tiritose staff were very supportive. What I enjoyed most about doing my internship in Zimbabwe is that it was a new continent for me, a whole new perspective on medicine, a better appreciation for the luxuries of US.

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Sola Morakinyo United States, Ohio State University

What I enjoyed most about doing my medical clinical rotation internship in Zimbabwe was seeing the differences and similarities in how medicine is practiced here vs. the U.S. and differences and similarities in disease incidence.

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Van Don Williams II United States, Ohio State University

The programme was also very organised. Other than waiting on our supervising physicians at the Children’s hospital on some of the days, it was a pretty good internship. Oh! And it was made better by watching Black Panther in Africa.

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Jessica Hippolyte United States, Ohio State University

I really liked the balance between the fun staff and the clinical rotations at the various hospitals in the city and the rural placement just blew me away. I was exposed to medical conditions that I would otherwise not come across back home.

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Martins Ayoola-Adeola United States, Ohio State University

I had a wonderful time in Zimbabwe. There are times I find myself fantasizing about going back. The administrative staff were great and really took the time to make the trip as personalized as possible.

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