The people of Zimbabwe are resilient, having lived through two decades in isolation, and continuing to face international economic sanctions – with a reported 95% of the economy being in the informal sector. The country is 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 innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives.
Tiritose has designed a programme that ensures participants experience the best of this unique business environment. Our educational tour explores the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, development, management, economics, finance and design throughout Zimbabwe. It is a case-based programme that changes with each group, so you can be assured that your effort won’t be duplicated. 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!
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
- Arrive in Zimbabwe
DAY 2: SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECT WORK AND CULTURAL INTRODUCTION
- In-country orientation and welcome dinner
- Survival language course
- Evening cooking class
DAYS 6-10: TRAVEL TO SECOND PROJECT SITE: BULAWAYO
- Industrialisation, Manufacturing and Innovation Hubs
- Economic Processing Zones
DAYS 11-15 SECOND PROJECT SITE: BULAWAYO
- Power generation
- Climate change: effects on the economy and surrounding communities
DAYS 16-20: THIRD PROJECT SITE: VICTORIA FALLS
- Tourism and the economy
- Problem solving: Escape Rooms
- Adventure activities
DAY 21: DEPARTURE
- Departure from Zimbabwe
The above is a provisional 3-week itinerary. Tiritose will customise your schedule to match your interests and those of your group. We are flexible in how we put together educational tours, and we will work with you to come up with a bespoke itinerary. Don’t worry if you can’t find an ideal placement site, our website highlights the diversity of our programmes and not an exhaustive list.
The capital city and commercial hub of Zimbabwe is among the world’s brightest and sunniest cities. You will arrive at Robert G. Mugabe International Airport, where our friendly staff will be waving a big “Tiritose” sign welcoming you to the adventure of a lifetime! We will take you through a comprehensive orientation programme, whilst providing background information about 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.
Accommodation: Tiritose Bed & Breakfast in the leafy suburb of Mt Pleasant. Shared rooms with single & twin beds.
Bulawayo and Matopos
Bulawayo is the second largest city. It is the cultural and until recently also the industrial and manufacturing capital of Zimbabwe. The city provides a unique contrast to Harare, with its mixture of low and high-rise buildings, fading colonial houses with wide verandahs, 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 the San people.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn: shared rooms, twin beds and ensuite bathrooms
A place that needs no introduction to the world, it’s 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. Archaeological findings from the area have yielded stone artefacts from more than 3 million years ago. The Tonga people have lived in the Victoria Falls area since the 12th Century, and have largely remained inhabitants of the area. In addition to the rich history, there are many contrasts, from David Livingstone in 1855, to the beginnings of infrastructure development and rail network, to present day tourism for sustainable development.
Accommodation: Shoestrings backpackers: male and female dormitories.
This destination is a resort town built on steep hills above Lake Kariba. Home to the Legend of the Nyaminyami “The River God”, which locals believe to have lived in the depths of the Lake, and was separated from the female Nyaminyami 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 preserved to this day.
Accommodation: overnight ferry for one night + a night in the safari tented rooms on the island.
Who can join this tour?
Our educational tours are open to both high school and university students, who may either be led by a teacher or faculty member, or on their own. The tour is an immersive programme for those interested in acquainting themselves with African business and innovation Students and faculty who enjoy unconventional and hands-on learning are well suited for this adventure tour.
How will you benefit?
- Discover innovative strategies that address critical issues in the areas of education, agriculture, environment, healthcare as well as financial inclusion.
- Enjoy meeting local innovators and entrepreneurs and exchange ideas, whilst establishing partnerships.
- Be introduced to indigenous technologies, frugal innovation that is disrupting the local market and transforming business as we know it!
- Gain an understanding of the role played by cultural, political, and socio-economic elements in fostering catalytic 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!
How is transportation organised?
Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up and will take you to your first night accommodation, sort out refreshments and meals. After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done at a pace that suits your needs and we will make sure to show the group some amazing places at the same time. Once the in-country orientation is complete, we will provide a shuttle service that will take you between your accommodation and activity centre for each of the days.
Contact Tiritose for further information about the innovation, entrepreneurship and development tour. If you have organised your own educational tour or already have a preferred itinerary in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about! We are your travel buddies!
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