In April 2016, HOP President, Dean Cardinale, along with office coordinator, Nate Mildeberger, met with Dr. Sue J Goldie, HOP’s board chair and the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute at Harvard University, to begin developing a detailed plan for the program. In May of 2016, the three traveled to Tanzania to scout out opportunities where the program could be mutually beneficial to the local communities and the experiential learning program’s students. Over the year, more materials and curriculum was developed for our pilot program that ran in 2017 with a small group of high schoolers.
Originally, the project was meant for high school students but as development progressed, we found college aged students was a better fit. In 2017, Sue and Nate returned to Tanzania on a final scouting trip to complete the learning material required for the program. As of now, HOP is nearing completion of putting the final itinerary together and looking for student programs that are interested in participating.