UMOJA: Coming Together to Build Community

UWC Short Course in Tanzania

July 2020

Announcement: Coordinator applications for UMOJA 2020 are now open. Visit the official application page to learn more.

Application deadline: January 12 2020

The 2020 edition of the UMOJA UWC short course in Tanzania will be held at United World College of East Africa (UWCEA) near the foothills of Kilimanjaro Mountain. The course will bring together 24 participants from all around the world under the theme ”Coming Together to Build Community”. The 10-day program will be held in July 2020 (specific dates to be confirmed) in Moshi, Tanzania with the primary course language being English.

UWC runs short courses and summer programs to bring a UWC education and the UWC mission to a wider audience. Courses are typically organised by UWC schools and colleges, national committees, groups of alumni or partner organisations. Every short course is different, but they are usually residential and take place over one to three weeks.

Using the diverse history, cultures and geography of the Tanzania region as a backdrop to explore the topic of community building, Umoja will focus on experiential learning, community engagement, local action and global understanding.

Visit our Facebook page for regular updates on the upcoming course and an insight on the previous edition!

The Umoja family at the Short Course closing ceremony at the Lake Eyasi campsite
On the way back to the bus from a beautiful hike to the Materuni Wateralls
This beautiful mural adorns the front entrance of the International School Moshi (ISM), which was our home for most of the Short Course
On this day we planted trees with the Kilimanjaro Project, which is a tree planting initiative that is working to restore trees in the Kilimanjaro region.

By letting the participants guide the experience, we will ensure a productive experience for all those involved. Without any other UWC colleges or short courses in East Africa, the Course will provide a unique perspective and promote UWC values. The Course will enable participants to continue to engage critically long after it has ended.

The Umoja Short Course will be held at UWC East Africa (UWCEA) which has recently joined the UWC Movement in officially becoming the 18th United World College. UWCEA is now the second United World College in Africa, in addition to Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa.

UWC schools, colleges and programs deliver a challenging and transformative educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.