We believe exposing young people to the developing world has the potential to change the world.
Since 2010, Chocolate University has been shepherding local area high school students to remote southwest Tanzania. These students are carefully selected through a competitive application process to participate in a 10 day immersion of entrepreneurship, cacao agronomy, Tanzanian culture, Swahili and more.
Every other year, CU accepts applications from local high school students to participate in this unique opportunity, taking them from the campus of Drury University to the lush cocoa bean farms in Tanzania. The cooperative program brings the students to the Askinosie Chocolate factory for immersion learning sessions, a crash course of direct trade methods, cacao agronomy, and Tanzanian culture.
Countless moments of priceless hands on learning begin as students make the 50+ hour journey to the Kyela region of Tanzania. Students are introduced to Askinosie Chocolate farmer partners and their community. They witness and engage in the cultivation of direct trade relationships first hand as they inspect cocoa beans and watch fair trade in it’s most transparent form as financial statements are translated to the farmers in their own language.
The CU students also work on several projects with Mwaya Secondary School, a high school Askinosie Chocolate has had a collaborative relationship since 2010. These projects include a Sustainable Lunch Program in collaboration with Mwaya PTA and Convoy of Hope, a Khan Academy video-learning program, new textbooks, and a deep water well built in partnership with the community.
CU students also facilitate discussions with the Empowered Girls and Enlightened Boys clubs at the school, a program funded by CU that aims to increase the retention and graduation rate of female students.
These short-term trips do more than inform local students about chocolate. They expose students to possibilities and opportunities for change within their community and the world beyond their own. CU helps bring the world to local students, who in turn, bring inspiration and possibilities to the world.
Are you interested in being a part a part of the high school international business immersion program and a 2020 Chocolate University Student?