IT For social Impact

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In this program, the group enjoy a rich cultural experience while engaging with the community through projects to improve the overall liveability of the local villages.

Learning about local culture and history is important to be able to assist with the development of a project that might provide economic benefit to the community. The program includes a variety of cultural and outdoor activities such as rock climbing, trekking, a visit to local caves and the local market, attempting to cook local foods and even learning a traditional welcome dance! These shared experiences while living in close confines also provides the students opportunities to reflect on their own personal development while learning about another culture.

The program also includes a visit to Sarawak Cultural Village and ends with a visit to the orang-utan at Semengoh Wildlife Centre before an afternoon kayaking back towards Kuching.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1479972299801{margin-bottom: -40px !important;background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_column_text]

What They Said

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Rob Allen

Immense, based on my experience of a similar project at Uma Belor, Kampung Asap, Belaga last year. Students learn that computer work can be for real people, not just highly technical work for business. The students are presented with different challenges, have their eyes opened to a different culture and enjoy wonderful hospitality.

Program Co-Ordinator, IT for Social Impact

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