This trip will provide opportunities to serve and learn about computing in Christian schools in Zambia. Participants will have the opportunity to visit computer labs in Christian schools and work alongside a group of Zambian computer teachers. Students will join a group of teachers for a three day workshop focused on the relationship between faith and technology and learn together about using the Raspberry Pi in K-12 education.

The course will begin on campus with an orientation session discussing appropriate technology and approaches to development work. Students will familiarize themselves with the Raspberry Pi so they can learn alongside teachers in Zambia. After arriving in Zambia, students will tour Christian schools and local sites to learn more about the context and culture. Students will then participate in a 3 day workshop for local teachers led by the two Calvin faculty members. Finally, students will reflect and write about their experience after returning to Calvin.

Core: This course has been approved for CCE designation.
Dates: January 8–28, 2020.
Estimated cost: approximately $3200 (financial assistance available)
Prerequisite: A student with CS104 or CS106 or CS108 and an interest in computing and education,
or an education student with an interest in computer education.
Instructors: Prof. Derek Schuurman and Prof. Victor Norman.

We plan to be working with the Raspberry Pi, so experience with the Raspberry Pi will be an asset, but not a requirement. To read more about some previous service trips, see Introducing Open Source and the Raspberry Pi to Schools in Developing Nations. Various cultural excursions will also be planned.

This trip is being planned in partnership with EduDeo Ministries. See the CS W60 syllabus for further information. Email Derek Schuurman if you have questions.

Application Process

To apply, please complete Calvin's application process and note the details provided on the off-campus interim webpage. Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis.


Previous Interim Trips