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Inspiring Youth in Ga-Rankuwa Township, South Africa

Learn more about how a team of individual volunteers inspired youth in Ga-Rankuwa Township in South Africa with technology from November 28 - December 7, 2016.

The team came from a wide range of background including a software engineer from Optimizely, a Peace Corps current volunteer,a  retired teacher who is 76 years old, and the world's oldest geek - IBM retired Senior IT Architect. 

The team helped install IT equipment, got the learners interested in developing basic applications, and even had the teachers improve their classroom efficiency with Microsoft and Google tools. 

By Dawn Kwan
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How Adobe Volunteers Planted the Seeds for Tech Education in Rural Cambodia

In December 2016, six employees continued our partnership with Adobe, by forming a second team to embark on a two-week service project to train teachers on how to implement technology in their classrooms.   In this group reflective post on the Adobe Spark platform, volunteers tell the story of our first project in partnership with CARE Cambodia, a branch of the global NGO that provides aid and development to Cambodia’s rural areas. 

By Guest Blogger – Lin Yang, Adobe
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Realizing My Retirement Dream

Tom Collett retired from SAP as their Global Vice President, Global Partner Operations, Industries & Programs, recently accompanied a group of volunteers to the December 2016 LEAP 6 project, and currently is helping Team4Tech out as a Fellow. Learn more about his experience of realizing his retirement dream and watch the video of the LEAP 6 project.

By Tom Collett, Team4Tech Fellow
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Just in from Rwanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d been in Rwanda for only forty-eight hours on Team4Tech’s latest project and already I’d heard something completely unexpected. I was talking with a local man who said, “I feel my government is working for me every day. I pay taxes, but each day I know what I am getting in return.”  After my three week stay in Rwanda, I have a better understanding of what he was getting at and why others I met shared similar opinions.

By Martin Maaloumi
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Join Us - Informational Session for South Africa Ed Tech Volunteer Project

Are you interested in using your skills to advance the quality of education in underserved communities globally? We have an upcoming project in South Africa, and are recruiting volunteers now! Join us at our informational session on Tuesday, September 20 at Box's office in San Francisco!

By Dawn Kwan
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You're Invited! Team4Tech Celebration 2016

Team4Tech is grateful to mark some exciting milestones this year: 30,000 students and teachers reached, 200 volunteers, 20 projects.  On Thursday, October 6th, we're inviting partners, alumni volunteers, and supporters to celebrate our growing community of change agents and share stories of impact.  

By Julie Clugage & Lila Ibrahim
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Makupula E-Club: Students Embrace Creative Confidence

But having the technology is only half the battle. Teaching people HOW to use it, which implies that it first must be working properly, and helping them reach the point where they WANT to use it, is where the idea for the Makupula E-Club comes in.

By Guest Blogger, Sally Rowland, Fulbright Fellow, Makupula Secondary School, Kayamandi township, South Africa
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VMware Making a Difference in Costa Rica

From June – July, 2016, a team of VMware Costa Rica employees collaborated with Paniamor Foundation on a Service Learning Accelerator – a pilot program developed by the VMware Foundation in collaboration with Team4Tech.

By Dawn Kwan
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Join the Upcoming Volunteer Project in South Africa

Want to be part of a team that advances the quality of education in townships in South Africa and grow your leadership skills?  Team4Tech only has 2 - 3 projects open to individuals annually. Apply now to the Team4Tech project to Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa before the Friday, October 14th deadline. 

By Dawn Kwan
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Empowering Teachers in Rural India With Technology

Monkeys, power shortages, and cold conditions didn’t deter a team of VMware people and teachers in Northern India from integrating technology into the classroom. Earlier this year, a team of VMware people embarked on a Good Gigs Trek—the VMware Foundation’s leadership program—in collaboration with CARE India and Team4Tech. VMware recently released the blogpost and video about the project and announced the call for application for their upcoming Good Gigs Trek to South Africa. 

By VMware
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