A three-week educational journey around Africa with Sberbank


Young Global Pioneers is an educational programme for engineering students who want to explore the world and are willing to change it for the better.

Take your mind off routine tasks for three weeks and embark on an unforgettable journey around Africa.

You are in for a tour around vibrant Tanzania and trips to the fabled Sahara and the mysterious island of Zanzibar. You will feel the mind-boggling contrasts of this continent: while coral reefs off the coast of Zanzibar are threatened by global warming, the scorching sun of Tanzania makes local farming a daunting challenge.

It is only by seeing different sides of Africa that you can understand its culture and form your own opinion.

You will be exploring the region’s most pressing issues in the company of the world’s most talented students, exchanging ideas and inspiring one another.

Sberbank’s special grant covers all project participation expenses and associated travelling costs (visa, aeroplane tickets, accommodation, food, insurance, vaccination, etc.). In addition to the breathtaking journey, the winner will get the opportunity of employment and future professional growth at Sberbank.

The selection process is as follows:

  • You must meet the criteria: you are 19 to 25 years old, fluent in English, with a valid passport.
  • Complete the application form in as much detail as possible before March 3.
  • Have an interview with representatives of Sberbank and YGP.
  • Find out the outcome.

Check if you are eligible to apply

  • Age 19–25 (at the time of travel)
  • Passport for international travel valid at the time of travel
  • Engineering mindset
  • Fluent English (Upper Intermediate or higher)
  • A desire to change the world
I do fit!

Ekaterina Shinkarenko

I cannot express how thankful I am for the opportunity to participate in the gorgeous learning journey to Tanzania! This experience has already changed my life. I have gathered many deep insights about cultural and economic issues in other countries from the smartest young talents. Acquiring knowledge here has helped me to build my personal reflection of the world and transformed my leadership vision to a global one. I have already experienced first hand what a big role understanding of cultures plays in relationships, as well as with corporate culture, and adaptation in a company.

Ekaterina Zherzdeva

Just one week here has totally changed my perception of global problems in general and Tanzania's problems in particular. During the time I am here I have learned how to feel responsibility for future development of my country. My team and I had interesting discussions about genocide, human rights, international education and trade, poverty, wildlife. In my opinion, this Learning Journey is a great experience to be involved in multicultural team where all participants are so different and diverse.

Mikhail Donskoy

I've never been in such amazing environment before and you've made it possible. Great and diverse peers, nice mentors and cool learning activities are combined into one of the best journeys in my life. I really hope that Sberbank will keep providing talented Russian students an opportunity to be a part of this great program, igniting their minds and hearts and inspiring them to build a better future together.