Tanzania Coastal and Maasai Culture and Community Service
Karibu sana! Explore the Serengeti, practice Swahili in local markets, volunteer on a community development project, and live with a Maasai family in Tanzania.
Orientation in Dar es Salaam
Learn about Swahili culture and language during an exciting four-day orientation in Dar es Salaam, the “Haven of Peace.” Practice your new language skills in bustling markets, taste traditional Tanzanian foods, visit the ebony Makonde carvers’ market, and meet with community development experts to learn about vital social services.
Journey to a coastal town near the city of Tanga and wake up to the morning call to prayer as the first dhows return with the night’s catch of giant kingfish and octopus. Continue to develop your Swahili in a local language school while living with a welcoming Tanzanian family.
Sample activities: Study traditional medicine; learn about Islamic culture from prominent civic leaders; join a local dance troupe that fuses Swahili and Western music.
Maasai Village Stay
Travel into the bush to become a member of a Maasai village. While living with local families, you meet with elders over tea, herd livestock with your host siblings, and participate in traditional evening dancing.
Participate in a series of community-driven service projects that connect you with local school children, health advocates, and environmental experts focused on making a positive impact on their society.
Sample projects: Engage in an ecosystem management project with Maasai villagers; teach English in a rural school; help dig a clean water well with local youth and environmentalists.
ECO-SAFARI, KILIMANJARO, AND THE SAVANNAH
Explore the breathtaking savannah during a three-day eco-safari. Observe elephants, lions, hyenas, and giraffes in their natural habitat during vehicle excursions through the famous Serengeti. See the staggering beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a traditional meal of banana-beef stew under the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro before returning home.
"As we said goodbye to our Maasai families, I realized that I had just finished an experience that I will reflect on and tell stories about for decades to come."
-- Akilah Sanders-Reed
Sandia Park, New Mexico
June 24, 2013 - July 29, 2013
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