- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Tanzania
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June, July, August
- Session Length: Five Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Community Service
- Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Leadership, Health and Well Being, Preserving the Environment, Youth Outreach, Literacy, Photography, Wildlife Conservation
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Credit Awarded: No
BE MORE THAN A TOURIST! Global Routes is a pioneer in the world of immersive international programming for high school students. Our transformative program model combines meaningful service, authentic community stays, and unparalleled adventures.
Global Routes is the program for you if you’re curious and adventurous, dedicated to strengthening our global community, and are looking for an authentic travel experience. Through our transformative program model, students develop critical global skills, leadership, confidence, compassion, and an enthusiasm for experiencing the world!
Tanzania: 5-Week Program, Enroll for Summer 2024
Tanzania offers a stunning variety of landscapes and wildlife, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the generous spirit of Africa. This is the perfect experience for the student seeking a totally new perspective in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring backdrops. Live with a local family in a small, rural village while helping to construct a classroom and teach English. Experience a Safari in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the famed Ngorongoro Crater to witness lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants and rhinoceros. Hike the fertile slopes of Mt. Meru and then venture to the ‘spice’ isle of Zanzibar as you sail the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
DATES: June - August, 2024
GROUP SIZE: Up to 18 students (co-ed), 2 U.S. leaders, 2 Tanzanian Staff
SERVICE HOURS EARNED: 70-90 hours
LEARNING GOALS: Hiking, leadership, cooking, hiking
TUITION: $7,295 (Financial Aid Available)
ORIENTATION: Below the majestic Kilimanjaro, Moshi’s busy streets and colorful local markets serve as the gateway to the “Northern Circuit” of Tanzania. Here you begin Swahili language classes as your group makes preparations for the safari of a lifetime. From Moshi, your bus steers west to climb the escarpment of the Rift Valley. You make camp in this dramatic landscape of rolling grasslands and natural cauldrons of the most famed wildlife parks in the world. Safari into the depths of the massive Ngorongoro Crater where some of East Africa’s last black rhinos thrive in the grazing pastures of the Massai people. Catch a glimpse of tree-climbing lions on the edge of Lake Manyara, where soda deposits draw thousands of pink flamingos to its shallows. Finally, enjoy the large herds of elephant and zebra that graze the baobab tree-dotted landscape of Tarangire National Park.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE: You are welcomed with a great celebration of song and dance into your rural village in the Chagga lands outside of Arusha. For nearly two weeks you experience life as those in your village do: in a joyful union of work and leisure, gathering water from the community well, harvesting and roasting corn, playing an impromptu game of soccer, or raising the walls of new buildings. For a weekend excursion, your group can climb part of the spectacular Mt. Meru, a volcanic crater with exhilarating views. At 14,980 feet, it is the second highest peak in Tanzania and is a steady presence in the landscape of your homestay village. Stay overnight in huts located on the mountain before descending back down into your host community. Or, visit the amazing United African Alliance Community Center for more of an educational and artistic twist to your group’s adventure.
TRAVEL ADVENTURES: After a heartfelt farewell ceremony, you depart your Tanzanian home and journey on to the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar. Zanzibar is said to be the birthplace of Swahili, the language created specifically for trade between the Bantu tribes of the archipelago and the Arabian traders that sailed these waters thousands of years ago. Zanzibar grew to be an important port along East Africa’s 19th century slave trading route and vestiges of this history still remain. Explore the remains of this ponderous past and the ornate architecture and mysterious cobbled-alleyways of Stone Town. Tour a working spice plantation and enjoy the intricacies of this diverse Swahili culture. Your final days are spent relaxing on remote sandy beaches, enjoying snorkeling in the Indian ocean, and riding the waves in a dhow, a traditional wooden fishing boat.
“While in Tanzania with Global Routes and my peers, I was able to step out of my comfort zone in the best way. Through this service program, I was able to learn more about myself and the amazing, unique culture of the Tanzanian people. This trip planted a seed in my heart that has made me realize how fortunate I am and how much I want to help others. It was a remarkable opportunity and one that I would do all over again in a heartbeat!!” - Olivia Ridge, Tanzania, Student
“Global Routes provided an incredible experience that pushed Emma out of her comfort zone in a healthy and nurturing way. She came back saying it was life altering and that she can’t wait to return to Africa in the future to be of more service!” - Kim Wall, Tanzania, Parent
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"Global Routes gave me an amazing experience that put me far out of my comfort zone in the best way. I learned about new cultures and how better to interact and connect with a huge variety of people. I look forward to continue using what I learned on my trip anywhere I go for the rest of my life."- Noah, 2014 Student - January 20, 2018