Overview

Learn Swahili, complete a community service project, and experience Tanzania’s breathtaking landscapes on this high school summer abroad program.

Travel from Dar es Salaam along the Tanzanian coast to Tanga, Arusha, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, experiencing the diversity of Tanzania’s cultures, ethnic groups, and environments. Learn about Swahili culture and Tanzanian arts while meeting with educators, artists, and musicians. Learn Swahili through the program’s formal and informal language instruction, and practice your language skills with your host family and other Tanzanians you meet throughout the program. Together with your group, participate in a series of community-driven service projects, such as teaching English in a rural school or engaging in an ecosystem management project.

Experience the vast differences between urban and rural Tanzania, and the country’s diverse ethnic communities. During your stay in the coastal city of Tanga, learn about the role of Islam in Tanzanian culture and wake up to the morning calls to prayer. During the program’s first homestay, experience daily life in a Swahili coastal community; then, travel into the bush to experience Maasai culture during the program’s ten-day stay in a Maasai village.;

As your Tanzania Experiment unfolds, witness the country’s changing landscapes and breathtaking beauty. Visit the foothills of Mt. Meru, the second-largest mountain in Tanzania. Go on daylong game drives to see baboons, hippos, giraffes, elephants, and lions, and take eco-safaris at Arusha National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Sample Itinerary

Days 1-6
Orientation in Dar es Salaam and Tanga

  • Learn about the history and culture of Tanzania
  • Get to know other members of your group during activities and discussions
  • Explore diverse neighborhoods and visit local high schools, markets, and cultural sites
  • Take survival Swahili language classes and practice your Swahili in local markets
  • Spend two days in Tanga, where you’ll learn about the role of Islam in Tanzanian culture
  • Go on excursions to the Amboni Caves and to a nearby rural community

During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in centrally located hotels.

Days 7–17
Homestay in a Coastal Community

  • Become fully immersed in the daily life of a Tanzanian family and community
  • Do activities with your host familyExplore your host community and the surrounding area with your group
  • Continue your Swahili language lessons
  • Work alongside village residents on education and community development projects such as painting, gardening, and teaching English at a local school
  • Assist village residents in weaving fishing baskets, collecting firewood, and harvesting coconuts

During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample community: Stahabu

Days 18–22
Music and Arts Community Service in Arusha

  • Visit the United African Alliance Center and learn about its local community service projects and classes that involve music and the arts and communal living
  • Meet with local artists who help teach local youth to use arts such as hip-hop in a positive way
  • Spend a day in Arusha National Park and enjoy views of Mt. Meru, the second-tallest mountain in Tanzania after Mt. Kilimanjaro

During this period, you and your group will stay in a guest house.

Days 23–32
Homestay in a Maasai Village

  • Become fully immersed in the daily life of a Maasai family and community
  • Do activities with your host family
  • Assist village residents in daily activities such as collecting firewood and caring for livestock
  • Participate in daily morning community service projects alongside the local Maasai community to help make long-term improvements to the Maasai village

During this period, you and your group will stay in tents and newly built bomas alongside local villagers.

Days 33–34
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  • Visit one of the seven natural wonders of Africa through a daylong safari in Ngorongoro Park
  • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program

During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a camping site outside of Ngorongoro.

Day 35
Departure

About The Experiment

The Experiment in International Living is a non-profit organization that has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Today, The Experiment offers three-, four-, and five-week summer programs for high school students in more than 20 countries around the world.

Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments.

The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.

The Experiment places the highest priority on health, safety, and security. Each program follows a comprehensive structure designed to maximize the well-being of all participants while they engage in dynamic cross-cultural experiences. We have implemented specific risk management strategies that include a 24-hour emergency on-call service and regular safety reviews. We hire and train experienced adult group leaders and maintain longstanding partnerships with in-country offices to support each of our programs.

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