Discover the authentic East Africa. You will greet welcoming people, see giraffes and elephants roaming, and even visit the base of world-famous Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll learn how to throw a spear with Maasai warriors, and learn first-hand about their unique culture.
You will work at the local village schools and engage in meaningful service by improving facilities on campus. Painting, building playgrounds, and building classrooms for the children are among the variety of service projects you may have the chance to experience. In addition, we will tutor local children and have the chance to learn about their way of life as we spend recess time in free play on their school grounds.
You will learn about Tanzania’s rich culture. Specifically, you will experience the traditions of the Chagga people who live around Mount Kilimanjaro, including visits to their coffee farms and banana plantations. You will also learn about and meet members of the Maasai nomadic tribes who follow their livestock and do not adhere to national borders. Although English is widely spoken, you will also learn to speak some Swahili. You will hear from guest speakers about social issues facing the community, such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic or the controversy surrounding FGM, and the history of East Africa and even participate in art workshops such as batik and traditional music.
In addition to spending a day on a spectacular walk around the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will also visit some of the world’s most spectacular safari parks. During the first weekend you will visit two of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves: Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. During the weekend safari, you will have the opportunity to get up close to zebras, lions, leopards, elephants, wildebeest, rhinos, and many other species in their natural habitat. For those on our 21-day Flagship Program, the second weekend will take us to a day trip at a Maasai village where we’ll be immersed in a traditional community and learn about their unique nomadic culture. Here, we’ll learn to throw spears and identify medicinal plants in the wild.
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For the past two summers I have volunteered with Global Leadership Adventures. Two summers ago I went on the Galapagos: Preserving Natures Wonders program, and this past summer went on the Tanzania: Heart and Soul of Africa program. Though the programs were vastly different, I had amazing experiences on them both and would recommend them to any high-school student looking for a life-altering summer experience. When I close my eyes, I can still see the smiling faces of my students at the Himo-Korona primary school. On my second volunteer trip with Global Leadership Adventures, I wanted a program that exposed me to a different culture, community, and way of life. I found just that in Tanzania. The people are friendly and smiling, despite the language barrier, and the children's eyes glow when they see you. I volunteered teaching english and planting fruit trees at a local primary school near the home base. Adventure-wise, we hiked to waterfalls, wandered the streets with a host family, played soccer with children from an orphanage, danced with a local dance crew, and of course went on a spectacular safari! If you want to discover a new culture while doing meaningful service, I would highly recommend this program for you!