Tanzania: African Cultures & Landscapes

Language and Cultural Discovery

Discover Tanzania’s natural beauty as you travel from the coast to the interior grasslands. Experience African traditions, work on a community service project, and spot incredible wildlife on safari.

DEPARTURE

July 4, 2018

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Community Service

Certificate

Safari

Rugged Travel

Outdoor Activity

Homestay

Campground

Program Description

Your African experience begins when you land in Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, where you will explore the city on a bike tour with visits to markets, coffee brewers, food vendors, and artists. As your Experiment unfolds, you will witness the country’s changing landscapes and breathtaking beauty, starting with a trip to Arusha for a safari to look for elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, and baboons in their natural habitat.

You will learn about traditional African culture and arts while meeting with educators, artists, and musicians. Learn basic Swahili language skills and practice with your host family and local Tanzanians. You will participate in a series of community service projects aimed at improving the livelihoods of the villagers, such as teaching English, renovating a school or planting 500 cashew trees, one of the local cash crops.

Expect to experience the vast differences between urban and rural Tanzania as well as the country’s diverse ethnic communities. During your first homestay in the coastal city of Tanga, you will learn about the role of Islam in Tanzanian culture and sail in a traditional dhow along the beach. A Maasai tribe will welcome you into its community as you camp in a group of mud huts, known as boma. In the morning, take in the spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, then, in the evening, sit under the stars around a campfire discussing important issues that impact indigenous communities.

Wrap up your journey as you spot more African wildlife on a final safari at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for being the best place to see animal migration, you can expect to see myriad wildlife as your Experiment comes to a close.

At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a community service certificate noting the number of hours of community service completed.

U.S. citizens require a visa for this program. Participants will work with The Experiment’s visa agency to acquire and pay for a visa. Please see our website for details.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Prerequisite:

None

Dates:

July 4, 2018 - August 5, 2018 (5 weeks)

Program Fee:

$5,990.00

Group Airfare Cost:

TBD

Depart/Return City:

New York

Orientation:

Dar es Salaam, 4 days

Homestay:

Swahili coastal community*, 9 days; Maasai community*, 10 days

Other Accommodations:

Hotels, community center, camping

Sample Itinerary

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    Days 1-5

    Orientation in Dar es Salaam

    • 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.

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    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 family
    • Explore 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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Day 35

    Departure

    Please note: This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above.

Past Group Leaders

  • Adrienne Rosenberg

    Adrienne Rosenberg hails from Berkeley, California. She first went abroad as a volunteer for Amigos de las Américas as a junior in high school, where she fell in love with fireflies and long walks with her host mom through the countryside. Since then, she has worked and studied in Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, and Tanzania. Adrienne received her BA in social anthropology from Harvard University, with a minor in gender studies. She has worked as a gymnastics coach, health educator, conflict resolution teacher, van driver, ropes course instructor, and high school tutor, and she currently studies psychology at The Wright Institute. Adrienne also fills her days mastering new skills on her springboard dive team, writing poetry, hiking, and learning American Sign Language.

  • Stephanie Teachout

    A native of Smithtown, New York, Stephanie graduated from Indiana University in 2001 with a BA in history and minors in business and Russian/Eastern European studies, during which time she studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Stephanie developed her love for teaching and cultural immersion in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she taught English at Payap University, partnered with hill tribes to organize service trips, and traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia. She received a master’s degree in comparative international education with a specialization in anthropology from Teachers College at Columbia University and later worked as the program director and development director for Princeton in Asia.

    Stephanie has worked as a teacher, coach, and director of student diversity programs for Rye Country Day School in New York, and she is currently the director of diversity and a 5th grade teacher at New City School in St. Louis, Missouri. She has led numerous high school programs domestically and abroad, including Experiment programs to Thailand in 2005 and to Tanzania in 2013. In addition to chasing adventure in 35 countries and counting, Stephanie loves playing tennis, bicycling, practicing yoga, reading in a hammock, and trying lots of new foods (though not all at the same time).

Student Voices

  • The Experiment experience in Tanzania has had a tremendous impact on me. Every interactive connection I made turned into a learning experience. I experienced what it really meant to be a ‘world learner,’ educated and influenced by taking part in a culture and lifestyle different from my own; [this] has moved me to make a difference and study international law. Going to Tanzania really showed me just how much power I have to learn from and give to the world, and I hope to continue to grow and change after this unforgettable experience.

    Experimenter to Tanzania, 2014
  • I loved staying with the Maasai and helping out with my mama’s work in the mornings, as well as sitting with the women later in the day. I felt connected with the women and welcome in their presence. Doing work with my mom was peaceful and strenuous at the same time, and put me in awe of the strength and capability of the women there.”

    Experimenter to Tanzania, 2014

Pre-departure Documents

Summer 2018

Congratulations on your upcoming Experiment summer on the Tanzania: African Cultures & Landscapes program. Visit our pre-departure page for information about our expectations, communications, and travel planning. In early 2018, our summer international information will be published in a secure page, found in the Parent Portal.

In early spring 2018, the following program-specific documents will be linked to this page:

  • Participant Handbook
  • Parent Handbook
  • Health Guidelines
  • Personal Funds Abroad
  • Accident and Sickness Insurance
  • Packing List

Many questions can be answered by reviewing these materials, but please do not hesitate to contact us if further information is required. To submit or update your domestic travel and emergency contact information, please login in to the Parent Portal.

Important Passport and Medical Information

If you do not yet have a passport, or if you have not applied for one, you should do so immediately.

If you have not had a physical with your doctor since June 2017, make an appointment as quickly as possible, as your health form must be filled out based on a current physical.

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