Discover Tanzania’s natural beauty as you travel from the coast to the interior grasslands. Experience African traditions, spot incredible wildlife on safari, and work on a community service project.
Due to the deepening concern about the coronavirus, The Experiment has transitioned all 2020 programs to The Experiment Digital.
The Experiment Digital is a fully funded (free) exchange program conducted entirely online and mobile-accessible four (4) hours per week from June 22 to August 16, 2020.
The Experiment Digital connects hundreds of young people across the United States with peers from Iraq, Algeria, Yemen, and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa to discuss such topics as digital citizenship, leadership and identity, community initiatives, and public narrative. Participants even have virtual families!
Your adventure begins 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 journey unfolds, you will witness the country’s changing landscapes and breathtaking beauty. Travel to Arusha to take in the majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Learn about traditional African cultures and arts while meeting with educators, artists, and musicians, and gain basic Swahili language skills that you can practice with your host family and local Tanzanians. Participate in a series of community service projects such as teaching English, renovating a school, or planting cashew trees, one of the local cash crops.
Experience the wonders of African wildlife on two safari adventures. The first will take place in Arusha National Park, while the second safari will come as you wrap up your Experiment journey at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll have a chance to spot elephants, lions, hippos, and baboons in their natural habitat.
Discover the vast differences between urban and rural Tanzania as well as the country’s diverse ethnic communities through two homestays. During your first homestay in the village of Stahabu, 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 for your second homestay, where you will camp in a mud hut, known as boma. In the morning, herd goats with your host family and learn traditional beading for making Maasai jewelry; then, in the evening, sit under the stars around a campfire discussing important issues that impact indigenous communities.
Dar es Salaam, 4 days
Swahili coastal community*, 9 days; Maasai community*, 10 days
Hotels, community center, camping
Orientation in Dar es Salaam
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in centrally located hotels.
Homestay and Community Service in a Coastal Community
During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample community: Stahabu
Music and Arts Community Service in Arusha
During this period, you and your group will stay in a guest house.
Rural Homestay in the Maasai Village of Engikaret
During this period, you and your group will stay in tents and newly built bomas alongside local villagers.
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a camping site outside of Ngorongoro.
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.
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.
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).
he moment we arrived to Dar es Salaam I felt good about where I would be for the next days. The first week while we were there i can’t express in words how much we were able to do. We went on a bike tour around the city where we visited different neighborhoods and got o learn about the people who live there. We went to Dar’s beautiful beaches, we went to carving classes and learned about their detailed and hard work put into their art pieces. The food at each restaurant was so good, and taking Swahili classes really helped when we wanted to do some local shopping around the city.--Dolly
I’m thankful for my home stay families because they taught me a lot about there culture and traditions. I know I wouldn’t have learned as much as what they have taught me, just by reading a textbook in a classroom. I got to experience there way of life and I stepped out of my comfort zone to do so. Another part I enjoyed from this trip was The safaris. I took many beautify pictures of the wild life animals. Spending a full day outside in the nature, looking at all the animals was just incredible.--Laura
Tanzania is such a culturally rich place with their preservation of traditional tribes, captivating music industry, and beautiful art and carvings. The people are so welcoming and they have the kindest hearts. We took on everything one day at a time.--Christine
We then had our homestay in the village of Stahabu, where I was stunned by the connections I was able to build with my family and other members of the village. The homestay experience is one that I believe could not be replicated outside of this program. It was unique and mind-blowingly different, yet normal.--Maya
From the safaris, to the beaches, the homestay, the Maasai, the mural, the songs, and the streets, to the love and community that I was revived with, I never expected it to be this amazing. I had read the itinerary a thousand times and yet everyday was a new adventure. Because no matter how much I read about it, actually experiencing it was 100x better.--Jacqueline