- Our time will be split between lending a hand to schoolchildren, exciting cultural activities around the village and a 3-day excursion to three of the best safaris in East Africa.
- Our primary project in the community will be located at a local village school. Take time to teach English and basic math to the young minds of the village. Volunteer alongside teachers to develop instructional aids and engage with the students through games, music and activities. When not in the classroom, help to improve the school’s infrastructure by planting gardens and refurbishing classrooms which will help improve the lives of local children. In a school where resources are limited and student to teacher ratios are often 50:1, our contribution is much needed.
- Take the jeep ride of a lifetime in three of the world’s most famous safari parks: Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park. The undoubted highlight of this African safari is the chance to spot the Big Five game consisting of lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo in their natural habitat. We’ll also have the chance to see zebras and wildebeest.
- The Ngorongoro Crater was once the site of the world’s tallest mountain, until it erupted two million years ago. Today, the area contains one of the world’s richest concentrations of wildlife, which we’ll observe on a game drive. This includes an important population of East African lions, which can be seen climbing and lounging in the trees.
- Uncover Tanzania’s rich culture as we experience the traditions of the Chagga people, who we’ll meet in their villages at the base of Kilimanjaro. We’ll learn to speak some basic Swahili and try our hand at some traditional cultural practices, like batik cloth weaving and bead making. Along the way, we’ll visit coffee farms and banana plantations, meeting members of the local community as we go.
- Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and Africa’s highest mountain, standing at almost 5,000 meters tall. We’ll enjoy incredible views of its snowcapped peak from our lodging in Rau Village. We’ll explore the beautiful landscapes around Kilimanjaro on a hike around the base of the mountain, where we’ll visit caves used by Changga people to hide from marauding Maasai raiders, and climb to a dramatic, cascading waterfall.
- Mount Kilimanjaro serves as the backdrop of our private bed & breakfast. Located off the narrow dirt roads in a quaint village outside of Moshi, we’ll be in the center of Tanzanian culture. The Chagga tribe, who are local to this region, are incredibly friendly and eager to share their customs and history.
Please see a detailed itinerary below:
- Day 1. Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to our bed & breakfast in charming Rau Village, overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro. Settle in and enjoy a welcome dinner.
- Day 2. Learn Swahili and visit with a local family. We’ll take a crash course in Swahili, the local language, and walk through the village to practice our new phrases and meet our neighbors. Spend an afternoon with a local family, immersing yourself in Tanzanian culture and asking them any questions you might have.
- Day 3. Meet the kids at the village school and visit a coffee farm. This morning we’ll visit the local village school where we’ll be volunteering. Our days will vary between teaching English to a classroom of students to working one-on-one with individual children who need extra help with a specific subject. This afternoon we’ll visit a local coffee farm and enjoy a traditional tribal dance.
- Day 4. Continue helping at the school and visit an orphanage. We’ll continue volunteering at the local school, from teaching classes to painting classrooms and planting in the gardens. In the afternoon we’ll walk through Rau Village to an orphanage, where we’ll meet the kids and play games with them.
- Day 5. Hike around the stunning Mt. Kilimanjaro. After another morning of teaching, take off to visit the incredible Mt. Kilimanjaro. We’ll enjoy a nature hike around the base of the mountain, where we’ll visit caves and hike to a beautiful cascading waterfall. In the evening, relax at our lodge and enjoy a performance of local dances.
- Day 6. Say goodbye to the school and take a batik class. After a final morning’s volunteering at the school, say goodbye to the students and staff before a lesson in traditional batik cloth making. This age-old technique involves brushing hot wax onto cotton to create traditional patterns. Tonight we’ll relax before our safari begins tomorrow.
- Day 7. Enjoy the first day of our safari adventure. Embark on a full-day safari drive in Tarangire National Park, encountering diverse wildlife including elephants, giraffes, buffalo, wildebeests, monkeys, lions and leopards. Observe how these animals live in harmony with the environment and learn about the conservation efforts helping to preserve the natural order. We’ll spend the night at a simple lodge near the park.
- Day 8. Spot game in the Ngorongoro Crater. Explore the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, once Earth’s tallest volcano before it erupted two million years ago. The crater floor is one of the most densely packed game areas in the world, home to animals including black rhinos and cheetahs. We’ll be given box lunches to enjoy in the afternoon alongside a lake inhabited by hippos.
- Day 9. Visit Lake Manyara on our final safari day. Head out to nearby Lake Manyara, home to ecosystems ranging from dry savannah to marshes to evergreen forest. Zebras, giraffe and countless species of birds inhabit the park as well as the famous tree-climbing lions. Later in the afternoon, we’ll head back to Rau Village to unwind before our flights out the next day.
- Day 10. Say goodbye to Rau Village and return home. Have a relaxing morning and head into the village to say your final goodbyes. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy our final meal together and have a chance for some last minute shopping before we head to the airport to catch our flights home.
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