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Tanzania: Heart and Soul of Africa

Tanzania: Heart and Soul of Africa

Explore the myth and magic of the real Africa.

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Highlights

  • Teach English in local classrooms
  • Volunteer on projects at a village primary school
  • See zebras, lions, rhinos and more on an incredible African safari
  • Hike to a waterfall near Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Spend a day among the Maasai nomadic warrior tribe
  • Learn African dance, percussion, bead making, and even how to throw a spear

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Overview

At dawn, the rising sun floods Tanzania’s cool grasslands with gold, school children walk along the roadsides and vendors set out their wares. Nature surrounds Tanzania, where the largest of animals mingle with the most minute, and landscapes are colorful and diverse. But more than anything else, it is the Tanzanian people who will make your visit memorable. Whether you’re teaching a class full of laughing, energetic children, embarking on a wild safari guided by locals or chatting with community members, you’ll constantly be greeted with the characteristic warmth and dignity of Tanzanians, and the raw beauty of East Africa.

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Community Service

Widespread challenges continue to bar many Tanzanian children from receiving quality education and staying in school. No public funding past primary school, dilapidated physical infrastructure, social perceptions that demote education’s importance and teacher shortages are all critical issues. As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to address these by refurbishing school facilities and teaching English in a classroom setting. Your impactful work will be rewarded by the bright, smiling faces of the local children who rush to say hello each day and are eager for your inspiration.

Hands-On Learning

Opportunities abound for getting to know Tanzania’s people and cultures. You’ll hear from guest speakers about Tanzania’s recent history and progress, as well as heavy social issues that linger to this day, challenging communities with health issues, gender inequality, lack of education and other barriers to advancement. Participate in batik dyeing, market visits and traditional music and dance classes, and even pick up a few phrases in Swahili. If you’re joining us for our 21-Day Flagship Program, meet members of the Maasai semi-nomadic tribes, who follow their livestock and do not adhere to national borders.

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Adventure

You’ll spend a day hiking at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and one of the world’s great mountaineering objectives. See the area where trekkers prepare to take on the peak, and embark on your own hike to two stunning waterfalls. A trip to Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without experiencing one of the world’s most spectacular safaris: Tarangire National Park, which naturalists the world over consistently rate as “the greatest wildlife show on Earth.” Look for zebras, lions, leopards, elephants, wildebeest, rhinos and many other species in their natural habitat.

Lodging

GLA has two Home Bases. Both are located 45 minutes from the Kilimanjaro airport in small villages. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe. All students sleep in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to shared Western-style bathrooms with cold-water showers.

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Dates & Tuition

Tanzania: Heart and Soul of Africa 21-Day Program Flagship
Jun 21 - Jul 11, 2017
Jul 15 - Aug 4, 2017
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Tanzania: Heart and Soul of Africa 14-Day Program
Jun 12 - Jun 25, 2017
Jun 28 - Jul 11, 2017
Jul 14 - Jul 27, 2017
Jul 30 - Aug 12, 2017
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,599
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

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Hunter

After orientation we had a Swahili lesson. It was really fun to learn a different language. We split up into groups and went for a tour around the village. It was very pretty and fun to see all the little cute kids! And the views of Mt. Kilimanjaro were breathtaking.

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