Next course starts in May 2018
Visit Tengeru fruit and veg and second hand clothering market on the outskirts of Arusha, followed by a visit to Lake Duluti about a 5 minute drive from the market. Take a walk around the lake, learn about some of it’s wildlife and stop for lunch with views of the lake.
Take a hike among the foothills of Mt Meru and wade through riverlets and streams to the Oldonyo Sapuk waterfalls for a refreshing swim or simply enjoy the surroundings. Enrichment options provide students with content or experiences to use in their English grammar and English conversation skills. Our English school provides students with options to enrich their experience.
Visit Arusha National Park for a full days game drive. Visit the soda lakes, with it’s abundance of flamingos, visit the mini plains with zebra, giraffe, warthog, antelopes, buffalo and sometimes wildebeest and drive up into the forests with its baboons and black and white colobus monkeys.
Wachagga People and Mt Kilimanjaro
Spend a half day learning how to cook traditional Chagga food. Learn about the utensils they use, what they cook and how!
Travel to Moshi, the main town at the heart of Kilimanjaro region. From here visit Lake Chala, learn about its’ history, significance for local people and the superstitions surrounding this beautiful lake.
Spend 2 days in a Chagga village, learning about their culture, history, traditions and food. Visist a Chagga home, learn about Chagga families, visit the local river and learn about it’s importance, take a tour of a Chagga home garden and sample traditional Chagga food.
Spend a full day hiking to Kilimanjaro base camp inside Kilimanjaro national park.
The Masaai and the Maasai Steppe
Spend 5 days in a Maasai community whilst you learn about their way of life. Enjoy a typical Maasai welcome before visiting a traditional boma, learn about medicinal plants and visit a traditional healthcare retreat. Sample goat cooked the Maasai way and help prepare a medicinal soup. Listen to elders tell traditional stories and take part in chanting and dancing with Maasai youth.
Be a part of two full days of community service activities.
Go on an optional day trip with an overnight stop to ngorongoro crater for a full days game drive while learning about the significance of the Ngorongoro conservation area for wildlife and the Maasai who call the crater their home. Lions, hippos, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, antelope, warthog, rhino, cheetah, and hyena and birds of prey are just some of the animals it’s possible to see here
Art, Wildlife, and Ecology with Hunter Gatherers
Visit an Arusha art gallery and curio market and learn more about Tanzanian and African arts and crafts. Also join a drumming workshop which incorporates a mixture of drumming styles (Ngoma) from all over Tanzania.
Go on a mini safari to Tarangire National Park (famous for its abundance of elephants and birds) followed by a visit to Lake Manyara with a walking safari.
Head out in to the bush, stopping off at Lake Babati on the way for a ride in a dugout canoe and view of the hippos. Learn about this rapidly growing, bustling town, I nthe heart of Lake Manayara region.
Visit the paintings, believed to be thousands of years old and likely drawn by local hunter-gatheres before heading to Lake Eyasi to learn about the Hadzabe, one of a handful of peoples in East Africa who still practice hunter-gathering. Join Hadzabe me as they hunt for wildlife and women as they collect tubers and fruit. Learn about the connection between hunter-gatherers and their environment and the importance of their lifestyle for conservation. Listen to elders tell traditional stories.
Enjoy a night in a lodge in Karatu – a town on the border of Ngorongoro crater – during the return leg of your journey to Arusha.
Ecology, Colonial history, and Swahili Culture
Learn how to cook Swahili food, how to use spices the Swahili way, how to make your own coconut milk, and Swahili styled baked goods!
Learn about the significance of the kanga, its history in east Africa, the patterns, designs and colours, how to wear a kanga and when!
Go on a journey of cultural and ecological exploration and discovery across country to the Eastern coast of Tanzania. Your journey will take you East and south following the Eastern arc mountain chain. Spend a night at Mkomazi game reserve in the Pare mountains before continuing on to the Usambara mountains. Learn about the colonial history of the Usamabaras and its’ ecology. Visit a biodiversity reserve, go n forest hikes and visit a vineyard at the local monastery and sample their wine.
After here continue on to Amani Nature reserve, learn more about it’s history ecological diversity and the many endemic species of this little piece of Eden. Go on a cameleon walk and take a hike into forest for wonderful views. Take a dip in the waterfall and simply enjoy the serenity and beauty of your lodge and it’s surroundings.
Transfer to Pangani and spend 4 days relaxing on the beach and learning about Swahili culture. Visit a Swahili fishing village, talk with women and fisherman about their way of life and visit local projects (TBC). Optional activities include boat trips to the sand islands and Marine Park plus snorkelling.
Swahili Culture Continued...
Spend a few days in Zanzibar, starting in stone town. Take an historical tour of the town, learn about Arabic influences within Swahili culture, Swahili architecture and stop at a popular Swahili restaurant for lunch.
Take a short boat ride to Prison island and learn about its’ history and interesting, unique residents!
Head to the beach! Optional activities include snorkelling, spice tours or a visit to Jozani National park famous for its red colobus monkeys.
Youth, Music, and Social Justice
Join up with a local film institute and work together on a short production
Visit a local music studio, record a track or simply learn about the musical process! Hear about the Arusha hip-hop movement, its’ importance for youth and the social justice movement in Tanzania from a local artist.
Visit to United African Alliance Community Centre and learn about social justice in American and Tanzania, the black power movement in the US and the personal experiences and journey of 2 ex-black panthers, now living in Tanzania, during the civil rights movement.