Community Service & Safari Program
Come and have a life changing experience on one of our exclusive summer camps
Tanzania Summer Program:
Length: 21 days
Ages: 14 years +
Service Hours: 30-40 hours
Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania JRO
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania JRO
Fees: Contact us
What's included?: See here
Live and work at a local orphanage. Help make improvements to a schoolhouse and care for local children. Help students with basic math, English, computer skills, and work on the local Nambala Agroforest project.
Learn Swahili, explore markets, and visit the communal Maasai. Connect with and be inspired by social service organizations working to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Join us on the safari of a lifetime, trek deep into the Yaeda Valley, travel back in time 10,000 years with the Hadza hunter-gatherers, view the incredible ecosystem at the Ngongoro Crater, and visit Lake Manyara National Park
#1 Mt. Kilimanjaro & Mt. Meru
Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rises in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland of East Africa. Kilimanjaro's sister, Mt. Meru is Tanzania's second highest mountain.
#2 Overnight stay with Masai Warriors
The Maasai, an ethnic group of semi-nomadic individuals, live and hunt within the Maasai Steppe, a unique ecosystem in northeastern Tanzania that covers more than 15,000 square miles.
We join the Maasai in Engikareti Village for an overnight exchange where we play games with the Maasai children, learn traditional hunting methods, and exchange stories over an evening meal.
The Maasai also teach us about using the woodlands, mountains, and Simanjiro Plains for herding cattle and maintaining traditional lands within the Maasai Steppe. Our interaction with the Maasai is continually cherished as we observe our commonalities with compassion and curiosity.
#3 Lake Manyara National Park
Stretching along the base of the golden Rift Valley, the landscape of Lake Manyara is celebrated by Ernest Hemingway in Green Hills of Africa as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa.”
Elephant scratching posts, wildlife tracks, and hyena hairballs mark the way to the Elephant Caves where elephants and buffalo dig for life-sustaining minerals in the soil. Areas like this are the perfect opportunity to see how African animals act in their natural habitat!
#4 Elephant's & Elephant caves
#5 Great Rift valley
The Great Rift Valley is a 4,000-mile crack in the earth’s crust, stretching from Lebanon to Mozambique. It’s one of the world’s most important sites for the study of human evolution.
Community Service Hours:
Working at a Local Orphanage (assisting with construction-based projects, teaching local children)
Nambala Agroforest (planting local organic herbs), HIV/AIDS Treatment and Education Centers
A Certificate of Community Service indicating the total number of hours worked and a Presidential Volunteer Service Award will be issued upon successful completion of the program.
Safari: Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater with Maasai Guides, Elephant Caves, Ngorongoro Forest
Swahili Language: Formal lessons and exposure within the community and country
Explore: Arusha, Yaeda Valley, Hadza Tribe, Maasai Steppe, Lake Eyasi, Great Rift Valley, Local Coffee Farm
Waterfall: Endoro River Nature Trail, Northern Highlands Forest Reserve
Cultural Immersion: Maasai, Iraqw, Hadza communities
Hike: Mt. Meru Waterfall
We sleep in bunkbeds in a dormitory. While on safari, we sleep in tents. Showers are available; however, we shower every three to four days to conserve resources and support sustainability. Bathrooms will vary between western flush toilets at the orphanage to safari style bathroom tents during the safari.
Arrival (Day 1-2):
After we’ve all gathered at the departure airport, we depart on the escorted flight for Kilimanjaro Airport. Once we arrive in Arusha, we head straight to the orphanage to settle into our home for the next 15 days.
Community Activities & Service (Day 3-13):
For the next 13 days, we join in the daily routine at the orphanage, helping to maintain the facilities, teach, feed, and care for the children. This orphanage was established in 2011 to help children whose parents have been affected by AIDS and HIV.
On Day 11 and 12, we join the Maasai, a Nilotic ethnic group, at their camp in Engikareti Village for an overnight exchange. While there, we get a glimpse of daily life, play games with Maasai children, and exchange stories over an evening meal.
During our down time, we receive formal Swahili lessons to help us develop our local language skills. We meet local coffee farmers, learn how to make traditional Maasai ornaments and batiks, visit a Maasai community and market, and explore other markets of Arusha.
Safari Adventure (Day 14-19):
After completing our work, we head to the Rift Valley to our camp in the highlands where we will make camp for the safari. It’s our once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet with one of the world’s last nomadic tribes, the Hadza.
Then we jump in our 4X4 safari trucks and head out to Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara in hopes of spotting the “Big 5”: elephant, cape buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard.
Farewell & Homeward Bound (Day 20-21):
We say our final farewells to the children at the orphanage and board our escorted flight back home.