Highlights
  • Volunteering with local children at a village primary school
  • Meeting local families and learning about Tanzanian society firsthand
  • Seeing zebras, elephants, lions, rhinos and more on an African safari
  • Hiking to a waterfall on the side of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Seeing firsthand the nomadic lifestyle of the Masai
  • Learning African dance, percussion, bead making and even how to throw a spear

Over the course of 10-days, our time will be split between the relaxed village life of Moshi and the Big-5 game parks that Tanzania is known for. 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.

Trip Description

Uncover Tanzania’s rich culture by experiencing the traditions of the Chagga people. You’ll teach basic English and math to local children, learn to speak a bit of Swahili and practice traditional batik and bead making.  You’ll visit coffee farms and banana plantations and meet the Masai nomadic tribes.

Tanzania is also renowned for its natural beauty, including its world-class safaris and the famed Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll take a nature walk along the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and visit a stunning waterfall. You’ll also visit two of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves- Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. While there, see up-close a pantheon of wildlife in their natural habitat. Finally, visit with the Masai to learn about their unique, age-old nomadic culture by throwing spears, learning tradition dances and even making jewelry. Speaking with the elders of the tribe is like taking a step back into time.

Your Community Project:  You will assist in a local primary school teaching English and basic math. Volunteer alongside teachers to develop instructional aids and make improvements to the curriculum. When not in the classroom, you will help to improve the infrastructure of the school by planting gardens and building classrooms.

 

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Tanzania: Safari & Service

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Really superb trip--highly recommended! July 2017

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This trip was really superb, starting with the folks like Alex in the San Diego office to our tour guide in Havana, Orelvis (a perfect gentleman if there ever was one--and he seemed to know absolutely EVERYTHING about Havana), and our driver, Boris (who was an extremely safe driver, and the SUV that was our transportation was a practically new Honda), and our friendly hostess at the casa particular (B&B).

But at breakfast at the casa particular, keep in mind the CDC guidelines for healthy travel: cook it, boil it, peel it (yourself) or FORGET IT. So the bowl of fruit and the fruit juices? Pass them up in favor of coffee and toast. I know that sounds boring, but after I got home, I ended up in the hospital emergency room for dehydration due to e-coli--my fault for not following the CDC guidelines.

Also, to get up to my room at the casa particular, I had to climb a narrow, curved marble staircase--I took extra care not to fall either on the way up or on the way down.

The activities and attractions were first rate (but you must keep in mind that you're on "Cuban time," and not everything runs like a Swiss train). From the Hemingway house to the canon ceremony (which I loved even though it was a substitution for another event that was unexpectedly closed) to the jazz club (again, we went to one jazz club that for some reason didn't work out, but no problem--Orelvis took us to another jazz club recommended by his supervisor in Havana) to the art museum to the Malecon to the outdoor terrace at the Hotel Nacional and more, it was amazing how much we saw of Havana in about 72 hours.

There were only four people on the trip, and that was both a good thing and a bad thing--good because each of us received a great deal of attention from Orelvis and bad because two of the four didn't want to follow the itinerary and often went off on their own and then kept the rest of us waiting for them to return (highly frustrating--finally Boris said, "the schedule is the schedule," and we stopped catering to them). One of them spoke fluent Spanish--good for her--but I did wish that Orelvis had curtailed the lengthy conversations that she initiated with him, which the rest of us could not understand.

Two of my favorite activities were ones that I arranged myself: attending the world-class ballet at the gorgeously restored el Gran Teatro and then taking a yellow 1950 Chevrolet convertible with an Italian driver, who was an absolute hoot, back to the casa particular.

And the food at the private restaurants known as paladars was first rate. We even had lunch at one that Anthony Bourdain recently featured on his CNN travel show "Parts Unknown."

Just a small word of caution: sometimes there wasn't enough bottled water in the SUV in which we were riding, especially when we were dropped off at the casa particular at night. Make sure that you have plenty of bottled water with you at all times. (The CDC even recommends that you brush your teeth with bottled water.)

I also wish I had brought another pair of shoes with me because with all of the walking in the heat of the Cuban sun, my feet swelled. Fortunately, I had brought some Band-Aids with me, which helped cushion the sore spots.

I highly recommend this trip--to my way of thinking, it's much better than taking a cruise ship that only docks in Havana for one or two nights--and the "Havana Weekend Getaway" is the most popular trip to Cuba that is offered by Discover Corps, as I learned from Orelvis.
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Does Not Recommend

Truly fake. Similar to visiting ‘Paris’ in Vegas. May 2017

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Truly fake. Similar to visiting ‘Paris’ in Vegas.

It is advertised as volunteering, family friendly and building international network to help undeveloped countries and nature where scientists are involved. The reality is that it is a typical student back-pack trip. There are no activities for children under 12 to participate too either fun or educational. Young, good natured girls are not scientific personnel and the local people disliked anything American. It felt like a prison and a ‘ghetto’ where you devise a cause, do something without the community’s support that deeply affects their lives (ex-poachers) and be high-minded that you are actually helping. Social division, looking down on people and experiencing poverty is not what I wanted to participate in. I am very upset that this has happened and that no one was interested afterwards.
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Recommends

Great trip! October 2016

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've just returned from a two week trip to Peru. I'm aware that there are variables in any program that determine one's experience. I feel that I won the lottery with this trip. Our host, Miguel, is so connected to his country and his local community. He gave us close experiences with so many aspects of Peruvian life. In addition to the depth of experience, Miguel was very vigilant about the safety of his group. He also has the culturally appropriate means to give substantially to members of his community. He showed us his heart and we will go forward on our journeys with him in our hearts.
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Looking forward for more trips with them! August 2016

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  • Activities 5.0
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  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
From the first time I talked with the team at Discover Corps, I was excited. They are deeply committed to creating authentic interactions for their travelers and hosts alike. Their passion is contagious, and infected our entire group with enthusiasm, openness and a spirit of sharing and adventure. I am still cherishing the memories from our trip and looking forward to more in the future.
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Was deeply impressed by their professionalism and their passion. April 2016

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
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I recently had the pleasure of meeting the entire Discover Corps team at HQ and was deeply impressed by their professionalism and their passion. I have worked alongside many travel companies for over 15 years and never before have I met a team so personable and caring about their clients, the in-country communities they work together with, and the conservation of wildlife they share through their adventures. Discover Corps has a vision that truly revolutionizes the way people not only travel but transform the world. As a wildlife biologist, I absolutely can not wait to go on my first trip with DC...now to decide which one to start with! Thanks to the amazing DC team for taking the time to share so much information with me about your programs, as well as the purpose behind these trips as a way to experience the world through engagement and curiosity.
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Itinerary

What You'll Do

Over the course of 10-days, our time will be split between the relaxed village life of Moshi and the Big-5 game parks that Tanzania is known for. 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.

What You'll See

We’ll balance our time lending a hand in the school with exciting cultural activities around the village and a 3-day excursion to three of the best safaris in East Africa. Take a nature walk to a stunning waterfall along the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Learn to make traditional batik art and visit a coffee cooperative that supports local women. 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. See a pantheon of wildlife in their natural habitat, including zebras, lions, leopards, elephants, wildebeest, and rhinos.

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Pricing details:

  • Child price starts from $2,795
  • Optional SRS: $250
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 7 nights bed & breakfast lodging in Rau Village, outside Moshi
  • 2 nights at a safari park lodge in Karatu
  • Volunteer project: all supplies and materials
  • All activities: guest speakers, hands-on workshops & performances
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • All excursions: nature hike at base of Kilimanjaro & three world-class safaris
  • See itinerary for details
Trip Excludes
  • International Airfare
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visas
  • Phone calls, laundry, or Internet costs during the trip
  • Extension: $250 one-way domestic flight supplement
Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 9 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 20
Start City
Kilimanjaro
End City
Ngorongoro Crater

Trip ID#: TanEasAfrDisCor

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