Travel through Tanzania to aid both marine and mountain habitat restoration efforts, while working alongside community members on projects that support development and conservation. Snorkel the reef to see what you are protecting and witness the positive effects of reef balls. Learn about sustainable agriculture during a tour of a local coffee plantation. Spot iconic Tanzanian wildlife on a safari in one of the country’s most notable national parks. Return home an active global citizen and perhaps be inspired to do one thing each day to bring positive change to people, animals, and the environment in your community.
Components of a Critical Issues Program
- Deliberate Focus: Students explore specific global issues as they exist in communities around the world.
- Pre-Travel Engagement: Prior to their arrival in the program’s base country, students build an understanding of the issue their program focuses on through readings, film screenings, and ongoing learning opportunities.
- Program Content and Discussion: Students progress through a curriculum comprised of activities, discussions, and debriefs designed to expand their understanding and exploration of key topics.
- Program Staff: Program Leaders on Critical Issues programs have intimate local knowledge and an academic or professional background in the focus area.
Students love getting hands-on environmental conservation experience!
Not Offered in 2023
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.
- Photocopy of passport
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Book and/or journal
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Outlet power converter
- Additional community service forms
- Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the US State Dept but not required)
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (7)
- Underwear (7-8)
- Base layers (1 set)
- Pants/capris (2-3)
- Jeans (1)
- Knee-length shorts (2-3)
- T-shirts (5-7)
- Long sleeved shirt (1-2)
- Quick dry towel
- Rain jacket
- Hiking boots
- Hat (2 – 1 for sun, and 1 for warmth)
- Work gloves
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Tooth paste
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray with DEET
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contact solution
- Foam ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream
- Headlamp and spare batteries (2 sets)
- Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
- Sports games (Frisbee, soccer ball, etc.)
- Dress – Tank Tops and Short Shorts will not be permitted. Any shorts that do not cover the knee are considered “short.” In general, we expect our students to respect cultural norms and to dress accordingly.
- Laundry – You will have an opportunity to do laundry 1-2 times during the program.
- Outlet power converter—Tanzania has 230V Plug Type G outlets.