Join the efforts of young environmentalists and aspiring biologists all over the world as part of Rustic’s Critical Issues environmental conservation program. Travel around Tanzania to aid in habitat restoration efforts, while you work alongside community members on projects that support development and conservation. Spend a day in one of Tanzania’s national parks to see the animals you are protecting in their natural habitat. Cap off your trip in eastern Tanzania to collect forest data and see how the hands-on projects you assisted with are measured and evaluated. 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.
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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!
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 day trips.
- 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 form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal. A wheeled bag is only suitable if it can be carried like a duffel over rough terrain.
- 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
- Sleeping bag (25-40°F or -5-5°C)
- Pillow with pillowcase/camping pillow
- 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 touch the top of the kneecap 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.