Student Travel Programs in Tanzania
Since 2006, Rustic has introduced students to the people and cultures of Tanzania. Between safari trips and Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs, students are exposed to indigenous tribal groups, such as the Maasai of the Great Rift Valley and the nomadic Hadzabe, who still maintain traditional lifestyles. Students also work alongside villagers on collaboratively designed service projects, enabling them to integrate with the community and develop a local perspective.
Meet Team Tanzania
After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in wildlife ecology and conservation, Natalya’s penchant for travel, community service, and pad thai guided her straight to Rustic Pathways programs in Thailand after graduation. After leading summer, groups, and gap programs for two years in Southeast Asia and India, Natalya now spends her time in the United States doing outreach with schools, and in Tanzania program managing. She loves hiking, camping, and tasting all of the local cuisines along the way.
Hailing from Karatu in northern Tanzania, Jackson is an invaluable member to our Tanzania team. Always full of energy and entertaining our students with his jokes and stories, Jackson instantly becomes a favorite on our programs. Having a wealth of knowledge about the region, Jackson is constantly looking for ways to innovate and tweak our programs to improve the experience for our students and the communities in which we operate. His enthusiasm for sharing his culture with our students make our programs in Tanzania that much more impactful.
Originally from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s economic capital, Tusa attended primary and high school in Kampala, Uganda. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Dar es Salaam and now lives in Arusha, Rustic’s base in Tanzania. Tusa joined Rustic in 2016 seeking new challenges, friends, experiences, and above all fun! She loves to exchange ideas, share insights into her country and all it has to offer, and learn about the world through Rustic’s students. A mother of two daughters, Pauline, 7 and Megan, 18 months, Tusa is loved by Rustic students for her big heart and motherly care.