Culture and the Crater

Culture and the Crater

Service buffs will enjoy this rustic, two-week intensive program. Spend most of your days completing service work in a village outside of the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania. Work on infrastructure improvements at the local primary school, and lead English lessons with the students. Spend a day with a nomadic tribe, the Hadzabe, learning about their unique lifestyle. Reward your hard work with an incredible safari through the crater, spotting as many of the 25,000 species as possible that inhabit the area.

Students love our programs in Tanzania!
Departure Dates

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With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile

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.

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Carry-On

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Camera
  • Outlet power converter
  • Additional community service forms
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Check Luggage

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.

Clothes

  • 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)
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Swimsuit
  • Pajamas
  • Quick dry towel
  • Rain jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (2 – 1 for sun, and 1 for warmth)
  • Work gloves

Toiletries

(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Bug spray with DEET
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam ear plugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream

Miscellaneous

  • Sleeping bag (25-40°F or -5-5°C)
  • Pillow with pillowcase/camping pillow
  • Headlamp and spare batteries (2 sets)

Optional

  • Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
  • Sports games (Frisbee, soccer ball, etc.)
Important Reminders
  • 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.