Immerse yourself in village life on this one-week service program in northern Tanzania, near Mt. Kilimanjaro. Help transform a primary school into a more effective environment and get a firsthand introduction to Tanzanian culture. Partner with the community to complete important school construction projects and increase students’ confidence in English and life skills by engaging them in activities. Take a break from service to learn about local life as you explore marketplaces and farms, and learn how to cook local staple foods like ugali. Live comfortably in a cozy village guesthouse, take in the spectacular scenery during a hike to a nearby waterfall, and try your hands at pottery after a demo from local craftswomen. This program is ideal for students who seek an immersive volunteer experience in a shorter period of time, or who want to connect with other programs in Africa.
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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)
- Base layers/long underwear (1 set)
- Pants/capris (4-5)
- Jeans (1)
- Knee-length shorts (1)
- T-shirts (5-7)
- Long sleeved shirt (3-4)
- Fleece/hoodie (2-3)
- Quick dry towel (1-2)
- Rain jacket
- Sneakers (1-2)
- Sun glasses
- Hats (2 – 1 for sun, 1 for warmth)
- Work/construction gloves
- Headlamp w/extra batteries
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Tooth paste
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray with DEET
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contacts solution
- Foam ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream
- Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
- Sports games (Frisbee, soccer ball, etc.)
- Sleeping bag (purely optional for comfort)
- Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
- Dry shampoo
- 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.
- Power outlet converter—Tanzania has 230V Plug Type G outlets.