MOZAMBIQUE

If you’re a lover of all creatures underwater, this trip is for you! And for sandy beach worshipers, the leatherback baby turtles are calling your name.

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VOLUNTEER

Photograph, tag & collect data on the largest, and harmless, ocean fish –the whale shark. Record and monitor dolphins and seahorse populations, and collect data on loggerhead and leatherback turtle nesting sites.

CULTURE

Mozambican’s continue to practice and express their ancient customs and traditions through their love of song, poetry, dynamic dance and performance. Volunteers will get a chance to learn the traditional hunting dance, the Chopi, when visiting the village of Chibuene.

DHOW SAFARI

Set sail on the ancient African ship – the dhow. She will sail us through the Bazaruto Archipelago islands – UNESCO. Snorkeling, exploring, beach camping and cooking over an open fire. Quite a rare adventure to scratch off your bucket list!

DIVING / SNORKELING

You will be snorkeling throughout your time in Mozambique. If you are PADI certified, there will be plenty of opportunities to participate in open water dives. All volunteers need to feel comfy when playing in the Indian Ocean!

USEFUL DETAILS

Meals

Mozambican cuisine is best characterized as a mixture of African, Portuguese and Indian food traditions. Samosas, every type of seafood you can imagine, coconut sweet bread, and it goes deliciously on and on. During your volunteer work in Tofo, vegetarian meals can be arranged and please note that a large amount of seafood is served.

Climate

Mozambique enjoys a warm and tropical climate year-round, with an average temperature of 82 degrees. The hottest month is February with an average temperature of 90 degrees and evenings temperatures consistent at 78 degrees.

Living Conditions

During your time spent at base-camp in Tofo, volunteers will stay in chalets with traditional thatched roofs. The accommodations are dormitory style and sleeps between 4-12 people. All the chalets have running, drinkable water as well as an open living area with ample room to relax outside. The rooms are fitted with bunk beds, mattresses, mosquito nets, sheets and pillows. There are shared toilet and shower facilities.

How to Dress in Mozambique

Expect comfortable to hot temperatures during your time in Mozambique. You’ll be pretty much living day-to-day in bathing suits, shorts and short sleeve/tank tops. When flying in country and visiting the village of Chibuene, more conservative dress is required.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

You do not need to be PADI certified for this trip. However, the majority of your volunteer work takes place in the ocean so you must be very comfortable in the water.

Passport & Documents

Copy of passport (copy for parents & trip leader)

Passports must be valid for 6 months upon return to the US or you will be denied entry into the country.

Your tourist visa is obtained upon arrival at the airport in Mozambique. (Included in trip cost)

Money belt and/or similar, to keep cash and passport secured

In the event a passport is lost or stolen, another form of ID will be required for replacement at the US Embassy located in the city of Maputo, Mozambique. Please bring your driver’s license and/or another piece of ID with your picture on it. New passports are provided within a 48-hour period. A photo copy of your passport will also be required.

Money

US dollars must be dated 2010 to present year. Unlike other African countries, US dollars are not widely accepted throughout Mozambique. Local currency will be used for dhow safari tips, shopping and misc. meals / snacks outside the allotted daily per-diem.

Your team leaders will oversee the conversion from US dollars to in-country currency. The conversion receipt will be given to you for confirmation of the exact amount(s). Banks and ATM machines are common throughout the smaller towns we will be visiting.

Upon return to the US, if you bring back with you a large sum of foreign currency, The Zuri Project will buy your foreign currency and pay you in US dollars.

Credit / Debit Card

Visa is the standard credit / debit card widely accepted in Mozambique. Master Card and American Express are not recognized. Please note all ATM machines disburse foreign currency only. If you are planning to use a credit / debit  card, make sure to call your credit card company / bank stating country of use and travel dates.

Safety

Mozambique is one of the most stunning countries in the world, yet one of the least visited. In 2017, Mozambique celebrated its 25th year of peace since the end of their civil war. In 2015, the country was declared mine-free.

Your entire time in Mozambique will be spent in and around the coastal towns of Praia do Tofo and Vilanculos, which is considered very safe. Our number one priority is the physical and emotional safety of our kids.

A more detailed outline covering safety issues will be included in your Mozambique program welcome packet.

WHAT TO BRING

CLOTHING

Tops
Short/long sleeve t-shirts
Light rain jacket
Tank tops
Skirts
Top/Jacket for cool evenings

Bottoms
Long/regular length shorts
Capris (optional)
Linen pants (optional)

Footwear
Flip-flops / sandals
Tennis shoes and/or hiking boots
Water Shoes for snorkeling, HV diving & protection from coral reefs

Electronics
Digital Camera + extra batteries
Electronic plugin converter

Swimwear / Other
2+ bathing suits (In ocean for 2 weeks!)
UV shirt+ for snorkeling to protect from sun
2 beach towels
Snorkel / dive mask
Sunscreen!

MISC.
Sun hat / Baseball cap
Head Lamp (extra batteries)
Light sleeping bag for camping in Masa Mara (light weight 50 degree+ bag is good)
Tiny travel pillow if desired for flight / Masa Mara
Water Bottle
Light day-pack for safari/beach/city tours
2 travel locks to secure luggage/bags during travel
Laundry bag – machine washing available
Mosquito repellant
Hand / Baby wipes

LUGGAGE

You are individually allowed one suitcase on the designated trip. Weight limit is 50 pounds. If over 50 pounds there is a charge of $250 USD, which is not covered by The Zuri Project. Make room for shopping items! You are allowed 2 carry-on, daypack size, pieces of luggage on all flights.

Lock all luggage with universal travel lock. Bring an extra lock for your daypack(s).

Distinguish your luggage by placing a ribbon/sticker on it. When landing in Nairobi there will be over 200 black suitcases and we want to be sure to find yours!

Liquid Items

Due to new flight regulations, you are only allowed to bring on the plane with you one, large, clear, plastic zip-top bag of liquid items such as lotion, hand sanitizer etc. You are free to pack any type/volume of liquid items in your checked luggage.

MEDICATION

If your child is taking a prescription medication, carry prescription medication in its original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. In the event medication is lost, this will ensure that your child will receive the same medication without issue.

Vaccinations

As a whole, The Zuri Project does not require any vaccinations in-order-to participate, other than an updated Tetanus shot. With that said, Mozambique does require proof that participants received a vaccination for Yellow Fever, otherwise you will be denied entry into Mozambique.