TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR

This teen summer adventure is pretty much a trip of a lifetime. After rebuilding schools on the plateau’s of Iringa town, a world class safari in Ruaha, ending your trip in Zanzibar….bliss!

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VOLUNTEER

In the quiet town of Iringa, our group will purchase paint and construction materials and rebuild a selected primary school from our partnering organization, IPHEE – Iringa Partners in Health, Education and Environment.

TANZANIA CULTURE

Tanzania is one of the most diverse countries in all of Africa. The country is home to the highest peak on the continent, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the game-filled plains of Selous, Ruaha  and the Serengeti, and the ancient, rich history of the spice islands – Zanzibar.

ZANZIBAR (TANZANIA)

You will be immersed in the history and vast array of Swahili, Indian, Arab and European culture. Learn about the slave trade, famous island spices and tour the World Heritage Site – Stone Town. And yes, plenty of beach time!

SAFARI

For one and a half days, you will travel both by foot and by 4 x 4 when game viewing in one of the last undiscovered parks in all of Africa, Ruaha National Park. This unique game reserves includes some of the highest concentrations of elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard and cheetah.

USEFUL DETAILS

Meals

While staying in the town of Iringa, volunteers will eat traditional African meals while conducting your volunteer work there. For breakfast, you can expect eggs cooked to order, bread and fresh fruit. Lunch and dinner will include ugali – a cornmeal staple; githeri – beans and corn; sukuma wiki – collard greens.

While on safari our group will be staying in modern lodge accommodations, which serve both American and African meals. In Zanzibar, American, Indian, Italian and African food options are available.

Climate

Iringa’s year-round temperature vary’s very little with a daily average temperature of 82 degrees with evenings averaging between 65 – 70 degrees.  The weather in Zanzibar during the months of June, July and August is pleasant with daily temperatures averaging between 80 to 85 degrees with often a light rain shower every other day or so.

The dry seasons in Tanzania is generally from mid-June to October and from late December to mid-March. The wettest months are November, April and May.

Living Conditions

Upon your arrival to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, our group will make the short six-mile drive from the airport to our 4-star hotel. In the morning you can enjoy breakfast and lounge by the pool until we catch our 1pm flight to the town of Iringa.

Volunteer work in Iringa – Iringa is a small, sleepy, beautiful town, which sits high on a plateau and is situated close to Ruaha National Park. Because of the size of the town, accommodations are few and amenities simple. Our hotel is located just outside the town market and a short drive to our volunteer work site.

During your time on safari, our group will be staying at a high-end lodge in the northern part of Ruaha National Park. You will be able to experience safari both on foot and by 4 x 4 vehicle.

In Stone Town, Zanzibar, our group will be staying at an old world, boutique hotel, called The Dhow Palace. Accommodations at the beach are also boutique lodging and boasts a private beach, pool and serves both American and African food options.

 

Volunteer Work in Tanzania

Expect to be covered in paint, and then some, while painting and conducting light construction work on both primary and secondary schools in Iringa. Bring a specific item of clothing that you won’t mind being wear & tear friendly and are happy to leave behind in Iringa.

Passport & Documents

Copy of passport (copy for parents & team leader)

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

In the event a passport is lost or stolen, another form of ID will be required for replacement at the Embassy in Dar es Salaam. Please bring your driver’s license and/or other form of ID with your picture on it. A photo copy of your passport will also be required. Replacement passports are completed within a 48-hour period.

Money

In Tanzania, US dollars must be dated 2010 to present year. Local currency and/or USD will be used for safari tips, shopping and misc. meals outside the allotted daily per-diem. Your team leader will oversee the conversion from US dollars to in-country currency and the conversion receipt will be given to your child for confirmation of exact amount(s).

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

Credit / Debit Card

Visa is the standard credit / debit card accepted throughout Tanzania. Master Card and American Express are not generally recognized. There are ATM machines widely available in the larger cities. Please note all ATM machines disburse foreign currency only. Credit card and/or debit card – make sure to call your credit card company / bank stating country of use and travel dates.

How to Dress in Tanzania & Zanzibar

While staying in Moshi and volunteering in the village of Mweka, conservative shorts, t-shirts and tank tops are permitted. Same goes for safari attire. Please note that Moshi is located in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro so expect cooler temperatures and some chilly nights.

In Zanzibar, conservative dress is required while staying in Stone Town – no exceptions. At the beach, regular swimwear and beach attire is permitted.

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)
Swimsuit(s)

Footwear
Flip-flops / sandals
Tennis shoes and/or hiking boots

Electronics
Digital Camera + extra batteries
Electronic plugin converter

MISC.
Sun hat / Baseball cap
Head Lamp (extra batteries)
Water Bottle
Light day-pack for safari/beach/city tours
Travel lock to secure luggage during travel
Sun screen / mosquito repellent /hand/baby wipes
Beach towel

LUGGAGE

You are allowed one suitcase on your trip to Tanzania with a maximum weight limit of 50 pounds. If your luggage is over 50 pounds there is a charge of $250 USD, which is not covered by The Zuri Project. Leave room for shopping items! You are allowed 2 carry-on, daypack size, pieces of luggage on all flights.

Lock all luggage with a universal travel lock. Distinguish your luggage by placing a ribbon/sticker on it. When landing in Dar es Salaam 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

Vaccinations

We strongly recommend that all participants take an anti-malaria medication, starting one-week before your departure date. Both Tanzania and the island of Zanzibar are high risk malaria areas.

If a participant is taking a prescription medication, a copy of the prescription must be given to the trip leader prior to departure date. In the event the medication is lost or stolen, we will be able to more easily replace the medication while in Tanzania.