|Location||NOLS East Africa|
|Tuition||$19,025 Learn about Financial Aid|
|Start/End||Call Admissions (800)710-6657|
|Fly in/out||Call Admissions (800)710-6657|
High School Credit
“Summiting the active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai, and Africa’s highest point, Mt. Kilimanjaro, were two of the most difficult, yet most rewarding endeavors I’ve ever taken on, and each day those accomplishments motivate me to take risks and work my hardest as I continue on with my college career, because I know that with just a little determination, I can do nearly anything.”
There’s nothing quite like seeing the remote wilderness on your own two feet, carrying all your own gear on your back while gaining the tools necessary to become a great leader in the backcountry and at home.
Backpacking courses often hike three out of every four days. You’ll travel in small hiking groups so you have more opportunities to lead, make decisions, and map read as you move through beautiful wilderness. Hiking days begin early when you light your stove, cook and enjoy breakfast, and then organize and pack your pack.
You’re usually hiking by mid-morning. Lunch on the trail might be bread you baked the day before, or a trail mix of nuts and dried fruits. You may stop for a short class on natural history, or to learn how to cross a river, travel through boulders or snow, or move over a high pass. When you arrive at your new camp location, you'll first spend time choosing a Leave No Trace site and organizing camp, then you’ll prepare a well-deserved dinner. If the day was long, a short evening meeting may wrap up the day. If the hike was short, there may be a class or discussion.
From the cultural opportunities of traveling with local liaisons and students to spending extended time with families who call your destination home, you will develop a new, deeper understanding of the world while on an international NOLS course.
Tanzania will change the way you understand the world. Home to Africa's highest peak (Kilimanjaro) and the famously wildlife-packed Ngorongoro Crater, savannah and rainforests, Tanzania has much to offer to visitors and inhabitants alike.
You will not only become skilled in navigating the unique equatorial environment, but you will also become familiar with those who call it home. From the cultural opportunities of traveling with a local liaison to spending extended time with Tanzanian families, you will get to know this country on a deeper level.
A NOLS course in East Africa will take you far from the tourist track of luxury lodges and European chefs as you explore the real Africa on the ground, backpacking and camping. The people you travel with will only enrich your experience. A cultural liaison will blend his or her local knowledge with the expertise of your NOLS instructors, who are trained to U.S. standards and are the best in the industry.
You'll also get to know the fauna that calls this region home. On your safari section you'll focus your binoculars on baboons and zebras and your brain on zoology, geography, and conservation.
Develop your leadership and outdoor skills, meet new people, and discover new cultures while exploring this diverse region of East Africa with NOLS.