Explore Tanzania through service and cultural exchange
Combine your hunger for travel with your commitment to helping others. On this course, you’ll explore Tanzania while emphasizing service learning and cultural immersion. You’ll camp throughout, developing leadership and outdoor skills, pushing yourself physically and emotionally, and having fun. Your course will take you from the Ngorongoro Crater, where wildlife awaits around every corner, to the Olduvai Gorge, the home of early humanity. You'll find yourself watching the sunrise on the savannah and meeting Maasai, Bushmen, Datoga, and Chaga people in rural villages. You’ll also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture, develop language skills, and serve the communities you’re traveling through.
This course is divided into three sections. The sequence of the sections varies by year. You will spend most of your time in rural and backcountry areas. Between sections you'll either come back to the NOLS campus in Arusha or use the amenities of Karatu to rest, do laundry, shower, check email, reorganize equipment, and outfit yourself for the next section.
As you travel, developing leadership skills will be a key focus. For example, navigating challenging terrain is an opportunity to develop tolerance for adversity, while working together with your group and managing group dynamics develops skills in communication. Throughout the course, interactions with the people you meet are an opportunity to develop skills in communication and cultural competence. You’ll finish this course as someone ready to be a thoughtful international traveler, wilderness explorer, and leader in your community.