Tanzania

 

Student Travel in Tanzania

Explore Tanzania with No Barriers Youth Programming

No Barriers Youth offers a student travel experience of Tanzania you won’t find elsewhere. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Maasai, photograph the world renowned wildlife on safari, and volunteer with impfactful NGOs.

Travelers can also:

  • Explore the largest unbroken caldera in the world through the the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Learn about the traditions of the Maasai people through a cultural exchange in the Engikaret Maasai Village
  • Engage with local students through a service project in conjunction with our partnership with Roots & Shoots, founded by Jane Goodall

What to Know Before Taking Educational Trips to Tanzania

Tanzania has a population of almost 52 million people. Over 100 unique languages are spoken in Tanzania and its population is composed of multiple ethnic and religious groups.

Tanzania has a stunning and diverse geography with the towering Mount Kilimanjaro and the massive bodies of water including Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika. With 16 national parks, more than 37% of Tanzania’s land is set aside in protected conservation areas.

Today, Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. A recent Global Hunger Index ranks Tanzania’s situation as “alarming.” Children suffer high rates of malnutrition and chronic hunger, especially in rural areas. For groups, Tanzania is unmatched with regards to its natural landscape and the ability to immerse students in rural communities and help make an impact.

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East Africa Environmental Conservation and Safari

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania! 
  • Evening: Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha (JRO). Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to the hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse, Moshi 
Day 2: Introduction to the Jane Goodall Institute! 
  • Morning: After breakfast at the guest house, spend the morning with the members of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) discussing various aspects of environmental conservation. Meet students from JGI’s youth-led community action program, Roots & Shoots, who will be your service partners for the next several days. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch with Roots & Shoots students, go trekking through a local coffee plantation alongside your new friends, and visit Mweka College, the pioneer institution of wildlife studies and ecotourism in East Africa. 
  • Evening: Have dinner at the guest house, as well as an orientation for the rest of the week and debrief the day. 
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse, Moshi 
Day 3: Mt. Kilimanjaro Cultural Immersion 
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the guest house. Then head to Mweka Village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where you’ll learn more about the issues of climate change and the impact of deforestation. Learn from the mamas of the local village and try your hand in traditional cooking and harvesting,  
  • Afternoon: Have lunch with the mamas and enjoy a taste of what you all participated in making. Enjoy your afternoon with Roots & Shoots students playing different soccer games. 
  • Evening: After dinner at the guest house, debrief the day. 
  • Accommodation:  Guesthouse, Moshi 
Day 4: Rau Forest Field Study 
  • Morning: Have breakfast at the guest house, then drive to Rau Forest. Step into the Rau Forest Reserve and learn to conduct environmental surveys alongside the Tanzanian students from Roots & Shoots, guided by our friends from JGI. 
  • Afternoon: Have packed lunches at a picnic area alongside your Roots & Shoots friends. After lunch, split into groups and collect vegetation data from small plots known as transects, and learn how the data you collect can help assess the health of the local ecosystem.  
  • Evening: Have dinner at the guesthouse. Join the mid-trip debrief to discuss various lessons you’ve learned from the community.  
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse, Moshi 
Day 5: A Walk in the Wild 
  • Morning: Have an early breakfast at the guesthouse. Start off your safari experience with a walking safari through Arusha National Park. Escorted by park rangers, hike through the park and spot giraffes, zebras, baboons, and other wildlife native to the slopes of Mt. Meru. 
  • Afternoon: Enjoy a picnic lunch in the bush and journey to a hidden waterfall.  
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner prepared by safari chefs at the campground. Spend your night under the starry African sky at a safari campground, guarded by rangers for your protection.  
  • Accommodation: Campground, Arusha National Park 
Day 6: Tarangire National Park 
  • Morning: After an early breakfast at the campsite, hop back into your safari cars ready to explore Tarangire National Park, the home of the densest elephant population in Tanzania.  
  • Afternoon:  Enjoy lunch at a picnic site, then continue to enjoy a scenic game drive as your experienced guides teach you about the animals, their behavior, and their environment. Head back to the campground in the late afternoon. 
  • Evening:  Appreciate the magnificent panoramic view of Lake Manyara National Park, and later, the stars above at the campsite. Enjoy a delicious dinner and turn in early, ready for an early morning drive to the crater. 
  • Accommodation: Migombani Campsite, Ngorongoro National Park 
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater 
  • Morning: Enjoy an early breakfast at Migombani Campground. Start the drive into Ngorongoro. Descending into the crater, absorb the breathtaking views of animals and the surrounding landscape.  
  • Afternoon: Eat your lunch at the hippo pond, and then continue with the game drive. Depart the park and head back to Arusha. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a local barbeque dinner at Khan’s barbeque in Arusha. Participate in the No Barriers closing ceremony and reflect upon all your experiences throughout the week. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Arusha 
Day 8: Kwaheri Na Safari Njema, Tanzania! 
  • Morning: Have breakfast at the hotel. Head out to Arusha town for some last-minute souvenir shopping. Visit a local artisan social enterprise, if time permits, where persons with disabilities make high-quality crafts and goods. 
  • Afternoon: Depart to the airport for your flight home. 

Culture and Service in East Africa

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania! 
  • Evening: Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha (JRO). Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to your guesthouse to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Village Guesthouse, Usa River 
Day 2: Service with a Purpose! 
  • Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the guesthouse before a brief orientation to the week. Head to the village to meet with the village leadership, then head to the service site to start service. 
  • Afternoon: Lunch at the village prepared by local chefs. After lunch head back to service site for more service. Engage in an interactive education exchange session with local students. Enjoy cooking and cow milking lessons from the local mamas. 
  • Evening: Dinner at the guesthouse. End your day debriefing your experience so far in the community. Participate in the No Barriers Opening Ceremony to set the tone and direction for the week ahead. 
  • Accommodation: Village Guesthouse, Usa River 
Day 3: Service with a Purpose! 
  • Morning: Breakfast at the guesthouse. Head back to the service site and jump back in to the day’s work. 
  • Afternoon: Enjoy a traditional lunch in the village prepared by local chefs. After lunch, head back to service site and continue your project. End the afternoon with a hands-on pottery lesson from the local mamas. 
  • Evening: Dinner at the guesthouse or in the village. End your day debriefing on the service experiences in the community.  
  • Accommodation: Village Guesthouse, Usa River 
Day 4: Service with a Purpose! 
  • Morning: Breakfast at the guesthouse. Head to the service site and dive back into your project! 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, head back to the village for a closing ceremony with the community and enjoy a traditional dance lesson with your hosts. End your afternoon with a photo session and interactive games with the local students. 
  • Evening: Dinner in the village followed by a mid-trip debrief around a bonfire. Pack for an early morning departure for your safari. 
  • Accommodation: Village Guesthouse, Usa River 
Day 5: Tarangire National Park 

 

  • Morning: Have an early breakfast before saying goodbye to your community hosts! Hop into your safari cars ready to explore Tarangire National Park, the home of the densest elephant population in Tanzania.  
  • Afternoon:  Lunch at a picnic site. Continue to enjoy a scenic game drive as your experienced guides teach you about the animals, their behavior, and their environment. Head back to the campground in the late afternoon. 
  • Evening:  Appreciate the magnificent panoramic view of Lake Manyara National Park, and later, the stars above at the campsite. Enjoy a delicious dinner and turn in early ready for an early morning drive to the crater. 
  • Accommodation: Migombani Campsite, Ngorongoro National Park 
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater 
  • Morning: Enjoy an early breakfast at Migombani Campground. Start the drive into Ngorongoro. Descending into the crater, absorb the breathtaking views of animals and the surrounding landscape.  
  • Afternoon: Eat your lunch at the hippo pond and then continue with the game drive. Depart the park and head back to Arusha. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a local barbeque dinner at Khan’s barbeque in Arusha. Participate in the No Barriers closing ceremony and reflect upon all the experiences throughout the week. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Arusha 
Day 7: Kwaheri Na Safari Njema, Tanzania! 
  • Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, head out to Arusha town for last minute souvenir shopping. Visit a local artisan social enterprise, if time permits, where persons with disabilities make high-quality crafts and goods. 
  • Afternoon: Depart to the airport for your flight home. 

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader