Tanzania: Coastal and Maasai Cultures

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Tanzania: Coastal and Maasai Cultures

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Travel from Dar es Salaam along the Tanzanian coast to Tanga, Arusha, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, experiencing the diversity of Tanzania’s cultures, ethnic groups, and environments on this immersive high school summer abroad program. Learn about Swahili culture and Tanzanian arts while meeting with educators, artists, and musicians. Learn Swahili through the program’s formal and informal language instruction, and practice your language skills with your host family and other Tanzanians you meet throughout the program. Together with your group, participate in a series of community-driven service projects, such as teaching English in a rural school or engaging in an ecosystem management project.

Experience the vast differences between urban and rural Tanzania, and the country’s diverse ethnic communities. During your stay in the coastal city of Tanga, learn about the role of Islam in Tanzanian culture and wake up to the morning calls to prayer. During the program’s first homestay, experience daily life in a Swahili coastal community; then, travel into the bush to experience Maasai culture during the program’s ten-day stay in a Maasai village.

As your Tanzania Experiment unfolds, witness the country’s changing landscapes and breathtaking beauty. Visit the foothills of Mt. Meru, the second-largest mountain in Tanzania. Go on daylong game drives to see baboons, hippos, giraffes, elephants, and lions, and take eco-safaris at Arusha National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Orientation: Dar es Salaam, 4 days
Homestays: Swahili coastal community, 9 days; Maasai community, 10 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels, community center, camping

Subjects

  • Culture
  • African Studies

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