- Help street kids back on their feet
- Live with a local family
- Assist with reforestation
Experience living and working in both Arusha, the safari mecca of Tanzania, and at the exotic Indian Ocean coast. Live with a local Tanzanian family, immersing yourself in their Swahili culture and make an impact on life changing community and conservation projects.
Change the lives of orphaned kids living on the streets of Arusha, look after the rescued boys with the widest smiles and best break dancing moves, building them new homes and a safer future. Help teach deaf children on the slopes of the mighty Kilimanjaro and coach English and Sport in schools at the coast, while renovating their crumbling classrooms.
Get stuck into environmental conservation projects in each location, help with the reforestation of Mountain forests and Mangrove swamps, roping in the local kids to spread the word about the benefits of renewable fuels.
Go behind the scenes in a safari camp, working alongside the Maasai staff to learn about life in the African bush. Help the rangers out on safari and view the ‘big five’ in their unspoilt natural habitat.
Finally, help to preserve Tanzania’s proud tribal traditions by restoring ancestral homes and learning ancient dances and crafts in a cultural heritage centre.
Our aim is that you take in everything Africa has to offer by experiencing life in the wildlife-rich bush, the lush slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro and the historic Swahili culture at the coast. At weekends, relax on spectacular white sandy beaches and scuba dive pristine coral reefs, hopping on a boat to Zanzibar to soak up the famous chilled atmosphere and epic full moon parties. Up country, try your hand at camel riding and mountain biking through National Parks, climb to the top of Africa and safari to your heart's content!
How you help
You’ll become closely involved with communities in Arusha, Moshi and at the coast, the wildlife in Northern Tanzania and help out in a safari lodge.
First 6 weeks in the African Bush
Based close to Arusha and Moshi in Northern Tanzania - ‘the safari capital’ close to the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro and a short distance from some of the world’s best game parks – the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Serengeti.
Care for children in orphanages in Arusha. Play and coach sports, teach English and Art to children.Help with constructing and improving classrooms at a deaf school.
Help primary schools near Moshi with a reforestation initiative by planting trees on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.
Help to run an eco-lodge by Lake Manyara, training the Maasai staff and developing the camp. One day safari included into Lake Manyara National Park to see all the big game.Build bird feeding platforms, work with rangers and help with animal and bird identification.
Last 4 weeks based at the Coast
You'll be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s bustling coastal port. The beaches are wonderful with great opportunities to dive, snorkel and explore the coral reefs.
Teach English in primary schools
Plant mangroves along the coast and teach environmental studies with the Roots and Shoots club.
Help staff at Makumbusho cultural village in Dar es Salaam. Work with their various craftsmen, taking part in the traditional dances and assist in the restoration work of their traditional houses.
Three meals per day and clean drinking water are provided. Due to early starts basic breakfast of bread and butter or cereal/porridge, juices, fruit, tea and coffee. The main meal will be in the evening. This will be typical Tanzanian food such as: rice, matoki, beans, chapatti, chicken, fish or European meat dish with pasta, rice, vegetables, salads, fruit, bread etc. We will cater specifically for any vegetarians. Lunch will be a light meal or a packed lunch – sandwiches, fruit etc. Drinks – water, squash, tea, coffee will be provided. Drinking water will be boiled and filtered and safe to drink.
Tanzania has numerous animals and incredibly diverse bird life. Rhinos, lions, cheetahs, elephants, buffalos, impalas, zebras, antelopes, giraffes, baboons and a myriad of other wildlife birds and animals.
A one day safari into Lake Manyaya National Park is included - the big 5 are waiting! Safari in world renowned National Parks such as Tarangire, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, visit Maasai Bomas and tribal villages, take hikes on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro or climb the mighty Mountain herself, camel ride, bike through Lake Manyara, shop for art and crafts made by local tribes, enjoy the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, explore the alleyways and spice-filled night markets of Stone Town, snorkel and scuba dive in the Indian Ocean and search for wild dolphins to swim with.
Enjoy these extra benefits only available if you stay 10 weeks (Jan, Apr, Sept)
We appreciate that many choose the six week option for financial or other reasons but would highly encourage leapers, if they can, to stay for the full ten weeks – most do.
We are also very flexible and allow people the choice to extend from six weeks to ten weeks either pre departure, when you know how your fundraising is going or once overseas. The flights booked through STA travel are deliberately flexible to allow you to change your plans.
- dip your toes in the Indian Ocean and experience a completely different side to Tanzanian culture – the coast is predominantly a Muslim area, get used to hearing the city’s Mosque issuing it’s call to prayer.
- work with world renowned conservationists, helping to restore mangroves and plant trees alongside local children.
- stay with Mama Helen, the Leap’s caring and most charitable host for a true taste of local culture and amazing hospitality.
- learn first hand about Tanzania’s varied tribes through working at Makumbushu Museum and visit historical sites of the slave trade.
- learn to scuba dive some of the world’s finest coral reef, swim with dolphins and party with a unique mix of backpackers and Massai tribesmen on the beaches of Zanizibar!
- longer time to experience the culture and have fun overseas.maximise the value of the international flight, especially if you tag on some independent travel to nearby countries.
The whole team will be accommodated in a three wing serviced apartment in the Olorien area close to Mt Meru, about 7 minutes from Arusha. Two volunteers will share a room with en-suite toilets, living room, cable TV and private kitchen. There are cold water showers and a buckets of hot water will be provided for washing clothes. Arusha the safari capital of Tanzania is a bustling town with nightclubs, bars, restaurants etc. Similar accommodation will be provided in Moshi.
Camping In The Bush – safari phase
In the bush you’ll camp in comfortable safari style tents. It is recommended to bring a sleeping bag. Tents are mosquito proof. Shower and loos while camping are basic but running water is provided.
The accommodation is located in Mbezi Luis, a quiet residential area in Dar es Salaam and about 15kms from the beach. It is a newly built five bedroom house with a kitchen and two bathrooms. There are flushing toilets and electricity.
Weather and Seasons
It is warm and dry 25 - 40 degrees with sunny days and cool nights. The long rains are in April – June and short rains (if they arrive) in November. At this time of year you are likely to get the traditional African thunderstorm lasting about an hour or two, clearing the air, then it's hot. Or you may get a downpour at night and not get rain again for a few days. The coast is hot and humid during the months of September through to March.