You'll surely get some frowned looks when you'll tell people that you're going to travel to Mozambique during your gap year. Not a common choice for sure, this Southeast African nation has much to offer to the travelers - from palm-fringed beaches to diverse flora and fauna, turquoise waters and warm people, delicious cuisine and lots of activities! You can club your gap year journey in Mozambique with that of the neighboring countries, like Swaziland, South Africa, and Madagascar, to experience the best of the region. With GDA, you'll get to live near the pristine beaches of Tofo and volunteer for the Marine Conservation Project as well.
Well, we know that Mozambique isn't quite an obvious choice for gap year travelers. However, there's so much in store for you in this African wonderland, that you'll be completely surprised and mesmerized. Having a long palm-fringed coastline along the Indian Ocean on the east, Mozambique is nothing less than a beach lovers paradise. You'll be bestowed with different kinds of adventure trips and volunteering projects which will enable you to work with the underwater ecosystem and the marine life.
Imagine how amazing it would be to attend an advanced scuba diving course, and learn more about the life under water. GoDiscoverAbroad has crafted the tours keeping in mind the need of the travelers and we'll provide you with the best of everything that Mozambique has in store. Soak up in the sun at the gorgeous beaches of Tofo and experience the authentic lifestyle, explore the nearby cities and have an experience worth remembering.
Gap Year in Mozambique
Voluntours in Mozambique
As the name suggests, GDA has some amazing volunteer & travel options for you, to add the right dose of adventure that you are seeking. Being a part of the voluntours, you'll get to learn the art of scuba diving (from the professionals) and get an Advanced Certificate as well! You'll be working for the Marine Conservation Projects, that'll give you ample scope to get closer to the lives under water. You'll also get to travel extensively in Mozambique, and also beyond the borders, with your fellow travelers.
Explore the country and turn your gap year journey into the most memorable trip of your life.
Citizens of all countries can obtain a visa on arrival at all border posts if they have documentation to prove they are traveling for leisure purposes (return ticket, accommodation confirmation or invitation letter). This visa is valid for 30 days and is expandable up to 60 days. Maputo Airport recently began accepting credit card payments for visas.
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, our programs accommodate will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Mozambique, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
We advise our participants to consult with their physicians about the vaccinations/immunization and get the ones suggested. Overall it is recommended for you to take immunizations against Malaria, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. Yellow Fever Vaccination is a must for travelers visiting Mozambique.
It is essential that you fly in on the scheduled project start dates and end dates to get the complimentary airport transfers, so book your flights accordingly. Many projects have different airports slated as pick-up points information about which will be included in your pre-departure kit. Your project coordinator will be picking you up, just keep your eyes peeled for a GoDiscoverAbroad Sign Card and a friendly face with a big smile on it!
We’re on toes, all the time when it comes to the safety of our volunteers. Upon arrival, we will give you a comprehensive talk on the do’s and don’ts around Mozambique. We provide 24/7 volunteer support and our program coordinators are also there to assist with in any case. As with traveling anywhere you just need to use common sense. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be just a little cautious.
Portuguese is the only official language of Mozambique and about 60 different Bantu languages are spoken in the country. However, English is spoken in all of the tourist spots like beaches, hotels, lodges etc. Your coordinator will be fluent in English and you will also be inducted into the common local language (a few essential words and phrases really!) in your orientation sessions. So, what language barrier, really?
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Mozambique. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 40-50 USD per week is more than sufficient. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Zambia, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity.
Mozambique has become a travel hotspot in Africa because of its stunning beaches, so don’t forget to pack in those swimwears people! Pack in those natural fabrics and a good lot of lightweight, loose-fitting clothes to keep yourself cool, and keep away from dark colors altogether! Evenings can be chilly during the June-to-August winter season; pack a light windbreaker, and a lightweight waterproof jacket during the rains. When visiting the traditional communities or meeting elderlies, be sure to don those conservative attires.