Gap Year in Tanzania
The first name that would strike anyone as soon as he/ she thinks of wildlife safari, can be nothing but Tanzania! This country is home to some of Africa's most popular national parks, the gorgeous Lake Victoria, as well as the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro rising above the Serengeti. A thrilling and adventurous hub for student travelers in their gap year, Tanzania turns out to be a popular destination offering numerous scopes for community service and volunteering opportunities to the enthusiasts. And to add more to this, there lies the pristine island of Zanzibar beyond the Tanzanian mainland, that can never fail to offer a unique experience to all its visitors.
With the aim of providing exclusive experiences to all those who are looking for meaningful journeys, GoDiscoverAbroad has crafted some amazing trips that involve the goodness of volunteering service along with breathtaking safaris, as well as off-beat explorations that you won't find anywhere else. Let procrastination take a back seat, start chalking out your gap year plans to go and discover the land of 'The Great Migration', Tanzania.
Gap Year In Tanzania
In case you are wondering 'how to plan my gap year in Tanzania?' - then we can surely help you out in this! Go Discover Abroad has some amazing and affordable gap year tours and volunteering programs in Tanzania. Not only will you get to contribute towards the developing societies in Arusha and Zanzibar, but you'll also get incredible opportunities to explore the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Regions, and witness the Big 5. Just decide what all experiences you want and leave your gap year planning on us!
Volunteering in Tanzania
Wanna join in the leagues of responsible travelers and proudly wear the badge of a ‘Changemaker’? Our volunteering projects in Tanzania are perfect for the thirsty travelers who have been looking for some ways to leave a trail of warm, fuzzy goodness for something more meaningful. Be the reason for an ear to ear smile on the face of a little one or empower the rural communities to make a better future for themselves and their next generations. Your volunteering tryst in Tanzania will be nothing less than a learning journey.
You can either acquire a visa before traveling from a Tanzanian embassy or acquire one upon arrival. You can obtain single-entry and transit visas on arrival at the port of entry into Tanzania. However, multiple-entry business visas cannot be issued at the point of entry and you must obtain these in advance through Tanzania's embassies. For more info, you can refer to link.
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 Tanzania, 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.
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 Tanzania. 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.
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&B, Cholera. Yellow Fever vaccination is a must for all travelers visiting Tanzania.
Swahili is the official language of the country while English and Bantu Swahili serve as the working languages in Tanzania. 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 cover your personal expenses, such as eating out, local transport, the internet, shopping, weekend trips etc. However, you should carry around 50-60 USD per week for your basic personal expenses. The amount might run higher if you choose to go on Safari trips. The cost of the safari trips varies between 300-600 USD depending on the safari option you choose. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in SA, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity.
Casual, comfortable clothes are key when traveling in Tanzania. During the day it is hot, so it is advised to keep lightweights clothes in breathable fabrics. It is very important to note that camouflage or military clothing is not permitted. It is also best to avoid dark colors to keep yourself from attracting that extra heat when out in the daytime. Night time and early morning game drives could have a chill-factor so it's best to pack in a light sweater or some fleece shirts, scarfs etc.