Hakuna matata and a warm welcome to Tanzania! Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as we travel into the heart of this stunning country to get a true taste of African culture and wildlife. We will get to know the country like locals as we learn about the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam and exchange both our time and culture with a local school for girls, participating in activities with them as we grow to learn about both ourselves and our new friends.
Informational Meeting Details
A TFT representative will give a short presentation and answer your questions.
Date: Wednesday, June 12th
Location: Nauset Regional High School – Room A107
DAY 1: DEPART FROM THE USA
Group flight departs from Boston (BOS) to Dar es Salaam!
DAYS 2-3: Dar es Salaam
Karibu! In Dar es Salaam, our days will be full of a variety of cultural activities that will show us the real Dar. We’ll visit the National Museum of Tanzania to learn about the history and natural environment of Tanzania.
Take a guided bjajaj (tuk tuks) tour of the lesser-known parts of the city to get a sense of what true Dar es Salaam culture feels like. We will learn about the socio economic structures and issues of these neighborhoods, visit buzzing markets, chat with local coffee brewers, and enjoy street performers and the art of artists from the area.
We will end our time in Tanzania with a delicious final dinner high up on a Arab style rooftop restaurant looking out over Msasani Bay while we reflect upon the East African adventures that we’ve had and the memories we’ve made with new friends.
DAY 4: DAR > MOROGORO
After breakfast our real adventure begins! We will travel to Morogoro with a private bus, having lunch en route. Upon our arrival, we will receive a warm greeting with a traditional welcome song from the students at the school.
DAYS 5-9: SEGA SCHOOL CULTURAL EXCHANGE
This visit to the school is the heart of this trip. You will work on projects focusing on life skills and leadership training, as well as forming bonds with the students. Most of the students are from highly disadvantaged backgrounds and many of them arrived to the school suffering from very low self-esteem. We continue to help address this important issue by helping the students build confidence and leadership skills through a variety of games and activities. Together you will work on hands-on projects including assisting with the organic gardens, Anti-Ivory Club activities, cooking lessons, and many others. We will also have the unique opportunity to visit the homes of some alumni who live in the area.
DAY 8: MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast, we will depart the lodge and and drive to nearby Mikumi National Park, a part of Tanzania’s lesser-known, but equally amazing, Southern Circuit. Try to spot the Big Five as we drive deep into the bush to take the roads less traveled before heading back to Morogoro for our final evening.
Day 9: Waterfall Hike & Transfer to DAR
Go on a beautiful hike through the surrounding mountains and enjoy a dip in a waterfall as we spend our final day with our wonderful hosts! Then it’s time to head back to the school, say our goodbyes to our friends, and make the journey back to Dar es Salaam where we will catch our flight home!
DAY 10: Arrive back to the USA!
Kwaheri, Tanzania! Until we meet again!
Deadline to register: October 1, 2019
Within three days of registration: Deposit of $250
Balance is due in three equal installments on October 15, November 15 and December 15, 2019.
Airfare will be due by November 1st, 2019
Trip must be paid in full no fewer than 60 days before departure, by December 16, 2019.
*Once a trip has been confirmed (i.e. has enough people registered for the trip per the terms of the proposal), all parent payments become non-refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Travel For Teens?
We are in our 18th year in the teen travel business and have emerged as the industry leader for teen travel in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America and Oceania.
Our philosophy: We offer genuine and authentic trips for travelers, not tourists.
Our goal is to engender a passion for learning about other cultures and places through living like a local in that place.
How much is tuition and what does it include?
Tuition for the trip is $2495, which INCLUDES all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, accommodations, transportation, entrance to museums/events, taxes and tips.
Tuition does NOT INCLUDE airfare*, beverages other than filtered water at meals, laundry, souvenirs, shopping, visas and visa application fees, personal and medical expenses, activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary, excess baggage fees, damage to hotels, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. transportation delays or natural disasters), or Trip Cancellation Insurance** (Travel Protection Plans).
*Airfare – Once the group is confirmed, a group flight contract will be determined based on flight path/times/costs. Flights are not included in the $2495. Airfare is projected to cost between $1200-$1600.
*Please consider that this trip involves long travel days and some very different cultural aspects. You will be sharing accommodations with fellow students, trying new foods, experiencing new things, and stretching your comfort levels.
**Trip Insurance is not included in the tuition but will be mandatory for students to purchase. The price of insurance is anticipated to be about $170-$200 depending on the cost of the flights.
If I cannot afford the payment schedule listed above, does Travel For Teens provide flexible payment plans?
Yes, Travel For Teens is willing to customize a payment plan for any participant who needs a little flexibility in the payment schedule. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on payment plans.
How much is trip cancellation insurance?
Trip cancellation insurance will be mandatory for all participants and is not included in your deposit payment. We feel that this gives everyone more peace of mind in case of unforeseen events. The trip cancellation insurance, if purchased directly from Travel For Teens, is $196 for the standard plan. You may also choose to purchase a more comprehensive cancel-for-any-reason insurance for $350. All paying participants will need to provide proof of an independently-purchased policy if not purchasing the plan offered by Travel For Teens.
How much is airfare? How do the flights work?
There are several flight paths from Boston (BOS) to Dar es Salaam (DAR) and from Dar es Salaam (DAR) on the return back to Boston (BOS). Actual flight prices may vary depending on flight availability and route. TFT Estimates options between $1200-$1600 per person.
Travel For Teens will book and double check all student and chaperone plane tickets. Airlines no longer allow us to guarantee or pick passenger seats ahead of time without paying a ‘select a seat charge’. This ranges from $9 to $100 each way depending on the airline. While we can try to get people grouped to sit near each other, the only way to guarantee this is to pay extra.
Who can go on this trip? Who are the chaperones?
This trip is open only to Nauset Regional High School students. Space is limited and is awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
Preference will be given to seniors. All travelers will be subject to administrative approval.
The chaperones for the trip will Ms. Noelle Smith and a second Nauset High School teacher to be named in the fall.
Sorry parents, this is only for the students and the accompanying faculty from the school.
Are parents allowed to go on this trip?
Participants will be traveling without a parent. Adults associated with Nauset Regional High School may contact the lead chaperone if they wish to come as an additional chaperone.
What happens after I register?
Once your deposit is paid, you will receive an email that confirms your registration.
You will receive another email that contains your USERNAME and PASSWORD to MyTFT. All forms to be completed by parents and physician as well as packing lists, travel tips, travel insurance information, and other important information can be found on the MyTFT portal (hard copies of the essential legal/medical forms can be mailed to participants upon request). Our contract and release must be signed by all custodial parents (or guardians) and the participant. We will host a second meeting in advance of your departure to go over all last minute questions and details.
Where do we stay?
We stay in fun and safe accommodations throughout the program. The names of the accommodations are available to all families once they have signed up for the trip.
Single rooms can be requested and will cost $70 additional per person per single. Note: singles must be requested at the time of registration to be guaranteed.
Trip Emails & Photographs
We will take dozens, if not hundreds, of photos each day. The best photos will be posted as regularly as possible (ideally every day) to a private webpage where you can follow along with the trip. We will send you an email to alert you when we post new photos. We will provide every family a link for downloading all pictures immediately after the trip returns. All photos can be purchased in high resolution after the trip via digital download ($50) or USB ($75).
The trip director will be in regular email contact every 24-48 hours, internet willing, with the families. Email will be the best way to communicate messages to the Trip Director.
Safety, Sickness & Communication
SAFETY AND SICKNESS
The safety of your kids is our #1 concern, which is why we have only experienced trip leaders running the show.
All trip leaders and chaperones will have international mobile phone access and TFT will give you these numbers before departure.
The TFT trip leader will also have a smartphone that is accessible 24/7 that can be called in case of emergency.
Your students will be given opportunities to call and email home on a regular basis. Teens are encouraged to bring a cell phone on the trip. Outside of the hotel students can use their cell phone for photos/videos and emergencies. At the hotel, they can use their smartphones for social media, texting, emailing etc.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid. We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.
What is the food like on a TFT program? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
In a word – delicious! At TFT, we believe food should be an integral part of the travel experience and always make an effort to eat at authentic establishments when we can. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place than by sampling the local delicacies, and we encourage students to do so whenever possible! Just as we stay away from Americanized hotel chains, we try to avoid restaurants with menus that cater only to tourists because every good traveler knows the best food is found wherever the locals are eating!
We also love to have picnics al fresco and do this whenever possible, which is a great way to taste some local food while sitting out in the fresh air taking in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.
As always, we are willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
Do I need to speak the language?
No, our skilled staff members will help you get around and even teach you a few fun phrases!
Are participants allowed to have their cell phones on the program?
We do allow participants to bring their phones, but we ask that they use it solely as a camera when we are out and about during the day. We want everyone to focus on living in the moment and fully experience each new destination we are visiting without being absorbed in their phones. We ask that participants look at their journey with us as a way to disconnect. When we have downtime at our hotels in the evenings it is okay for participants to use their devices to connect with friends and family back home.
What is the activity level of this trip?
This is an active trip. The goal of the trip will be to maximize each day. We aim to achieve a good balance of activity and downtime. You will need to be comfortable walking about 5 miles a day in total.
Tanzania Thoughts and Reflections by Jazzy Silva, Monomoy High School traveler Feb. 2018
Week 1: Dar es Salaam
We stayed in a beautiful hotel for the first week of this trip. There were roughly 4 people to a room and we had the luxury of having a working AC unit in our room. We woke up for breakfast sometime between 7 and 9 AM each day and had traditional Tanzanian chapatti (similar to a crepe or flat pancake but has a bit of a sweet taste) and small bananas/plantains in addition to the many local fruits and clean water.
We had a private bus and would depart on it each day for whatever adventure we were off to. We took a tuk-tuk (also called bajaj, basically a three-wheel motor vehicle) tour of the city which was one of the most eye-opening experiences for me personally.
We walked around a local market where people were auctioning off clothing and got to experience how Tanzania’s buy and sell their food. There are massive piles of fruits you’ve never seen before and all sorts of spices. We also had the opportunity to walk through a slum in Dar es Salaam. In the slum, we saw small houses, not any bigger than the size of your classrooms, where four or five families stay together.
There is no public trash collection system that reaches to the slums so any trash is thrown in this small river, or basically, anywhere you can keep trash. It was mind-blowing to see the contrast between all of our green technologies with the slum that is forced into polluting their rivers.
In the slum, we met an elderly woman who specializes in herbal healing, as no one in that area has access to advanced medical care and medications. She told us that the area has a high infant mortality rate due to the fact that they have limited herbal remedies to give newborns. We also learned about the sense of community that a slum creates. These people have very little money and an entire community will save up so one child can get an education, be successful, and give back to those who supported him. All the families are so close that there’s almost no crime because it’s like having one big family.
Still in that same city tour, we got to meet men who produce traditional coffee. Its really strong so only the hardcore coffee lovers drank more than a cup. I personally don’t drink coffee but it was so cool to watch them grind the beans and carry the coffee pot and cups while walking along streets to sell them.
Week 2: Morogoro
We then drove 6 hours to Morogoro, a smaller town outside of Dar. There, we stayed at SEGA (sey-ga) a private all-girls school. This paper/speech would be a hundred pages long if I went into details so this will be a brief overview.
We spent some time with the girls who are the ages of middle school and high school students. We were given breakfast, lunch, and dinner in private accommodations at the school. Breakfast was eggs, toast, and a variety of jams, butter, and fruits like avocado, watermelon, or mango. Lunch was typically white rice and beef stew. Dinner varies a ton but my favorite dinner was chicken and rice with watermelon.
We went to an orphanage with the girls from the school and donated jugs of water and bags of various food products. The kids are the cutest and will absolutely steal your heart.
My absolute favorite part of the trip was going with the girls to a waterfall. We hiked up a mountain and swam in two waterfalls. The cold water felt good since it was well over 90 degrees. We also went on a safari and saw elephants, giraffes, lions, and all sorts of other animals
- Bring aloe vera
- Bring hand sanitizer, the vast majority of public bathrooms have no soap
- The majority of bathrooms also have no toilet paper so you may want to bring tissues or napkins in your backpack
- Try to avoid crop tops and super short shorts, you won’t get yelled at or anything but Tanzanians are very conservative
- We visited a Mosque so you may need to bring a scarf or wrap to cover shoulders and head
- You will have incredibly limited access to wifi and service, as in you’re lucky if you get any
- Pack sunglasses
- If the water isn’t in a sealed bottle, don’t drink it. They don’t have clean water systems as we do in the US so please do not drink any tap water
- Make sure any meat or fish is fully cooked
- Tanzania is a generally dusty place, do not bring your white Nikes or Converse, red mud or dust will be a pain to get off!
- Girls: Don’t bother bringing a straightener or hair dryer, it’s so humid your hair will puff up in two minutes
- Bring your reusable water bottle!!!
- This is a huge safety tip: if you are walking along, make sure cameras, phones, wallets, anything valuable is deep in your backpack. No one will come up and forcefully take something from you but if you are waving around your new iPhone, you are giving in to opportunistic theft.
- Wear neutral colored clothes on a safari, anything but neon colors
- Tanzania’s hot, do everyone a favor and bring some good deodorant
- To say hello say “jambo” locals will use it when they see you walking by, it’s a very friendly culture