Program Overview

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 community enrichment. We will get to know the country like locals as we embark on a week-long cultural exchange with a local high school, participating in service projects and activities with them as we grow to learn about both ourselves and our new friends. Together with our host students, we will participate in community enrichment projects, such as spending time with children at a local orphanage and learning about sustainable farming techniques.

After our time at the high school we will head to up north to some of the best game reserves in the country, including Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Eyasi. We’ll spend our days in the bush viewing wild game and our nights under the clear, starry skies. We will even have the unique opportunity to visit and connect with local tribes, which will provide valuable insights into how people have existed in the area for thousands of years and the many ways that they continue to preserve their cultures today.

No trip to Tanzania is really complete without a visit to the idyllic island of Zanzibar! We will finish this epic adventure learning about the completely different cultures that live peacefully side by side while enjoying the picturesque beaches and ocean that surround this one of a kind island. When it’s time to leave, you’ll be able to say, “asante sana,” Tanzania, knowing that you have shared with her just as much as she has with you.


$6495 + $250 Intra-Trip Flights + Airfare

  • Jul 15 - Jul 31 Available

17 Days

Finishing Grades

9, 10, 11, 12

Who Can Go On This Trip?

Students from around the world!

Places We Visit

Morogoro, Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam, Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve, Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Monduli Mountains, Marangu Mtoni, Foothills of Kilimanjaro, Stone Town, Kwale Island, Prison Island

Optional Group Flight There

New York (JFK) to Dar es Salaam (DAR)

Optional Group Flight Back

Zanzibar (ZNZ) to New York (JFK)



During this program, you will…

  • Work alongside the students at a local school and experience an immersive cultural exchange while earning up to 20 hours of service credit by participating in projects both on-campus and in the community
  • Descend into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive to spot Black Rhino, elephants, lions, and wildebeests
  • Go on a tracking adventure with the Hadzabe Bushman tribe and learn about how their hunter-gatherer way of life is being threatened
  • Spend time at a traditional Maasai boma to better understand this ancient culture
  • Spot the Big Five as we drive deep into the bush to take the roads less traveled on our safari
  • Discover the bustling city of Arusha at the base of Mt. Meru
  • Take a breathtaking hike to a waterfall in the foothills of Kilimanjaro
  • Visit a local food production business to learn about entrepreneurship in rural communities
  • Snorkel through crystal clear waters and if you’re lucky, swim with dolphins!
  • Learn about spices and how to cook traditional Swahili food from a village local

Trip Itinerary


Say a big “Jambo!” to Tanzania! After collecting our luggage, we will head to our hotel Dar Es Salaam. We’ll have some time to relax and freshen up before setting out to explore the city and get dinner.


Karibu! Now our real adventure begins! We will travel to the SEGA school in Morogoro by private bus, stopping for lunch along the way. We have the unique opportunity to stay overnight on the high school’s campus and spend each day working directly with the students!

After a warm welcome from our hosts, we will dive into some icebreakers to get to know each other better, along with a brief lesson on some common Swahili words and phrases.

During our days at the SEGA school, we will participate in cultural exchange and service projects at the school and around the community. Projects include working with Sustainable Farming Tanzania, APOPO, the Amani Center, and working alongside SEGA students on their community outreach program.

You can learn all about our service partners and the projects we will be working on down below!

We will enjoy our last evening with our wonderful hosts savoring a delicious Swahili meal, singing, dancing, and recalling stories of our time together over the past few days!


We will say farewell to our new friends and head to Arusha to begin our safari adventure!


This morning we will head into Tarangire National Park. Try to spot the Big Five as we drive deep into the bush to take the roads less traveled! Enjoy the Tarangire’s mob of elephants, baobab trees, bird varieties, great landscape, and of course the Tarangire River. We’ll enjoy a nice picnic lunch under the baobab trees as we take advantage of this full day on Safari


After an early breakfast, we will depart the lodge and and drive to Ngorongoro Crater, where the stunning ethereal blue-green vistas are simply breathtaking. The famous Crater is a World Heritage Site and situated at the eastern edge of the Serengeti. Though the views from above are beautiful, the real magic happens when you descend down into the world’s largest unbroken caldera, nearly three million years old and considered “Africa’s Garden of Eden.” It is a haven for thousands of wild game, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, rhino, Thomson’s gazelle, and buffalo. We will descend into the Crater for game viewing and drive among this unparalleled concentration of wildlife, including the highest density of both lions and overall predators in Africa, as well as the last of the remaining Black Rhino.


This morning our guides will introduce us to the Hadzabe Bushman Tribe that inhabits the area. This is a hunter/gatherer tribe that lives much as they have since the Stone Age. They hunt for small game with homemade poison arrows and gather berries, nuts, and honey. They have no permanent home, preferring instead to make shelter of leaves and other bush each night. As human activities and agriculture have increased, their very existence is under constant threat. It is considered a very special privilege to have the opportunity to learn firsthand about their culture and lifestyle.


This day is full of cultural experiences as we trek through the Rift Valley and the forest of the Monduli Mountains. We’ll visit a Maasai boma (homestead compound) and Maasai villages along the way with our guide. Here we will learn firsthand about the Maasai culture from the Maasai people themselves, a very unique opportunity to gain insights into the most famous of the area’s tribes.


Our morning starts early as we drive to Marangu Mtoni, where we will meet our guide and visit the home of the locals who accompanied the first recorded climber of Mt. Kilimanjaro as his guide in 1889. We will also have our choice of two beautiful waterfalls to hike to before visiting a traditional Chagga house where we will learn more about their culture as we enjoy a hot, local lunch carefully prepared by the women in the village who participate in this cultural program with us. After lunch, our guide will take us to see a historic site in the Makundi area where we will visit caves used to protect people during the Maasai-Chagga wars in the distant past. We will also visit blacksmiths who still use traditional methods to prepare tools as well as a local woodcarving school.


This morning we wave goodbye to the snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro as we fly towards crystal clear waters that are more breathtaking than any others in Africa and possibly even the world!

After settling into our accommodation we will wander through the city with our local guide who will take us on a historical and cultural journey through Darajani Marketplace (for amazing souvenir shopping), the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, and the Sultan’s Palace. You will discover that Stone Town is a very lively place where you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian, and European cultures living comfortably together. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for cars to pass, you will see mosques, churches, and temples built side by side.

We will visit the Former Slave Market Site, where slavery was put down in the late 1800’s. As more people learn about the issue of modern-day slavery, this International Site of Conscience becomes an increasingly poignant reminder that millions of people around the globe are still denied freedom and basic human rights. We will finish our first day of island life with dinner at Forodhani Gardens, one of the best street food markets in all of East Africa.


Get ready for a full day of Zanzibar’s favorite pastime: a Safari Blue Cruise! We will spend the entire day travelling on a traditional dhow boat around the southern coastline of the island. This magical journey will take you on an exploration of the Indian Ocean from Fumba Fishing Village to the Menai Bay Conservation Area. Our day will include snorkeling at a sand bank, swimming, relaxing, exploring the Kwale Island lagoons, refreshingly cool drinks, and a seafood buffet.

In the sandbank we will snorkel, sunbathe, and swim. There are experienced snorkeling instructors who will show you the coral reef and point out the tropical marine life that we will encounter. There is a chance that you will see and even swim with both Indo-Pacific humpback and bottlenose dolphins! After snorkeling, there are ice cold drinks, fresh coconut, and local snacks to enjoy on the dhow. In the afternoon we will take the dhow to Kwale Island, where we will feast on a barbeque buffet of fresh fish, lobster, calamari, and fries with a variety of sauces, all served from a sizzling hot grill.

For the rest of the afternoon, you can either relax and sunbathe or swim in the natural lagoon surrounded by beautiful mangrove forests. We will set sail back to Fumba in the late afternoon for our last night in East Africa, where we’ll enjoy a delicious Zanzibari dinner at one of the most famous rooftop restaurants in all of Stone Town, watching the glowing African sunset over the ancient town and the ocean beyond.


Time to get your spice on in true Zanzibar spice culture fashion! Today we will enjoy a spice tour on a local farm and afterwards explore a nearby village. A local woman will show us how she farms and together you will collect cassava leaves to make a local coconut milk-based sauce. We’ll cook the sauce together in her outdoor kitchen and then eat a delicious Swahili-style lunch in the village, sitting down together as Zanzibaris traditionally do.

After our spice tour and lunch we will journey to Changuu Island, though better known to most as Prison Island. Our dhow will pick us up from the shores of Stone Town, setting down anchor three miles away on the beautiful beach of Prison Island. The prison, now owned by a hotel, was built in 1893 and was originally intended to house violent prisoners as well as sick people from the mainland. You will get the opportunity to visit the tortoise sanctuary, which contains a large colony of giant tortoise imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. The average weight of these creatures is 440 lbs, and many of them are said to be over 150 years old. If you’re lucky, you will get a chance to meet the oldest of them all – keep an eye out for the scarred shell of this 193-year-old tortoise! Get your spinach leaves ready for feeding the tortoises and taking some awesome tortoise selfies. After we say farewell to our new tortoise friends, you can either enjoy the marine life as you snorkel around the coral that fringes Prison Island or simply relax under the warm glow of the sun until you head back to Stone Town.


This morning will have time to shop for any last-minute souvenirs and enjoy the beach one more time before head to the airport to catch our flight home. Kwaheri, Tanzania! Until we meet again!


Our Community Service Projects and Partner Organizations

Secondary Education for Girl's Advancement (SEGA)

In Tanzania, women and girls face numerous hardships that prevent them from obtaining a quality education including early or forced marriage, exploitation, a high burden of domestic chores, and teen pregnancy. These hardships, along with poverty, contribute to thirty thousand girls drop out of secondary school per year in Tanzania (World Bank).

The COVID-19 pandemic is undoing years of progress to girls’ education including parents passing away, having limited ways to make money, and not having the fund needed to return to school.

SEGA, was established in 2007 to provide an opportunity for highly vulnerable Tanzanian girls to escape poverty and exploitation, receive a quality education, and gain the skills and credentials necessary to thrive in Tanzanian society.

The school provides girls in need academic instruction, an environmental program, an entrepreneurship program, as well as an “Education for Life” program, which includes course units on sexual reproductive health, HIV/AIDS awareness, early pregnancy prevention, counseling, leadership, and public speaking skills.

This program allows our travelers the unique opportunity to live on campus for the week at this special school and have a meaningful cultural exchange with the students, all while participating in supporting their mission. During our time at the school we will participate in projects around campus as well as other initiatives to support to community.

SEGA's community outreach program: Modern Girl Program (MK)

The Education for Life program at SEGA has been so successful that in 2016, SEGA administration decided to bring the program outside of the school walls and to the surrounding communities, to broaden its impact on vulnerable girls. Thus, The Modern Girl (Msichana Kisasa,“MK”) Community Outreach Program began.

You will host a community outreach project together inviting local boys and girls to join the MK Program lesson and activities of the day. You will work directly with MK Mentors to organize group activities for youth in the community and have the unique opportunity to discuss the overcoming challenges of growing up in Tanzania. You will participate in the lesson, distribute school donations and socks, and engage in a cultural exchange including games and other engaging activities with kids between the ages of 10 – 18.

This is one of the highlights for our travelers and an exciting opportunity that is exclusively for our participants!

Amami Centre Morgoro

This center is a home for families and children with disabilities. In Tanzania it is common belief that a child born with a disability means either the child or mother was cursed by god and they are often cast aside, abused, or neglected. This organization provides a crucial safe haven. They do not receive any government aid or funding so our volunteer work with the Amami Center is extremely valuable to continue providing support and assistance as well as raising awareness.

Sokoine University of Agriculture, APOPO Facility

Over 60 countries around the world are contaminated with hidden landmines and other explosive remnants of war, causing tragic accidents and preventing communities from developing their productive land. Simultaneously, slow and inaccurate detection methods make tuberculosis the world’s most deadly infectious disease, with millions of cases going undiagnosed each year.

APOPO is committed to protecting people and the planet through innovative solutions using trained rats and other scent detection animals. Their mission includes deploying cost-efficient mine action solutions, accelerating tuberculosis control, and researching innovative applications for scent detection animals.

You will have the incredible opportunity to visit the Sokoine University of Agriculture campus to learn more about the work APOPO is doing with scent detection rats and participate in hands on activities with the animal science department.

Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania, Organic Value Chain Project

Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) is committed to revolutionizing small-scale farming in Tanzania through agroecological practices. Their initiatives focus on economic empowerment, improved livelihoods, environmental conservation, and social development for a sustainable future. The Organic Value Chain Project (OVCP) by SAT aims to promote organic farming in Tanzania for healthier people and a sustainable environment by raising awareness, creating market demand, and empowering farmers. You will work with the SAT to learn about their OVCP initiatives and participate in a hands on project related to sustainability and agriculture.

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"I went to Tanzania for three weeks and going into this trip I was so excited to meet girls living at a boarding school and to work in an orphanage. I was excited to meet all the people that I would be staying with and going on safaris. What I wasn't expecting was to have my outlook on life changed forever. When we landed in Dar es Salaam after two long flights, we were greeted with the most love and joy I have ever seen and felt. Everyone was smiling and waiting to help us in any way they could. I was so overwhelmed at how amazing these people were. After being greeted we began the drive to our first hotel. On the way, I saw the poverty throughout the capital, but what I also saw was smiles. Smiles everywhere. I saw mothers carrying their children along the streets, with no shoes on; but they were still smiling and talking happily to each other. Not only did I see this is the capital, but I also saw this with the girls and the orphans. These girls had nothing but their uniforms and books, yet they were so happy. They always thanked us for any little thing we did. I will never forget one time a sweet girl about my age (16), cried out of happiness just from me sitting with her and making friendship bracelets. The little kids in the orphanage that had been living there since before they could remember were all joy. All they wanted to do was hold your hand and be next to you. These things will always stay with me, not because I got to go to Africa, or see zebras and lions and giraffes up close, or meet some amazing people who I still keep in touch with today, but because I saw people who realized that life is not about what you have, it's about who is in your life and how you chose to live it."

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of teen typically participates in this program? What are the requirements to join?

Teens from all over the world join this program! Typically, our participants are culturally curious  individuals who are excited to make new friends, experience something unique, and interested in stepping out of their comfort zones and expanding their horizons.

This program is exclusively for students who are currently in grades 9th through 12th and approximately 14 to 18 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join!

Where do we stay?

Our hotels are chosen specifically in safe areas and are well suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. We do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities; we prefer to select smaller, family-run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.

In Dar es Salaam our hotel is located outside of the bustling city and on its very own stretch of beach. In Morogoro we will stay at a guesthouse in a very secure area that is under the supervision of the local girls’ school with whom we have partnered for the project. During our time in Arusha we will stay at a game lodge with two-three people in a room. During the gamedrive portions of our trip we stay at guesthouses. We finish up the trip at a hotel within walking distance to all major sites and the infamous, white sand beaches of Zanzibar.

For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for the program.

Do most travelers go on their own?

Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!

If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! We ask that if you do come with a friend, you and your friend(s) maintain openness to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.

What do students like most about the Tanzania Service & Safari trip?

On the Tanzania Service & Safari trip, students love that this program takes them out of their comfort zones and on an incredible journey through all the best parts of Tanzania. The broad range of experiences and sights gives them unparalleled nature and wildlife, incredible vistas of unbelievable locations and a boatload of cultural experiences and activities. They form close bonds with their fellow travelers and the locals they meet and work with on this unforgettable journey!

What is unique about the Tanzania Service & Safari trip?

The community service component of this trip is nothing short of captivating. The days are incredibly rewarding; making friends with the locals and building leadership skills while learning firsthand about each other’s cultures. The Tanzania Service & Safari program is also one of our more adventurous programs that captures the best of this diverse and fascinating country.

What is included?

Tuition cost includes ground transportation; accommodation; chaperones and guides; program-related activities and admissions; taxes and tips; all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

Not included in cost (this is not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; visas and visa application fees; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.

How do the optional group flights work?

Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss the program’s flight details. There is no requirement to take the group flight, but there are several advantages to doing so. The group flight is usually chaperoned by a TFT staff member, and it also offers an opportunity for the students to get to know one another prior to the start of the program. Parents are responsible for coordinating transport to the departure airport – however, the logistics team will send out instructions detailing the exact meeting spot and airport point person. For additional information about flights, visit our dedicated flight page.

Who leads the program?

Our staff is a cut above the rest! We seek out two main characteristics in our counselors – extensive knowledge of and experience in our destinations, and a passion for working with teens. Our staff’s backgrounds include living abroad and working in summer camps or other educational settings. Team members are proven leaders and role models, who connect easily with others and form genuine friendships with each student – all while bringing each destination to life.

We celebrate diversity! Our staff represents 49 different nationalities, speak a combined total of 21 languages, and visited 142 countries. Additionally, 80% of our staff lived or worked abroad in their lives. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective.

Our average minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Each program has one Trip Director with several support staff, depending on the group size. Directors must be at least 25 years old within the calendar year and have prior experience working with TFT.

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 average group size?

We pride ourselves on small group sizes to create a more authentic and personalized experience. Our group sizes fall between 13 and 24 students – the perfect size to facilitate new friendships without feeling lost in a crowd! We believe smaller groups eliminate the likelihood of cliques, and allows for a well-rounded, healthy group dynamic.

How does this program connect to other programs?

Our program dates are designed specifically so that participants can opt to combine trips throughout the summer.  When connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the program and assist you in meeting your next group at your new destination.


What is the food like on this program?

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!

Tanzanian food is colorful, interesting, and unlike anything you’ve tried before! Ugali is the national dish of Tanzania. It is a thick, dough-like mass and varies in flavor and consistency depending on the flours used and how it is cooked. It is usually served with a sauce containing meat, fish, beans, or greens. Rice and ndizi (cooked plantains) are other staples. Three meals a day is usual, although breakfast is frequently nothing more than kahawa (coffee) or chai (tea) and mkat (bread). We will have the chance to enjoy a few traditional Tanzanian meals, so participants can try a lot of different local foods found nowhere else but here.

Of course, we are always willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.

Do we ever get time to go off on our own?

Our staff and teens are nearly always together, but we do provide the opportunity to break up into smaller groups to allow for flexibility and customization within the itinerary.

We offer free time in defined safe areas – for example, shopping in a market or exploring a museum. During these times, students remain in groups of at least two and are given no more than an hour. Of course, the counselors remain nearby and available. Additionally, a lifeguard-certified counselor supervises the campers any time they are involved in water activities.

Do I need to bring anything special for the community service portion of this program?

Female participants will need to bring loose trousers or skirts/dresses that fall below the knee as well as shirts and blouses that cover the shoulders and are not too low cut. Male participants should bring shirts with sleeves and either pants or shorts at or below the knee. Items such as soccer balls, decks of cards, nail polish, etc. are always great to bring to share and pass time with the students and people you meet along the way!

Do I need any vaccinations for this program?

We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor. For Specific questions pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.

What kind of visa do you need for this trip?

US citizens require a visa to enter Tanzania. The cost of the visa is $100 (multiple entry) valid for one year, 90 days at a time. Participants under 18 years of age will also need to have parental approval. All information for U.S. citizens applying for the visa can be found here.

When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.

Will we encounter dangerous animals during our game drives?

Participants will be able to see all wildlife from a safe distance. On every safari/game drive, there will be guides in order to keep participants safe. Outside of the game parks, there is almost no chance of encountering any dangerous animals.

Is Tanzania a safe country?

We only visit and stay in the safest places and hotels in Tanzania. We have carefully avoided any areas which are prone to crime. Safety is our number one priority at all times.

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!

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