Hakuna matata and a warm welcome to Tanzania! This tour features cultural exchange with a local secondary school while offering students the opportunity to get to know this East African country first-hand, from its stunning landscapes and amazing wildlife, to its unique cultures and warm smiles of its friendly people.
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 begin our time in the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam, where you will be introduced to the Tanzanian way of life and the country’s history. You’ll get to know the country like locals as we embark on a cultural exchange program with a local school for girls, participating in a variety of activities with them as we grow to learn about both ourselves and our new friends.
During our time with the school we will have countless opportunities to learn about the area and all of the ways in which we can help enrich the community. From learning about sustainable farming and anti-poaching, to supporting local businesses at the town market and learning about the animals who are helping save lives. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five when we go on an authentic African safari! As we travel to and from the center of the country, we’ll witness the African way of life firsthand, passing through countless small villages and stunning scenery during our journey. 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.
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Engage with local Tanzanian students during a week of volunteering at a school in Morogoro
- Go on a traditional African safari, where you’ll be able to see elephants, lions, giraffes, baboons, zebras, gazelles, hippos, and more!
- Browse for snacks and souvenirs at the bustling village marketplace
- Hike to a waterfall and pick your own strawberries with the students from our host school
- Make your own traditional Swahili recipes at our cooking lesson
- Explore farms to learn about local farming techniques
- Visit an orphanage to learn more about what’s being done at the local level to help these children succeed
DAY 1: Hujambo, Tanzania!
Depart from your preferred airport to Dar es Salaam.
DAY 2: Dare to explore Dar es Salaam
Welcome to Tanzania! Arrive in Dar es Salaam and meet your TFT guides, who will accompany you for the remainder of your journey. Board our private coach and head downtown to get settled into the hotel. We’ll have a walking tour of Dar es Salaam before enjoying our first Tanzanian dinner!
DAY 3: Connecting with the community
We will travel to Morogoro with a private bus, having breakfast en route. Upon our arrival, we will receive a warm greeting with a traditional welcome song from the students at the school. This week-long project at the school is the heart of this trip. You will be working 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 of the students who live in the area.
DAY 4: Home visits in the village
This morning we will head into the heart of Morogoro to check out the weekend market where we will interact with local stall keepers selling fresh produce, traditional fabrics, homeware items, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Pick out some colorful fabrics of your own to have a local tailor make something special just for you!
In the afternoon we will have the unique opportunity to visit the homes and meet the families of some of the SEGA students who are from the Morogoro area. These visits will help you gain very special insights into where the SEGA students come from and more about their family backgrounds, as well as how locals in the area live their day-to-day lives.
DAY 5: Strawberry Fields Forever
We will join the SEGA students on a day trip to a nearby mountain where we will hike to a waterfall and spend time picking our own strawberries in a strawberry field. This day is a favorite for both TFT and the SEGA students!
DAY 6: Cook like a Tanzanian!
In the morning we will learn the art of making traditional Swahili food with our very own cooking instructor! After our cooking lesson, we will enjoy the meal that we made together for lunch. After lunch time we will make tie-dye items with the SEGA students and participate in other arts and crafts projects.
DAY 7: Orphanage visit
In the morning visit a nearby farm to learn about farming techniques in the area and how farmers get their produce to the market. After lunch, visit a local orphanage in the Morogoro community to learn more about disadvantaged youth in the area and what is being done at the local level to help these children succeed in life. In the evening, have a final dinner with the SEGA students to celebrate the time we’ve spent together!
Day 8: Safari time!
After an early breakfast, we will depart from SEGA and drive to Mikumi National Park, the fourth largest park in Tanzania. The stunning vistas similar to the Serengeti are simply breathtaking and provide the perfect haven for African wildlife. We will spend a full day on the lookout for elephants, giraffe, zebras, impala, eland, kudu, black antelope, baboons, wildebeests, buffaloes, and hippos. If we’re lucky, we might even get to see a lion climbing up a tree, a behavior not exhibited by lions in many other places!
We will spend our last evening together enjoying a delicious Swahili meal, singing, dancing, and recalling stories of our time together over the past week.
Day 9: Until next time, Tanzania!
After breakfast, we will say farewell to our new friends and begin our overland journey to Dar es Salaam. Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.
Turn your trip into a longer adventure!
This trip can be adapted to up to 13 days for a longer journey with even more cultural connections. Contact us for details!
The TFT Difference
We Never Combine Groups
Your tour should be special and just for you and your students! We will never combine two or more groups on the same bus or tour. We will lead a trip with as few as six people and a teacher. Your Trip Director travels with you for the duration of your program.
Stress-Free Planning and 24/7 Support
We are there for you every step of the way, and our support begins the moment you decide to do a TFT trip! We will provide you with a team member who will help bring your tour to life, along with everything you need to help get students to sign up for the adventure! On the tour you will have 24/7 dedicated staff with you to ensure everything runs smoothly and because we know travel is full of surprises, solve anything that may pop up along the way.
Photos and Email Updates
Your trip is special and you and your students should have those memories captured forever! Expect frequent personal email updates and hundreds of photos from your TFT staff shared with you and your students’ families so everyone can follow along on the journey. We are the only teen travel program to offer this in-depth trip communication and it truly makes all the difference!
Central Accommodation and Local Meals
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. We stay at locally owned accommodation in the city center so you don’t waste your valuable time commuting. We dine at charming authentic restaurants to get a real flavor (literally!) for the local culture. The best way to travel is like a local. So ditch the tour bus and have a real traveler’s experience with us!
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.
Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.
"I went to Tanzania for three weeks during the summer of 2018, from late June until early July. 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."
"I picked this trip over my senior trip with my graduating class, and it was the best decision ever. This was the best trip of my life! The group and the staff were amazing, everybody got along super well. It was the hardest trip to fall back into reality from; I never wanted it to end."
"I went on the 21-day Tanzania service trip and it was life changing. Nothing can ever prepare you for the feeling you will get staring into the clearest sky and seeing millions of stars staring back at you. Being immersed in the culture of these inspiring people was such an eye-opener and really taught me to be grateful for what I have. From the exotic animals in Serengeti National Park, to the beautiful, young girls at SEGA school, exploring Tanzania was a soul search I never knew I needed. I personally guarantee your child will have an amazing time on this trip. I recommend it 100% for all ages and all personalities."