Travel Information Packet
Table of Contents
|1.0 Project/Event descriptions|
|2.0 Location information
2.2 Dar es Salaam
2.4 Kwala Village
2.5 Mikumi National Park
|3.0 Living in Kwala
3.4 Appropriate dress
3.5 Recommended Packing List
3.7 Time Differences
3.8 Internet Services
3.9 Telephone services
3.10 Transportation to Kwala
|4.0 Staying safe in Tanzania|
|5.0 Staying healthy in Tanzania
5.1 Eating and drinking
5.2 Shots, medications, and health insurance
|6.0 Costs and payment schedule|
|8.0 Contact Information|
Dear Prospective Traveler,
Thank you for your interest in visiting and working with students and community members in Kwala, Tanzania!
NTC is a not for profit organization that has fostered a mutual relationship between the communities of Newton, Massachusetts and Kwala, Tanzania since 2006. Students from several and throughout Newton and the Northeast have been communicating with students in Kwala through cultural exchange projects fundraising initiatives have funded projects improving education in the Kwala School Community. NTC is committed to creating cross-cultural understanding and friendship by supporting international volunteer opportunities and we are thrilled to be hosting you.
We know that traveling to Africa can be a rather daunting task. We also understand that you will have many questions related to the process. We hope that this information packet will help answer most of those questions. However, we are more than happy to answer any additional questions which may arise. Please feel free to contact us using the contact information at the end of this packet.
We look forward to working with you and hope you can join us the community of Kwala!
1.0 Project/Event Descriptions
With the exception of the Orientation and Tree Planting Project, the availability of any project or event is contingent upon the availability of on-site staff and your personal interest. Please fill out the attached application at the end of this packet and let us know which activities you wish to get involved with. We will try our best to accommodate your particular interests.
Orientation (required, no cost): Participate in an orientation session after arriving in Tanzania. This orientation will include a discussion of the basics of visiting Tanzania as well as what can be expected during your stay in Kwala.
Tree Planting Project (required, additional $1): Purchase a ‘mti wa matunda’ (fruit tree) to plant in NTC’s Visitors Orchard at Kwala Secondary School. Students will be selected to assist in the planting of the tree and will then be assigned to take care of the tree throughout the school year. In four to five years, the trees will produce fruit for the Kwala Secondary School Community. This gesture will symbolize your lasting legacy in Kwala.
Reflections (optional, no additional cost): Discuss your experiences in Kwala and Tanzania with NTC’s onsite staff. We find that this is particularly important for travelers who have spent little time in Africa who will have encountered new cultural and socioeconomic situations that will spark both strong emotions and debate.
Swahili Lessons (optional, additional $10 per hour): Learn the basics of Swahili from Athuman Msangi, a teacher of Swahili and English in Tanzania for over 35 years.
Student Tour (optional, no additional cost): Take a tour of the village and schools, guided by students from Kwala Secondary School. This tour provides visitors with the opportunity to connect with students of Kwala Secondary School on a personal level, as well as acquaint you with your surroundings in Kwala village. We kindly request that you do not give any money to the students acting as your tour guides. You may buy the students a soda if you so choose for 500 TSH per soda.
American Culture Project (optional, you must provide all materials for your class as well as a thorough lesson plan, no additional cost): Teach one 40 minute class about any aspect of American culture. This activity should be preplanned and must be discussed with the NTC Program Director prior to your arrival. Any supplies necessary for the lesson should be brought to Tanzania from the United States or purchased prior to your visit to Kwala. Examples include teaching about a sport or popular game from the United States, an art project, or sharing music that is popular in the United States. Feel free to discuss your ideas with us prior to your visit!
Tanzanian Cooking Project: (additional $5 per person): Prepare a Tanzanian meal with some of the best cooks in the village.
YOUR project: Is there something you are passionate about or a skill you would like share with Kwala? Let us know how you want to be involved and make a difference. NTC encourages visitors to take ownership of their own project when visiting Kwala. Propose a project you would like to work on (either in the school or community) and the NTC committee in Kwala will discuss the feasibility and importance of your project for the Kwala School Community. NTC can help facilitate the purchase of materials necessary for the project, but all costs will be passed on to you and your fund raising team unless otherwise determined by you and NTC. Please contact us if you require assistance or ideas for fundraising as we want to make this type of project as accessible as possible. We warmly welcome your addition to Kwala and NTC.
2.0 Location Information
2.1 Tanzania Overview
Full country name: United Republic of Tanzania
Area: 945,090 sq km
Capital City: Dodoma
People: 99% native African (over 100 tribes), 1% Asian, European and Arabic Religion: 40% Christian, 35% Muslim, 20% indigenous beliefs
Government: Republic (multi-party state)
Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 3
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Dialing Code: 255
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Language: A person who has a high school education speaks both English and Swahili. However, this is less common outside of the cities because many people cannot afford a high school education. There are over 100 tribes in Tanzania and each one has its own language, resulting in many people being tri-lingual; speaking Swahili, English, and the language of his/her tribe.
Average Temperature: Summer (January) – 88/82 Winter (July) – 83/74
Seasons: Rainy season – March – May, October – December
Dry season – June-September, January – March
Tanzania is blessed with spectacular scenery, prolific wildlife and a superb coastline, and has long attracted seekers of an exotic holiday from across the globe. Its rich history, cultural heritage, idyllic beaches and wildlife safaris complemented by the warm hospitality of the people make for a memorable experience.
Tanzania is a sub-Saharan country which lies on the East African coast and includes the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba and the continent’s highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro in the northern region. Dodoma is the capital, but Dar es Salaam is the main harbor and major trading centre. The current population is 35 million with a national growth rate of 2.8%. Tanzania is three hours ahead of GMT. Tanzania is home to the site of the oldest fossils of the human race, the Olduvai Gorge. The major language is Swahili with a small portion of the population speaking English and almost all Tanzanians speaking a second dialect. As a secular state, Tanzania is politically and socially stable. Economically, Tanzania has progressed due to reforms that lead to a private sector driven economy and currently has a GDP of about $800 per person. Despite these progressions, Tanzania continues to struggle with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and lacks basic infrastructure for advanced healthcare and education.
2.2 Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is an enticing mix of sight seeing, shopping and entertainment. The largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its sophisticated, contemporary present. Dar es Salaam, which means “Haven of Peace” in Arabic, was given its name by Sultan Majid Bin Said of Zanzibar when he decided to use the harbor city as a port and trade center in 1857. Since then, the town has flourished and it is now the commercial hub of the country.
Dar es Salaam is a treasure trove for connoisseurs of art, Makonde carvings, TingaTinga paintings, bead, bone and malachite jewelry, basketry, spices, and colorful wrap-arounds called “kanga” “kitenge”. Batik and brassware are popular and excellent buys. The rare and brilliant Tanzanite gemstone, found only in Tanzania, makes a precious souvenir.
Zanzibar is an island located roughly 25 miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania. Originally a separate state with a long trading history within the Arab world, Zanzibar united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania in 1964. A tourist hub in Tanzania, Zanzibar is famous for its spices, beautiful beaches, and Stone Town, its historic center and a world heritage site.
According to Lonely Planet’s Website, “Almost every visitor arrives first at Zanzibar Town, the island’s main population centre and commercial hub. At the heart of Zanzibar Town is the old Stone Town, with its labyrinthine alleyways and fascinating architecture. Just beyond here, and within easy reach, is an unsurpassed collection of beaches where the sand is powdery white and the sea ethereal shades of turquoise.”
2.4 Kwala Village
Kwala Ward is located in the Kibaha-Pwani Coastal Region of Tanzania, just 50 miles west of the country’s largest city, Dar es Salaam. It takes about two hours to travel to Kwala from the center of Dar es Salaam, the last 9 km by a deeply rutted dirt road off of Morogoro Road at the village of Vigwaza. Kwala Ward is comprised largely of subsistence farmers and some businesses such as small convenience shops, butcheries, and restaurants. In some ways, Kwala is better off than other villages. The village is fortunate to have a small hospital, Kwala Secondary School, Kwala Primary School, a water tower, and a new phone tower for its more than 5,000 residents. Electricity came to the village when it was extended to the local chicken farm. Despite these advantages, most residents still live on an average income of just one dollar per day.
Kwala Secondary School (KWASS) opened in July 2005 as a result of the Secondary Education Development Program (SEDP). KWASS has thirteen staff members – six teachers, the headmaster, an assistant headmaster, two guards, two cooks, and a bursar – supporting 352 students in Forms One through Four (Forms Three and Four were added in 2006 and 2007, respectively). KWASS’s students primarily come from Kwala Ward, with some students walking three or four miles each way daily to attend school. Because of Kwala’s remote location, many students attending the school from outside of Kwala Village rent housing in the village at a cost of roughly three dollars per month per student (a significant amount for many families). Subjects include: Mathematics, History, Geography, Civics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Kiswahili, and English. English is the nationally-mandated language of instruction in secondary school. The school is divided into four performance troupes, regardless of Form, in which students direct and perform theater, song, and dance. KWASS also fields a soccer team which that participates in inter-school competitions.
In February 2009, NTC welcomed Mahundi Primary School into the NTC family when students and teachers at Mason-Rice Elementary School and Oak Hill Middle School of Newton, Massachusetts became interested in conducting cultural exchange projects similar to those taking place between Newton’s high schools and Kwala Secondary School. Mahundi Primary School, located in the Kwala Ward, teaches 361 students from standard one to standard seven. There is also one pre-primary classroom. Subjects taught are Kiswahili, geography, civics, science, mathematics, history, English, and life skills. The school also fields a soccer team, which competes against other teams in the region. Mahundi’s headmaster, Mr. Gunda, has been the headmaster at Mahundi Primary School for more than five years. Over 95% of the students attending Kwala Secondary School have graduated from Mahundi Primary School. It is the ward’s only primary school.
2.5 Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park lies just to the north of the famous Selous Game Reserve, and is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania. The park covers an area of 3,230 sq km, and features elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffes, hippopotami, and crocodiles. Safaris through the park include a guide. We recommend going to visit this park only because of its proximity to Kwala and Dar-Es-Salaam. If you intend to spend more time in Tanzania and travel to the north, please contact us for more information regarding visiting the Serengeti or other national parks in the country. We would love to assist you in arranging your safari!
3.0 Living in Kwala
Visitors of Kwala will stay with Kwala Secondary School and NTC staff at one of the school’s three staff houses located next to Kwala Secondary School. Depending on how many NTC staff are on site during your stay, you may be sharing your room with a member of the NTC team. You will be provided with a bed, sheets, pillow, and a mosquito net. Please contact us to see photos of your house and room.
Three meals per day will be provided during your stay in Kwala. You will have the opportunity, if you so choose, to assist in the preparation of typical Tanzanian foods. Traditional Tanzania food includes rice, beans, cabbage, banana, peas, Ugali (thick porridge), chicken, beef, goat, and fish. All foods are served hot, and are typically served in some variety of stew. Drinks typically include coffee, tea, hot milk, bottled water, and fresh juices. All foods are cooked properly and are safe to eat. If you have any special dietary needs or concerns, be sure to include that information in the application at the end of this packet.
Clean, bottled drinking water can be purchased in the village and provided for you upon request, at a cost of 500 Tsh per liter (please see section 3.6 for currency information).
3.4 Appropriate Dress
While in Kwala, NTC and Kwala community members respectfully request that you abide by Tanzanian standards of dress. You may consider the rule “shoulders to knees.” Thus, you must make sure that your shoulders, knees, and everything in between is covered at all times during your visits to the school and village. For our female guests, be prepared to wear long skirts or dresses while at the school. You may wear long pants or Capri’s while in the village. Please avoid spaghetti strap shirts or tank tops while in Kwala unless you intend to wear a sweater or shawl. For our male guests, please plan to wear casual work clothing while in the school area and jeans or khaki’s while visiting Kwala village. While at your home stay, you may be free to wear what you like. We appreciate your willingness to abide by local dress codes.
Recommended Packing List
Pack light! You won’t want to wear, wash, or carry nearly as much as you think you will.
T shirts or casual shirts (shoulders and midriff must be covered at all times)
Casual work pants (for men) or skirts extending below the knee (for women)
Jeans or casual wear pants
Pajamas (light weight, its hot at night!)
Rain jacket (seasonal)
Miscellaneous Health (in addition to the medicine required for your trip as stated in section 5.2)
Towel (required) Tums or Pepto-Bismol Dayquil and Nyquil
Small fan Anti-itch cream Tylenol PM to help regulate sleep patterns
Hammock Sun block Anti-diarrhea medication
Umbrella Bug spray (with deet) Advil or Tylenol
All medications prescribed by the travel clinic (see shots, meds, and travel insurance below)
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling. While the exchange rate for the shilling does change on a day to day basis, this rate is currently in the range of $1.00 : TSH1,300. You may pay for all accommodations, etc., with either US dollars, Tanzanian shillings, or with a check made out to NTC. If you are planning to bring additional money to Tanzania and are bringing dollars, you can exchange money in many locations in Dar es Salaam. You will receive a better exchange rate if you use 50 or 100 dollar bills rather than lower denominations.
Tanzania is 8 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time without day light savings. With daylight saving time, Tanzania is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Available Internet Services
Internet is not currently available in Kwala. We recommend taking your time in Kwala to enjoy a few days of disconnect. However, if you require internet services, it is readily available in Dar-Es-Salaam. We apologize for any inconvenience and will assist you if you so chose to travel to the city.
The only cell phone coverage available in Kwala is through Zain, who has placed a tower in the village. To use a phone in Tanzania, you will need to purchase an international cell phone. Once in Tanzania, you will need to purchase a Zain sim-card at any convenience store or street stand. The sim card can be inserted into the back of your phone and will also provide your local Tanzanian phone number. International phones can be rented from NTC at a cost of 2 dollars per day, and sim cards must be purchased separately and are available in Kwala and throughout Tanzania in addition to the minutes you must purchase to use the phone.
Public Transportation to Kwala
Kwala can be reached by dalla dalla (public bus) and piki piki (motorcycle). From the postal station in Dar es Salaam city center, take the dalla dalla marked Ubungo-Postal to the Ubungo Bus Station, terminal 2. In the Ubungo bus station, you will find the dala dala marked Ubungo-Msata to the right of the terminal. Be sure to ask if you have trouble finding it; people are generally friendly and will assist you. Also be sure to watch your luggage as Ubungo is an easy place for people to pick pocket you. Once you find your bus, tell the driver that you need to be dropped at the Vigwaza Shell station.
You will take your dalla dalla west on Morogoro Road for about an hour and forty five minutes and get off at the Vigwaza Shell Station. This bus ride should cost you no more than 3,000Tsh. When you get off, you will see several men with motorcycles eager to help you. Ask to be taken to the home of Athuman Msangi at Kwala Secondary School. Travelling alone, you will be charged 3,000Tsh. If you chose to travel with somebody else (and you do not always have an option) you should only pay 2,000 Tsh. Be sure to ask for the price and bargain it down before getting onto the bike. Avoid arriving past 6pm as many piki piki drivers will depart as it approaches dark and it is also less safe to be travelling alone at night. Those traveling with large bags may need to hire an additional piki piki.
For those traveling to Tanzania for the first time or who are unfamiliar with public transportation, it is highly recommended that you hire an NTC escort to pick you up from Dar es Salaam or the airport (see costs below).
4.0 Staying Safe in Tanzania
Tanzania is one of the most peaceful and hospitable countries in the world, making it a very popular destination for tourists. Still, as with any less-developed country, there are certain risks that visitors need to be aware of. NTC will work before and during the trip to ensure that all visitors remain safe while traveling to and within Kwala.
While in Tanzania, visitors should make sure to keep their belongings close and in sight at all times, especially when traveling or walking through Dar es Salaam. While luggage is safe in hotel rooms and teachers’ housing, petty theft can occur while in transit from one place to the next (although this is HIGHLY unlikely in Kwala village). You will not be permitted to travel alone around the village at night.
While many people fear that Africa is a dangerous place to visit, Tanzania is actually a very safe and peaceful country. Past visitors to Tanzania have commented that they feel safer traveling in Tanzania than in some places in Boston. Dress appropriately, be aware of your surroundings, and you should not encounter any problems.
5.0 Staying Healthy in Tanzania
5.1 Eating and Drinking
Foods in Kwala and in restaurants are safe to eat. Outside of that, quite a few diseases, including hepatitis A and typhoid fever, are transmitted by unsanitary food handling procedures and contaminated water. Food and beverage precautions are essential in order to reduce the chance of illness. All non-bottled water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Travelers should use bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth. NTC will work to ensure that all foods and drinks purchased during your stay in Kwala are safe to consume. Aside from minor stomach issues, no visitors through Kwala have suffered food or drink related illnesses to date.
5.2 Shots, Medications, and Travel Insurance
You should see your physician at least 6 weeks before departure.
Shots for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A and B, Measles, Mumps, and Tetanus-Diphtheria are recommended. Malaria pills (Malarone) and anti-diarrhea prescriptions are also necessary. Your primary care physician or physician at the travel clinic will provide all necessary information. If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact us using the contact information at the end of this packet.
Please check with your health care provider to determine if you are covered for international travel. If not, we can provide it for you or you can purchase it at www.fourcorners.com. The cost will vary depending on how much coverage you wish to have, how long you will be traveling, and your age, but is generally in the range of 20-30 dollars per week.
Costs and Payment Schedule
NTC requires a minimum donation of $500 USD. This money is donated to the Kwala fund. To learn more about your donation and how this money is utilized, click here.
Additional fee’s include:
Accommodations in Kwala – $10 per person per day
Three meals per day – $10 per person per day
Escort to assist you in traveling to Kwala from Dar-Es-Salaam (optional) – $45 per person (including travel expenses and a meal)
- This service will enable you to travel with an NTC staff member from Dar-Es-Salaam to Kwala using public transportation. The public transportation involved in this journey includes one bus ride (60km) and one motorcycle ride (18km). You will not be driving your own motorcycle but instead be sitting on the back of a motorcycle driven by a professional driver. Your luggage can be accommodated on the motorcycle. If you would prefer to hire a driving service or rent a car to drive yourself to Kwala, please contact us for more information.
Full on site coordination by NTC, including the arrangement of accommodations and projects and an orientation session – Donations are encouraged! (Recommended donation is $50 to $200 based on the length of your stay)
Swahili Lessons (optional) – $10 per hour
Phone Rental (optional) – $2 per day
Bottled Water – 500 Tsh per 1 liter bottle
NTC strives to make Kwala an affordable and welcoming place to visit. If you are concerned about the price of the trip, we encourage our group travelers to take on fundraising initiatives to cover the cost. For ideas on how to raise money for a personal trip, please feel free to contact us.
NTC is a 501 (c) (3) organization. All payments should be made out to NTC, and are tax-deductible.
Payment schedule – Payments should be received by NTC two weeks prior to arrival in Kwala. You can write a check to NTC, or pay by credit card on NTC’s website.
A tourist visa is required by the Tanzanian government for entry to Tanzania. Visas are easily obtained at the Tanzanian Embassy in New York City, and require a valid U.S. Passport and a $100.00 payment. NTC will not cover the cost of the visa. Volunteers are required to obtain their own visas. Please visit http://tanzania.visahq.com/ to learn more about the visa application process.
8.0 Contact Information
NTC Individual Visitor
Information and Contract
Please fill out the following information for EACH visitor. If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18, please fill out and sign a separate contract for each of your children.
Gender F M
Date of arrival in Kwala
Date of Departure from Kwala
Parent/Guardian Information (If under the age of 18)
Home Phone_________________ Work Phone________________
Do you have any medical conditions NTC should be aware of:
Participant signature _________________________
Parent/Guardian signature (If under 18)_____________________
Reminder: Payments are due at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival in Kwala!
Checks should be made out to NTC, and can be mailed to:
11 Wenham Rd.
Newton, MA 02461
All payments to NTC are tax-deductible.
Agreement between Visitor and Newton-Tanzania Collaborative, Inc.
I agree that:
a) I will participate in the projects organized for the visit.
b) I will respect the culture and ethics of the residents of the village and others.
c) I will maintain a tolerant, flexible and respectful attitude toward the local people and customs.
a. I am responsible for abiding by government laws and regulations of the country(ies) I am visiting.
b. I am solely responsible for procuring the appropriate travel visa(s).
c. I am solely responsible for taking all appropriate medical precautions and vaccines required or recommended for the trip.
d. I am in satisfactory health, sufficient for the rigors of the visit.
a) I will abide by the rules of NTC and local housing placements.
b) I will refrain from the use of profane, insulting, or otherwise offensive language for the extent of the visit.
c) I understand that the use of narcotics, drugs, or other illegal substances will result in immediate expulsion from the program and will be reported to responsible government authorities.
d) I understand that any activities considered criminal in Tanzania will result in immediate expulsion from the program and will be reported to responsible government authorities.
a) I will display tolerance for delays, local practices, conditions and/or behaviors, some of which I may find disturbing.
b) I will display tolerance and understanding that people I meet may have vastly different ideological, racial and cultural backgrounds.
a) I will make my tax-deductible payment to NTC in two weeks advance of my arrival to Kwala. This payment is non-refundable.
6. Waiver and Release
I understand and agree that:
a) My participation may expose me to significant risks, including but not limited to terrorism, war, serious bodily injury or death, property damage and other risks that may not be foreseeable.
b) NTC is NOT responsible for my safety and I assume full responsibility for all risks associated with my travel.
c) It is my responsibility to remain informed of safety and health information pertaining to my destination. I will register with my home country’s Embassy, Consulate, and/or State Department. (U.S. Dept. of State: http://travel.state.gov)
d) If I am bringing minors to Kwala (under the age of 18), I will take full responsibility for my child.
e) I understand I am solely responsible for any damages caused to property by me, and I understand that NTC is not responsible for any damages caused by me.
f) If I am removed due to non-compliance with this agreement, or leave the program under any circumstances, the program fee is non-refundable.
I AFFIRM THAT I HAVE READ AND AGREE WITH ALL TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. I THEREFORE RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE AND CONVENANT NOT TO SUE NTC, ITS EMPLOYEES, PRINCIPALS OR AGENTS, OR ANY OF NTC’S IN-COUNTRY PARTNERS AND AGENTS, FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY CLAIMS, DEMANDS, ACTIONS AND CAUSES OF ACTION WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR INJURY, INCLUDING DEATH OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM OR ATTENDANT TRAVEL.
I FURTHER AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND SAVE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE ABOVE NAMED PERSONS AND EACH OF THEM FROM ANY LOSS, LIABILITY, DAMAGE OR COSTS THEY MAY INCUR AS A RESULT OF MY TRAVELS. IT IS MY EXPRESS INTENT THAT THIS RELEASE SHALL BIND MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY, AND SPOUSE, IF I AM ALIVE, AND MY HEIRS, ASSIGNS AND PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES, IF I AM DECEASED, AND SHALL BE DEEMED AS A RELEASE, WAIVER, DISCHARGE AND CONVENANT NOT TO SUE THE ABOVE NAMED PERSONS.
Participant’s Signature: _________________________
As parent or legal guardian, I am signing this document on behalf of my minor child and agree to be specifically bound to all terms and conditions of this Agreement. I have read the Agreement, fully understand its terms, understand that I have given up substantial rights by signing it, and have signed this document freely and voluntarily without any inducement, assurance or guaranty being made to me. I intend my signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and further agree to indemnify, save and hold harmless the above persons.
Guardian’s Name: ____________________________
Guardian’s Signature: ____________________________
The Newton-Tanzania Collaborative, Inc.
11 Wenham Road
Newton, Massachusetts 02461-1124
Federal ID# 20-4980738
Please help us make this an incredible experience for both you and the community members of Kwala. Please select those activities which you are most interested in participating in. We hope to be able to accommodate all of your interests. Once we receive your application, NTC will send you an invoice for the trip, the price of which will depend on your interests for your stay in Kwala.
Reflections: A time for you to sit with onsite NTC staff to informally discuss your experiences in Kwala. We find that this is particularly important for travelers who have spent little time in Africa as you will be encountering new cultural and socio economic situations which often spark both emotion and debate.
Would you like to participate in this program? YES NO
Swahili Lessons: (additional $10 per hour) You will be taught the basics of Swahili by Athuman Msangi, a teacher of Swahili and English in Tanzania for over 35 years.
Would you like to participate in this program? YES NO
Do you have any prior experience with Swahili? YES NO
If yes, how much? BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED
How many hours would you like to take? __________
Student Tour: Two Kwala Secondary School students will be asked to give you a tour of the school and village. The student tour provides visitors with the opportunity to connect with students of Kwala Secondary School on a personal level, as well as get comfortable with their surroundings in Kwala village.
We kindly ask that you do not pay or tip the students for giving you a tour, but you may feel free to buy them sodas in the village. Each soda costs 500 TSH and you may be placed with up to 4 students (though others may tag along).
Would you like to participate in this program? YES NO
American Culture Project: You teach a class about an aspect of American culture. This activity should be premeditated by you and must be discussed with the NTC Director prior to your arrival. Any supplies necessary for the lesson should be brought to Tanzania from the United States or purchased prior to your visit to Kwala. Ideas for activities can include (but are not limited to) a sport or popular game from the United States, an art project, or sharing music that is popular in the United States. We strongly recommend that you participate in this program. It’s an easy way to get involved with Kwala’s schools, students, teachers, and citizens.
Would you like to participate in this program? YES NO
Objective of lesson: .
Tanzanian Cooking Project: (additional $7 per person) You will have the opportunity to prepare a Tanzanian meal with some of the best cooks in the village.
Would you like to participate in this program? YES NO
Please list any allergies or preferences .
Transportation to Kwala: (additional $45 per person)
Would you like an escort to take you from Dar-Es-Salaam to Kwala? YES NO
Would you like to propose a project to NTC’s Kwala Committee for your trip? YES NO
Project Proposal:______________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________