A group of gap semester students experience cultural immersion in a Maasai village in Tanzania, East Africa.

Take a Gap Semester Abroad in East Africa

Kenya and Tanzania

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  • Experience the local culture in East Africa by living and working in Tanzania for four weeks, and in Kenya for two weeks.
  • Work in several areas, ranging from protecting endangered giraffes to empowering disadvantaged women.
  • Participate in community development and learn basic Maasai vocabulary and phrases for cultural enrichment. 

Startdata: 

Door het jaar heen

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Minimumduur: 

Zes Weken

Leeftijd: 

17-24


How does the East Africa Gap Semester Program work?

The Gap Semester in East Africa functions as a standalone trip, or you can easily link it to other Gap Semester programmes to have a fuller gap year experience.  

The East Africa program covers two locations: Kenya and Tanzania

Volunteers start by flying out to Kenya, and you’ll have orientation before starting work at the Soysambu Conservancy for two weeks. Here, the focus is on giraffe and lion conservation, and participating in some local community initiatives. Over the weekend, you’ll visit two stunning national parks filled with African wildlife.  

From Kenya, you’ll travel to Tanzania in a private bus. You’ll then join two projects of your choice, for two weeks each. You can choose from the following projects: 

  • Education
  • Human Rights/Women’s Empowerment
  • Public Health
  • Microfinance

In addition to your projects, you’ll also enjoy cultural enrichment through a basic Maasai Language Course and be involved in a community development project. Over the weekends, you’ll do a safari and visit local markets. 


Lion & Giraffe Conservation in Kenya

Experience the ultimate African adventure by living and working in the heart of the savannah at Soysambu Conservancy. You’ll get hands-on experience and learn from expert conservationists, while doing things like: 

  • Research endangered species and monitor local populations
  • Set camera traps
  • Raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment
  • Remove invasive plant species
  • Maintain natural water holes for the animals

You can read more about the project here

Public Health in Tanzania

In Tanzania, there are many communities that lack access to basic healthcare services. On our Public Health Project, you’ll participate in community healthcare outreaches that aim to address this issue. You’ll give talks to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, and monitor patients’ health by checking vitals. Doctors and nurses can then use this data to diagnose patients and refer them for further treatment. 

Women’s Empowerment and Human Rights in Tanzania

Gender equality is a critical issue worldwide, and we’re working to bridge the gap between genders in Tanzania. Our Women’s Empowerment Project targets specific, marginalized groups, and everything we do for them is centered around building a sustainable future. With us, you can do things like:

  • Run skills development classes for local women
  • Teach kids in schools and people in the community about gender equality
  • Raise awareness about issues that hold women back, including poverty, illiteracy, and ill-health

If you're interested in legal work, we also empower women through our Human Rights Project. You’ll focus on actively protecting women’s and children’s rights in Tanzania, through tasks such as:

  • Writing pleas
  • Researching cases
  • Giving human rights presentations
  • Tackling injustices and helping with issues of land, inheritance, and probate law

Read more about Women’s Empowerment and Human Rights in Tanzania

Microfinance in Tanzania

The main goal of this project is to support female entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities on their journey to achieve financial independence. Projects Abroad provide an interest-free loan to kick-start a small business, and you assist with: 

  • Provide general business advice and teach basic numeracy and literacy if needed
  • Do home visits and interviews with prospective beneficiaries
  • Develop business plans and marketing strategies
  • Manage loan accounts

You can read more about this project here

Support Education in Tanzania

In Tanzania, we’re supporting education in rural areas by making sure young students can access English classes. We’re also focused on improving literacy, and making sure that students learn in safe, clean environments.

As a volunteer teacher, you’ll:

  • Plan and run English classes
  • Work with teachers to prepare exciting practical lessons
  • Assist with extracurricular activities such as music, sport, art, and drama

You can read more about Teaching in Tanzania here.


Where in Tanzania will I work?

Arusha

Arusha is a city nestled at the foot of Mount Meru. It’s home to over 400,000 people and has a mix of high-rise buildings and less modern developments. With our volunteer opportunities in Arusha, Tanzania, you’ll have exposure to many different aspects of life in Tanzania. 

During your free time, you can enjoy the buzzing city center. Visit local markets and buy souvenirs like Batik artworks, or try out local cuisine. There are nearby wildlife reserves which give you the chance to connect with Africa’s amazing nature during safaris. You’ll even have the chance to learn more about the Maasai tribe while visiting a traditional village.

Luchthaven transport, vluchten en visums

Na aankomst op de voorafbepaalde luchthaven, zal een medewerker van Projects Abroad je persoonlijk opwachten. Meer informatie over de verschillende luchthavens, oriëntatie en visums kun je op onze Tanzania Aankomstprocedure pagina terugvinden.


Onze impact

Onze projecten zijn opgesteld voor de lange termijn, en er worden elk jaar specifieke doelen vooropgesteld. Elke vrijwilliger en stagiaire helpt met het behalen van deze doelstellingen, hoe lang ze ook helpen op onze projecten.


Elk jaar evalueren we de voortgang in het behalen van de doelstellingen. Daarom hebben we een Global Impact Report opgesteld waar we al onze verwezenlijkingen verzamelen. Kom meer te weten over de impact die onze internationale groep vrijwilligers, stagiaires en staff hebben gemaakt en lees het laatste nieuwe rapport.


Maaltijden en accommodatie

Je gaat bij een gastgezin verblijven in Arusha. Zij verwelkomen je met open armen in hun huis en delen graag de lokale gewoontes en cultuur met je. Dit is de beste manier om jezelf volledig onder te dompelen in lokale cultuur van Tanzania en een unieke ervaring te beleven.

 

We proberen ervoor te zorgen dat je met minstens een andere Projects Abroad vrijwilliger of stagiaire verblijft bij het lokale gastgezin. Jouw kamer is bescheiden maar comfortabel, proper en veilig.

 

De kostprijs van het project is inclusief drie maaltijden per dag.

 

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Veiligheid en ondersteuning

Jouw veiligheid heeft onze hoogste prioriteit. We hebben verschillende procedures opgezet zodat jouw ervaring in het buitenland zorgeloos en veilig verloopt. Onze Projects Abroad staff is 24/7 beschikbaar, zowel door de week als tijdens het weekend, om je te ondersteunen en begeleiden. Zij zorgen ervoor dat jij je altijd veilig en comfortabel voelt. Mocht je ergens tegenaan lopen, dan zijn ze altijd beschikbaar om je te helpen.

 

Lees meer over veiligheid en ondersteuning.

Bij jouw inschrijving vragen we een aanbetaling te doen van slechts €295, wat wordt afgetrokken van de totaalprijs.

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