At a glance
- Experience what it’s like to live in a Maasai village and learn about a culture and traditions different from your own.
- Help with daily chores like milking cows and support the local community by helping to build infrastructure and teaching English.
- You’ll be based in Ngorongoro National Park, with its stunning landscapes and diverse population of wildlife.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is this cultural immersion project right for me?
This cultural immersion project is open to volunteers of all ages. It’s ideal for you if you are interested in travel and exploring different cultures. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the more traditional way of life of the Maasai tribe, while also contributing your time, energy, and skills to a community in need.
You don’t need any specific qualifications or experience to join. In fact, this is a great learning experience. You’ll learn to adapt to a different culture, a valuable skill in the globalised and multi-cultural society we live in.
This project runs all year round, except in December, so you can join whenever it suits your schedule. You’ll need to volunteer for a minimum of four weeks, but we recommend staying longer to get the most out of this experience.
What will I do on this cultural immersion project in Tanzania?
You’ll be working in a Maasai community and you’ll have the chance to help with a range of tasks. Here are some examples of what you’ll do:
- Learn more about the Maasai people and their culture
- Help with daily chores like cooking and collecting wood
- Teach English to children in the community
- Help build classrooms and other school buildings
Your work will focus on these main areas:
Learn about the Maasai people
You’ll live in shared volunteer accommodation close to the Maasai community, but you will spend most of your time working in the community. This gives you the chance to chat to local people and hear about their culture and traditions. You’ll learn first-hand about the lifestyles of the Maasai people.
Help with daily chores
To immerse yourself in the Maasai community, you’ll help with day-to-day chores. You’ll get to experience what life is like in these communities, giving you a taste of a more traditional lifestyle. You can help with milking cows and goats, collecting firewood, collecting water, cooking, and making traditional jewellery.
A very rewarding part of this project is helping improve the quality of education for local children. You can come up with fun educational activities to improve their English. Through singing songs and playing games, you’ll encourage children to learn and practice speaking with you. While you teach, you can also learn some Swahili or the local Maasai language, Maa.
You’ll work alongside local teachers, giving them extra support in their roles. They will also be able to guide you in your teaching work.
Help with construction work
The children in the community where we work don’t have many safe classrooms where they can learn. You’ll help with constructing classrooms and other school buildings to contribute to their education. Depending on the stage of building that a classroom is at when you arrive, you might help with digging a foundation or building walls. You might also help with installing a roof, plastering, or painting.
A typical day volunteering with the Maasai in Tanzania
Your community volunteer work in Tanzania will usually run from about 8.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. However, the schedule is quite flexible so you can expect some variation. You’ll have your weekends free, giving you the chance to travel.
A typical work day will start with teaching children at the small, local school. You’ll work with teachers on creating lesson plans and will then act as a teaching assistant in the classroom.
You might break into small groups after your lesson to do activities. We’ll give you plenty of guidance and ideas for the kinds of activities you can do to help work on children’s English skills.
You can then spend some time in the village, helping with some of the chores or learning how to make colourful traditional jewellery.
In the afternoons, when it’s cooler, you’ll help with building work. You can do a variety of tasks like mixing cement, building walls, or adding a fresh coat of paint to classrooms.
Your evenings will be free, giving you the chance to relax and take in the scenery around you. With the wild animals roaming around so nearby, you won’t be able to walk around the village after dark. But being so close to nature makes the experience even more thrilling.
You can spend your evenings playing a competitive game of cards with other volunteers or stargazing beneath the clear night sky.
What are the aims and impact of this cultural immersion project?
The main aim of this project is to give you the chance to immerse yourself in the Maasai culture, assist them with their daily work, and learn more about their unique traditions. You’ll work towards preserving their way of life, while also expanding your own knowledge and practical skills.
We also aim to help provide quality education to children in a Maasai community. You will work towards achieving this by assisting local teachers with English lessons.
You’ll also help provide a safe space for children to learn. The building work you do gives the children a chance to learn in a stimulating and comfortable environment.
Join this cultural immersion project in Tanzania and experience the daily life of a Maasai community.
Where in Tanzania will I work?
You will be based in the Ngorongoro National Park, an ancient area rich in natural beauty and wildlife. Your project work will be in a Maasai community within the national park. This community is rural and you’ll spend your days surrounded by the African savannah. The semi-nomadic Maasai people live in traditional homes without electricity or running water, so you’ll get to experience a very different way of life.
During weekends, there’s plenty to explore in this area. It’s the ideal location to go trekking or experience an exciting safari.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.
A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.
What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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