Tanzania Gap Year
Tanzania is an incredibly diverse country with many different tribes living there including the famous Masaai tribe. This country is also home to some of the largest national parks in Africa and also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the continent. Book a gap year to Tanzania today.
Gap Year Programs in Tanzania
Plan a Gap Year to Tanzania
Looking for the best things to do on a gap year in Tanzania? The following pages will help you book the ultimate experience:
Guide to Taking a Gap Year to Tanzania
Tanzania has a rich history with Indian, Arabian, and African influences, most international flights arrive into Dodoma which is a good base to explore the country and get away from the city life. Arranging a gap year placement is very easy, search our available options and enquire / book.
There are lots of places to add to an itinerary, these include the beautiful island of Zanzibar, the Jozani Forest, Prison Island and dolphin spotting in the spectacular Indian Ocean. If you are going for the whole experience try to sample the local food, people in Tanzania love ugali (a type of corn mash), koranga (a watery beef stew), pilau rice with an extra dish like meat or vegatables and also seafood like fish. Tanzania is also home to some of the largest national parks in Africa making this one of the best wildlife holiday destinations in the world.
Spending a gap year in Africa doing something constructive is not only great for your CV / resume, it will be an experience which you will be able to cherish for the rest of your life. On a structured program you could help education and community initiatives. If you are a qualified teacher you could join a summer break in Tanzania, this is a great way to use your break to make a difference use your teaching skills to help children. Sports coaching is very popular too, local people love football and you can help coach at schools and in local communities. Participating is not only a lot of fun and rewarding, but its a good opportunity to explore and see more of Tanzania as usually you work during the week then have weeknd free.
You will find the majority gap year programs in Tanzania will require you to be aged 18+ and have a positive and flexible attitude but there are also summer taster trips for 16 and 17 year olds which can be arrange with large international sending agencies. Some programs include local NGO's and charities might require you to pay a fee or donation, this usually include meals, transport and accommodation. Most packages are small group with a blend of international travellers of all ages from all over the world.
Best Things to Do on a Gap Year in Tanzania
- Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
- Visiting Zanzibar and relaxing and pure white sandy beaches, expect hot weather almost all year round
- The Ngorongoro Crater is spectacular and there is also the opportunity to see wildlife here
- No trip to Tanzania would be complete with a visit to the Serengeti National Park which is home to some of the best wildlife in Africa
- Floating around Lake Victoria and seeing birds and other animals
- There are lots of National Parks you could visit in Tanzania, we recommend the Tarangire National Park
- Learn to scuba dive
- Going kayaking trip or just relax on the coast
Top Tips & Advice
- Tanzania is an incredibly hot destination so be prepared for this
- Living conditions and local infrastructure can be basic so pack accordinly
- Try to dress light, Tanzania enjoys a warm climate all year round
- Some placements are in rural or rustic conditions, always research options before applying to see if they are right for you