City Population: 1,288,088
Language: SWAHILI AND ENGLISH
Currency: TANZANIAN SHILLING
Attractions: KILIMANJARO, MAASAI, SAFARI
Every year, travelers from all over the world come to see Tanzania’s breathtaking beauty and diverse wildlife. The city of Arusha in the north is our regional base, and is known as the gateway to the northern safari circuit. It is vibrant and bustling, but easy to navigate and with a temperate climate that is largely due to the imposing backdrop of Mount Meru.
From this part of the country, it’s easy to travel from the wild Serengeti plains to Zanzibar’s white sand beaches, or to go from boating on the second largest freshwater lake in the world to absorbing the awe-inspiring view from Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.
Our Arusha program has everything you could want for as a base for your internship and will not fail to impress.
One of the great strengths of the Work the World program is our full-time, on-site staff.
Upon your arrival, Program Manager Barnabus Lupande or Assistant Program Manager Brian Boniface will be there to pick you up from the airport or station and bring you to the Work the World house. Later on, they’ll show you around the local area, accompany you on the first day of your placement, and introduce you to your new work colleagues. They will do their best to ensure your time with us runs as smoothly and happily as possible.
Susana, our Housekeeper, keeps the house clean, tidy and running smoothly. She can also show you where to buy all the best local paintings, clothing and souvenirs.
Our ever-smiling Caterer Witness provides delicious cooked meals each workday—and has the best possible recipe for banana curry! Witness also serves a delectable weekly barbecue, after which Brian’s Tanzanian music usually gets everyone dancing!Read more about Our Staff
Accommodation & free time
Our house is situated in an area called the southeast part of Arusha, in a safe, quiet, secure residential area called Njiro. The house offers comfortable shared bedrooms, a large lounge and a garden. The classroom, where free Swahili classes are held in the evenings, offers a stunning view of Mt. Meru.
In their free time, students enjoy hiking Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru, wandering crafts markets, or sampling the excellent food and music in Arusha’s restaurants, bars and clubs.
Nearby national parks offer exciting chances to spot wildlife, such as lion, buffalo, elephant and leopard. Trips to local villages will introduce you to the local Maasai or Meru tribespeople. Many students have also found it very rewarding to spend time volunteering at a local orphanage.what else is included?
Village Healthcare Experience
Immediately recognizable for their brilliant red and purple robes, the Maasai are perhaps the world’s best-known African tribe. With Work the World’s unique Village Healthcare Experience, you have the rare opportunity to spend a full week with this ancient, semi-nomadic community.
The program offers a treasured inside view of Maasai daily life and their views on modern healthcare. Working with a dispensary clinical officer, you’ll learn how modern care can complement traditional medicine, and how western-trained professionals can best balance modern treatment with the tribe’s cultural beliefs.
You’ll live with a Maasai family and work in the village dispensary, delivering primary healthcare to the community, and learning about Maasai cultural concerns such as female initiation and HIV/AIDS.
Afternoons will be spent learning about local Maasai culture from your guide, visiting sacred sites and getting involved in community activities. With three or less fellow students, you’ll witness traditional East African life firsthand, an experience that will enhance your résumé and resonate with you personally for years to come.Read more about the Village Healthcare Experience
So what advice can I impart on budding prospective students looking to undertake an elective in Africa? Just one thing. Just go for it. You won’t regret it. It will likely be one of the greatest experiences of your life.
Vinh Pham, University of Sydney 2014Read More
Do not hesitate in going with Work the World! Get in touch, get everything booked and start the adventure.
Nina Hammond, King's College London 2013Read More
The village experience was one of the most enlightening experiences I have ever had, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Emily Tibbits, Wright State University (USA) 2013Read More