Say hujambo -- hello -- to your new home on a CCS staff-led tour of Kilimanjaro. You'll learn where to find the internet cafes and money exchanges, and how to catch the bus. You'll also pick up some useful tips on how to navigate the market crowds and haggle with local vendors. You'll kick your Tanzanian street smarts up a notch or two, and in no time, start to feel comfortable and at home.
Practice your Swahili, the official and national language of Tanzania, twice a week with a local teacher right in the comfort of your Home-Base. Start with the basics before graduating to the advanced lessons. You’ll find yourself communicating more effectively at your volunteer assignment, and haggling like an expert at the market in no time.
Cook Tanzanian Cuisine
Learn how to prepare traditional Tanzanian dishes during cooking classes with our amazing CCS cook. You’ll become acquainted with common ingredients like cardamom, saffron, and coriander, as well as how each dish fits within broader cultural traditions.
Weekly discussions hosted by CCS staff and guest speakers will help provide context to your experience. You'll enjoy an incredible variety of relevant topics including common greetings and local slang, everyday dress, rituals and ceremonies, “Tanzanian Flex Time,” gender issues, education, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Each week, you and your group will venture out for a staff-led adventure. You may have a chance to take a day trip to rural villages in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro and learn about traditional trades or perhaps you'll learn about the indigenous Chagga tribe when you visit a Chagga museum. No matter where you go, you'll likely have a chance to wrap up the day with a nice hike through the uniquely Tanzanian landscape.
Visit a Local Family
What better way to learn about life in Kilimanjaro than from the experts – local families. Visit the home of a local family to learn first-hand about family structures and cultural norms, including the significance of being a guest in someone’s house. Join a family for tea and take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and share your own story, too.