TRAVEL TO BAGAMOYO
It takes a lot of planning and preparation to travel to a new destination, and we’re here to help you every step of the way! Whether you’re purchasing your plane ticket, applying for a visa, or getting ready to pack, this guide (along with your expert Program Specialist) is your ultimate resource for a successful experience. So read on to learn more. And remember that we’re always available to answer any questions that you may have, and to share our personal expertise.
Your fellow volunteers will be from all over the world, and some of you may even end up on the same flight. Regardless of the flight that you choose, your arrival airport for Tanzania is the Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR).
Flight to Tanzania: Arrive at DAR before 3:00 pm local time on your program start date.
Departure Flight: Depart DAR between 12:00 pm and midnight local time on your program end date.
If you are flying through a yellow fever-endemic country (such as Ethiopia or Kenya) and have a layover that is longer than 10 hours, you may need to present a Certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination upon arrival. Remember to check any transit visa regulations for each country that you are flying through.
Of course, many volunteers choose to arrive early, or stay a bit longer in order to experience all that Tanzania has to offer. If plan to be in Tanzania prior to you program start date, or have any questions about scheduling your flights, just let us know.
There are many online resources available to purchase your flight, but here are a few recommended by our team of volunteer travel experts:
Call Key Travel
Call STA Travel
CCS Driver, Didase
Once you arrive at the airport, you’ll be greeted by a friendly CCS driver or staff member, like Didase.
We’ll be waiting for you right outside of the arrival gate, so keep an eye out for a smiling face with a “Cross-Cultural Solutions” sign! It’s a 2 hour drive (depending on traffic) from the airport to our Home-Base in Bagamoyo, so you’ll be able to take in some of the sights of Tanzania as you relax after your journey.
We want to make sure you're healthy during your CCS experience, so take a moment to review the recommended vaccinations for your destination at the Centers for Disease Control, or by visiting a travel doctor.
For now, we only use Business Visas (B'Vs) Apply for your business visa at the airport right after your arrival on the Immigration desk before you leave the luggage inspections room. IN ORDER TO APPLY YOUR BUSINESS VISA, you will need to bring only Passport to be stamped and $250.00 only.
Please carefully review your instructions for your Tanzania visa application.
In addition to your passport, you will also be required to apply for a CTA Stamp (work permit) in Tanzania. Review the requirements so that you are prepared with the appropriate payment information upon arrival. Access the Summary of Education and Experience form here.
Is your passport issued from a country other than those listed above? Find out if a visa is required for your travel.
As a CCS volunteer, you’ll automatically be covered by our comprehensive Travel Medical & Emergency Evacuation Insurance while you’re participating in our program. If you’re traveling before or after your program, you may choose to extend your insurance so that you’re covered every step of the way.
Need to upgrade your insurance? There are alternate plans available to you, which can increase your medical expense limits to $500,000 and your trip cancellation insurance up to $5,000. Just log on to the Core Travel website to print your card, extend your insurance, or upgrade!
What to Pack
Bagamoyo has a tropical climate with rainfall year-round. Between July and October, expect warmer and drier weather, averaging around 80 °F, but dipping down to the 60s or 70s at night. Temperatures remain fairly steady year-round, but during April and May, expect heavy, daily afternoon rains.
Tanzania’s currency is the shilling (TZS) – you can exchange your currency into shillings when you arrive at the Dar Es Salaam airport, or withdraw shillings from a number of ATMs that are as close as a 10-minute walk from the CCS Home-Base (which often have better rates than the airport). Remember to contact your bank and credit card companies before travel to let them know that you’ll be out of the country!
While everyone’s spending habits are different, you might want to budget for around $50 - $75 USD per week for keepsakes and free time activities. The cost of weekend trips, should you choose to travel around the country, can vary. Generally, we recommend that you plan to spend between $200 - $300 USD each weekend. If you’re planning a safari during your stay, you’ll want to budget around $400 - $600 USD for that weekend. Pro Tip: Most safari companies require this is paid in U.S. dollars.
Emergency Contact Information
It’s helpful to inform family and friends of your travel plans so they know how to reach you. Just input your flight information and you have a handy Travel Contact Sheet to email or print for your family and friends.
Remind friends and family that if they’d like to make an international call to reach you at the CCS Home-Base, US and Canadian residents should dial “011” before the number, and UK residents or residents of other countries should dial “00” before the number.
Citizen Services Abroad
Your safety is our top priority, and to make sure you comprehensive support, we request that all volunteers register with their government for access to emergency support and safety information. Please select the appropriate link below to follow some simple steps (it only takes a minute) to register your travel information:
US Citizens: Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the State Department
UK Citizens: Foreign Commonwealth (FCO)
Canadian Citizens: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)
Australian Citizens: Smart Traveler Program through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)