KARIMU TANZANIA 2011
with California State University, Long
1st August Depart California – evening flight to London.
2nd August Arrive London - airport transit. Depart for Tanzania in evening.
3rd August Arrive early morning into Kilimanjaro International Airport to be met
at the airport by Inspire Leaders. Transfer to hostel in Arusha where
Inspire Leaders will run Orientation Session. Relax and stay one
4th August Depart early morning to Bacho village (5 hours on tar and dirt road).
Once in Bacho there will be lunch and a welcome session from the
5th August - Start building and arts programme mixed with healthcare
13th August programme and additional cultural visits to the Barbaig tribe and the
local coffee plantations and farms. Full board and lodgings are
provided at the Institute.
14th August In the afternoon there will be a leaving ceremony at the school with
dancing and speeches followed by a celebratory dinner.
15th August Depart very early for Tarangire National Park and a day in the park
with lunch boxes.
Dinner and overnight at Mto wa Mbu guesthouse and overnight at
Guest House on the edge of the Parks.
16th August Up early and drive to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater for a day
of safari – spot lions, elephant, zebra and much more! Returning
that evening to Mto wa Mbu and option to visit local bar/club for
17th August Early breakfast and a morning safari to Lake Manyara National Park.
After lunch at a local restaurant and depart for Arusha and the
COMMUNITY PROJECT INFORMATION
The story so far…
In Tanzania only just over 50% of the population enroll for primary school and even fewer
manage to make the next step to Secondary School. Facilities are extremely limited and
often pushed to the limit to cope with the number of children:teacher ratios. Classrooms
have fallen into disrepair, have leaking roofs, termite infested walls, mud floors and often no
windows, doors or even desks.
The Karimu Foundation was set-up by Marianne and
Don Stoll after they were made aware of a dilapidated
school in the village of Bacho, on the slopes of the
Great Rift Valley.
When they visited the project during their time in
Tanzania in 2007 they saw that the school was in a
poor state of repair and was desperate need of repair
and renovation. This gave them the idea of getting
volunteers from the United States to help – both physically and financially.
On returning to the States Marianne and Don set up their own charity, the Karimu
Foundation which aims to support the communities of
Tanzania which they had visited and seen were desperately in
need of help.
In July 2008 their dream was realised, as after a lot of
fantastic fundraising a team of twenty five travelled to Bacho
to complete much of the school renovation work that was so
The cultural and work exchange was a learning
experience for both communities and by the end of the
trip four classrooms had been completed and along
with some basic Swahili lessons there was even time
for a quick safari trip to take in even more that
Tanzania has to offer! The whole group worked
extremely hard and more or less worked solid for nearly
The journey has not stopped there though. 2009 saw the return of another team of
volunteers, with the team growing in size to 31 across a complete
mix of ages. Once again, the team worked exceptionally hard to
complete more classrooms that the Ufani school so desperately
In 2010 volunteers took part in building two more Ufani classrooms
and also lent a hand at nearby Ayalagaya Secondary School,
where Karimu is funding construction of living quarters for two
teachers. Karimu had already done the same at Ufani because
lack of decent housing drives many Tanzanian teachers out of
remote villages toward the larger towns and cities. The team also
helped arrange distribution of six hundred forty mosquito nets and delivery of ten thousand
dollars’ worth of medicines to the local health clinic, as well as carrying out educational
sessions in the community on malaria awareness.
What will the team do in 2011?
The summer 2011 trip will expand on the work mentioned above – with a focus on building
and renovation work both at Ufani and Ayalagaya Secondary School. Further sessions on
health development, collaborative community arts project and education are also planned.
But Karimu trips always involve much more than work. If you
come along, you can expect to cook, sing, and dance with the
villagers. (Nervous that you would look foolish if you tried to
dance? Even the clumsiest among us can perform the villagers’
simple celebratory dance, which consists of jumping up and down
over and over again, with arms locked, and occasionally lunging
forward exactly as people in rich countries do in gyms when they
want to sculpt quads of steel.) Then, after leaving Bacho, you will
enjoy three days of safari—although nobody can promise that
you will see, as this summer’s volunteers did, a lion chasing,
killing, and eating a zebra just a few yards beyond the safety of
Will I really make a difference?
Yes! The Karimu Foundation works closely with their Tanzanian
partners to ensure all project work is requested and needed by the
local community. They listen to them, rather than telling them what
they should do. As your trip providers, it is also Inspire’s priority to
ensure all projects we undertake are requested, necessary and
will be maintained by the community. To ensure this happens,
Inspire work in close partnership with the Karimu Foundation and
the local community to make sure volunteers are prepared, well-
guided and ready to take part in projects which the community has
Team members should be prepared for physical labour, which is
very hands on. You will also need to be relatively fit, but the most important thing to have is
a great attitude and the willingness to get involved with all different aspects of work and life
in rural Tanzania.
After the project team members will have the opportunity to explore the world famous
Tarangire National Park, The Ngorogoro Crater and Lake
Manyara. The team will travel up through Tarangire National Park
before over-nighting in a local guest house. The following day is
an early start to ensure we get the best game viewing possible
Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe,
warthog, lion and maybe even leopard. The last day of the safari
is just as spectacular as we drive along the shores of Lake
Manyara – one of Tanzania’s most beautiful Lakes.
It is important for Inspire and Karimu that team members live and work in the local
community, to try and get an understanding of
what life is like in rural Tanzania.
For your duration of the project you and your
team will be living in basic accommodation, at
the agricultural college, just 10 minutes away
from the project site. Each room has four bunk
beds, shared bathroom facilities and every
volunteer has an area to keep their clothes.
There will be basic toilet facilities and showers
– hot water is not always guaranteed! There is
a running tap outside which is useful for washing clothes and collecting water for cooking.
The college has a large dining room, where you will eat breakfast and dinner.
On safari you will stay in a simple hostel just outside of the National Parks, which has
running water and electricity.
FOOD AND DRINK
Food is prepared by the local ladies and consists of locally bought food cooked in the
traditional Tanzanian style. A typical day would be eggs and bread and jam for breakfast,
Lunch of vegetable stew and rice, snack of chapattis with sugar and hot tea, and chicken,
potatoes and lots of vegetables for dinner. Tea, coffee and squash are all provided and you
can easily buy soft drinks from the village shop. You will be very well fed and looked after!
Tanzania is bordered to the north by Kenya, to the East by the Indian Ocean, to the west by
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, and to the south by Malawi and
The climate varies from tropical along the coast to
temperate in the highlands. Tanzania hosts the highest
mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro which stands at a height of
Tanzania has an exceptionally rich and varied ecosystem.
The vast bush lands and savannah plains are home to
some of the largest herds of wildlife on the continent.
One third of Tanzania is covered by miombo woodland
and is host to over four million wild animals including the
highly endangered black rhino and a variety of turtles. The
coast and off-shore island coral reefs host a wealth of
marine life that are being threatened by dynamite fishing and a lack of protection.
Tanzania’s population of approx 31 million is comprised of 120 tribal groups. Tanzania is
one of the least urbanised countries in East Africa with only 11.5% of the population living
in towns and cities. Most people are concentrated around the perimeters of the country –
the coast, Lake Victoria and Kilimanjaro while settlement in the wild centre of the country is
Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania and has an estimated population of over 2
million. The education system is loosely modelled on Great Britain but there is only one
state run university. Primary education is in Swahili and tuition is free but costs of uniforms
and books is a real hardship for most rural families and only about 5% of all children go
onto Secondary school.
The government set aside one fourth of Tanzania’s land to protected parks, game forests
and reserves (a total of 12 National Parks and 14 Game Reserves) but severe
environmental damage has already occurred in most areas due to deforestation, soil
erosion and desertification. The country’s parks are generally undeveloped and remain as
some of the most wild and pristine areas in East Africa.
Population: 40.4 million (UN, 2007)
Area: 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq miles)
Major languages: English, Swahili
Major religions: Christianity, Islam
Life expectancy: 51 yrs (men), 53 yrs (women)
Monetary unit: Tanzanian shilling (£1:2,200TSH)
Main exports: Sisal, cloves, coffee, cotton,
cashew nuts, minerals, tobacco
GDP per capita: US $370 (UN, 2007)
TRIP MANAGEMENT FROM INSPIRE WORLDWIDE
Who are Inspire and why are they working with Karimu?
Inspire (www.inspire-worldwide.com) are a UK-based professional expedition provider.
They specialise in managing community service projects in Africa for volunteer teams.
Karimu first started working with Inspire’s Director, Beth Chapman, in 2008 and we have
continued that relationship to this day.
Inspire ensure all the activities, transport and accommodation is of a good standard as well
as providing two leaders to help manage the trip and ensure volunteers are well prepared
and get the most out of their experience. Inspire is also there to assist if anything goes
wrong or if there are any incidents whilst you are overseas.
Inspire Worldwide ensures that all our trips are run to the highest
possible standard. Inspire holds professional tour operator liability
insurance and provides financial insolvency protection insurance for
each participant. We also have detailed operational procedures and
conduct regular and comprehensive risk assessments for every
activity and location visited. These are all freely available to any trip
member by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of our main responsibilities as a Tour Operator is to ensure all
the activities that the group take part in whilst they are overseas are
safe, have been fully assessed and comply with health and safety policies and best
practice guidelines. We have a full crisis management plan and carry out detailed country
and activity risk assessments, which are continually re-assessed and updated by staff in
the field as well as Inspire UK staff. Our Standard and Emergency Operational Procedures
are fully comprehensive and govern the way in which all our trips are run. All third party
providers are fully assessed and must meet our high standards before we agree to work
We employ professional Leaders to manage the trip on the ground. Our Leaders work with
the group to ensure they are fully prepared for what to expect. They also deal with any
problems or issues that might arise whilst they are overseas. All our Leaders hold
wilderness first aid certificates and have been Enhanced CRB checked. They are also very
experienced and have led volunteer teams of young people on project sites in rural
We provide fully comprehensive trip information packs and an audio/webcam briefing for
the team. This provide our teams with a wealth of information about the country the group
are travelling to, vaccinations, kit list, health issues, cultural awareness, a history of the
project and much more.
We are on call 24 hours a day in the UK whilst we have teams overseas and provide all
volunteers and their families with a 24-hour phone number in case of any problems. We
also have our own Medical Advisor, Dr Jon Dallimore, who is on call whilst teams are
overseas as well as providing support and advice before the teams depart.
Costs are fully inclusive of:
Pre-departure packs, support and training run by Inspire;
Complete Project Management of the trip including risk assessments, crisis
management plan and emergency procedures;
24 hour on-call and emergency phone support when the team are in Africa;
In-country airport transfers;
In-country orientation training;
All food & accommodation;
All safari activities – park entrance fees, game drives, accommodation and food
All in-country transport including 24 hour emergency vehicle support;
Fully trained Inspire leaders with the team 24 hours
The cost of the trip will be approx. $1,950p/p including visas
Flights are an additional cost estimated to be approx $2,340p/p
Vaccinations, kit and travel insurance are an additional cost estimated at $200p/p
Course fee to CCPE (CSULB) $825
Additional spending money during the trip is minimal. Usually team members will need to
take no more than $50-80 for the entire trip.
HOW TO TAKE PART
The trip is planned to depart in August 2011. If you have an interest in joining Karimu’s
summer 2011 trip, please e-mail Anne D’Zmura on email@example.com