Maasai Tribal Immersion in Tanzania

Maasai Village, Tanzania

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15 people
7 days
Code: 501
Activity and Adventure, Cultural Experiences
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To learn about the Maasai culture is one thing… but why not be a part of it!

The Maasai are one of the biggest tribes in Africa. Most of the population in the Monduli district are from the Maasai tribe and Monduli is known as a Maasai township.

A proud people, they do their best to preserve their unique culture, and yes, different tribes in Africa can have very distinct characteristics and customs!

Maasai have a very traditional way of living, with most relatives all living in the same family compound. They were nomadic people, as traditionally Maasai would move with their cattle. Today, these animals are still how they get their income. Through the sale of their cattle and cattle products, they get just enough money to survive and move on. Interestingly, the NGO, Oxfam, claims that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands.

Maasai culture can seem very different to the modern West. For example men can be married to several women depending on how rich the man is, this status usually dependant on how many cattle he has!

There are actually financial reasons for a Maasai family to have many wives, as a larger family allows more hands to take care of their cattle, cow, goats, sheep and donkeys. This particular village is owned by an elderly man, Meshuko Mapi, who has 8 wives, 43 children and more than 160 grandchildren!

On this program, you will learn about their culture while participating in their daily tasks. Tasks are always divided, with men usually taking care of or selling the tribe’s cattle, while women will take part in milking, cooking, finding firewood and taking care of babies.

You will be staying with Maasai in their village to help them in their daily tasks, where you will find that there will be plenty of opportunities to explore Maasai culture more in the way of interaction, communication and exchange of cultures.

The villager’s founder is a great proponent of formal education, and you will be expected to arrange activities for kids in the village or manage an English class for children in the primary school.. This primary school was started by the Maasai villager leader to accommodate his many grandchildren, but nowadays it’s also open for any students who live nearby too!

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

This program starts every week.

During 2018

This program starts every week.

Aims & Objectives
  • Give you a unique experience living as one of the Maasai tribespeople
  • Improve the English and broaden the perspectives of the village’s school children
Schedule
Monday to Friday

A typical day during this program can look like:

  • Breakfast
  • Joining daily with Maasai (taking care cattle, milking, getting fire wood etc) or teaching English in primary school
  • Lunch
  • Joining daily with Maasai (check/monitor cattle, milking, getting fire wood etc) or arrange activities and games with kids in the village
  • Evaluation
  • Dinner

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                 -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment
  • Modest clothing i.e. covering the knees and shoulders
  • There is no electricity so flashlight, batteries and sleeping bag is needed

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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