“ISL’s Tanzania General Med Team will be the most amazing, outstanding, and eye-opening experience of your life so far. You get the chance to work with qualified, recognized, and caring health professionals. You really get a chance to physically help patients and the people of Tanzania. Everyone involved dedicates 110%, and your fellow team members will become your close friends. This trip reaffirmed my desire to become a physician, and will really inspire any person who has a passion for medicine or helping others.”
–Brandon R., Virginia Tech University
Tanzania, as one of the most diverse countries in Africa is full of natural riches and cultural wealth. Located on the eastern side of the continent, Tanzania is home to Africa’s highest mountain, deepest lake, largest game preserve, most famous national park, and most abundant movement of wildlife. In addition to its many geographical gems, Tanzania is home to a cultural mosaic of more than 120 distinct ethnic groups. There are more than 158 local languages spoken in the country however Swahili is the national language that is widely spoken while English is the official language of education; administration and business.
Tanzania teams typically consist of 4-12 volunteers and are accompanied by professional ISL staff and a local, licensed health professional.
Visitors to Tanzania are required to purchase a $100 Tourist Visa as well as a $200 CTA (Conducting a Temporary Assignment) Permit upon arrival. Volunteers traveling with other than US passports need to check with the Tanzanian Embassy for Visa/Permit instructions.
ISL volunteers to Tanzania arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. After collecting their luggage and going through customs, they are met by an ISL staff member and are transported to the Stella Maris Hotel at Mailisita, Kibosho, a 30 minute ride from the airport. Along the way volunteers enjoy a wonderful view of Mount Kilimanjaro, which can also be seen from the hotel. Volunteers do not need to bring a mosquito net for their own use since the hotel provides them, but many volunteers buy these life-saving nets after they arrive and donate them to the people we serve.
Distance and travel time to work sites varies but most are within an hour’s ride from the hotel.
Recreation Day for Tanzania volunteers is a safari to one of the Tanzanian National Parks. Teams with shorter stays enjoy a one day safari to the Tarangire National Park. Teams with longer stays enjoy a two day safari to the Ngoro Ngoro National Park. Home to nearly 25,000 animals, Ngoro Ngoro Crater is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Many volunteers extend their stay (not included in the program cost) to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Tanzania teams stay at a non-profit hotel in Mailisita, near Mt. Kilimanjaro. The hotel is dedicated to funding the Stella Maris School for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children.