courtesy of the IMB photo library

courtesy of the IMB photo library

Project#:

Country: Northern Tanzania

Dates:

Length: Short and Long Term

Minimum Education: High School Equivalency

Cost:

Description:

Can you rough it? Team members are needed who can live in challenging places while blessing those who live in great poverty. Many from this tribe in northern Tanzania live in the bush with very little water. Hours are spent each day digging in dry streambeds for enough water for themselves and their animals. Pure water from wells is providing new hope for these special people. With water wells bush schools are started, churches are planted and people are blessed with the Living Water. Come and be part of this difficult but rewarding ministry.

Cultural Information:

A total of 130 languages are spoken in Tanzania; most of them are from the Bantu family. Swahili and English are the two official languages of Tanzania. However, Swahili is the national language.

Given the conditions of the period, it was not possible to introduce Swahili in the entire educational system, because the scale of the task of writing or translating textbooks for primary schools was already considerable. As a result, English, the colonial language since the end of World War I, is still the language of high schools and universities. Many students leave school after finishing primary education.

Although the many non-official languages in Tanzania are not actively suppressed, they do not enjoy the same linguistic rights as Swahili and English. They also face language extinction, with one, the Kw'adza language, having no remaining speakers.

Geographic Information:

Northeast Tanzania exhibits a mountainous terrain and includes Mount Meru, an active volcano, Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano, and the Usambara and Pare mountain ranges. Kilimanjaro attracts thousands of tourists each year. West of those mountains is the Gregory Rift, which is the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley. On the floor of the rift are a number of large salt lakes, including Natron in the north, Manyara in the south, and Eyasi in the southwest. The rift also encompasses the Crater Highlands, which includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Ngorongoro Crater. Just to the south of Lake Natron is Ol Doinyo Lengai with an elevation of 3,188 m (10,459 ft),the world's only active volcano to produce natrocarbonatite lava.

Health Considerations:

Yellow fever vaccination required if traveling from a yellow fever endemic country

Equipment to Bring:

Basic essentials, Comfortable, lightweight, and casual clothes (if you are on a safari, neutral is best, bright and bold is not), Comfortable and strong shoes or boots, Brimmed hat, Sunscreen, Insect repellent.