CULTURAL HISTORY OF NORTHERN TANZANIA
Learn about the various cultures interacting in the specific context of northern Tanzania. Enjoy your orientation at the United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC), in the foothills of Mount Meru. Engage with local waMeru and Maasai families and students, and develop a deeper understanding of the precolonial, colonial, and post-colonial histories of the various peoples of the region. We are able to arrange local homestays if your program permits. We can also arrange opportunities for community service in the communities being visited by the program.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
7am Breakfast as a group at the UAACC. Discuss the upcoming activities of the day. Debrief of previous day(s) activities.
9-12 Field visit or lecture/discussion – at UAACC or the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha. Field visits may include the Maasai market in Arusha, the Meserani Maasai Culture Center, west of Arusha, etc.
1pm Lunch in Arusha or at UAACC
2-4 Ongoing field trips or lecture/discussion at UAACC. If the former, return to UACC by 4:30pm.
4:30 Tea and snacks at UAACC, free time until dinner
8pm Film, guest lecture, group discussion
Weekends will generally be set aside for rest and reflection, although we recommend field trips to local and regional cultural and environmental sites, including Ngorongoro Crater and Oldupai Gorge (3 or 4-day safari), Lake Duluti, local coffee plantation(s), and other community organizations focusing on the waMeru and/or Maasai communities.