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Tanzania, Through Their Lens

Trip Leader: Josephine Nicholson
Chaperone: Aurelie Cressin  

Africa is known as the birthplace of mankind, and it is now home to the world’s most diverse and unique places and experiences. The United Republic of Tanzania, a country of approximately 55 million people is located in East Africa and is no exception as it is home to some of the most diverse groups of people, cultures, animals, and landscapes. It is also known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.
The MHS trip to Tanzania will focus on global citizenship and cultural competency through daily interactions with locals, hands-on community service, and more. This trip will enhance the students’ leadership skills by experiencing global citizenship and cultural competence, alongside with allyship and interpersonal efficacy. Being a global citizen means being able to look at the world through a perspective that is both culturally competent and understanding. Thus, the students will have numerous opportunities to collaborate with peers from the Braeburn International School of Arusha and other local schools, where they will have the chance to exchange thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Community service will also be an emphasis of this trip, as the students will visit a local orphanage. They will participate in classes, spend time with the orphans, and learn the local language (Tanzanian Swahili). The students will have the opportunity to meet with Pete O'Neal, Jr., former chairman of the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party and who now lives in Tanzania. Mr. O'Neal is co-founder of the United African Alliance Community Center, focusing on healing the community by providing a diverse array of free art, music, film, and other classes.

This trip will also include a safari through territory that is home home to hundreds of animal species including lions, zebras, elephants, and more. The region is also home to the Masai people, an ethnic group residing throughout Kenya and Tanzania, known for their vibrant and colorful jewelry. The students will visit a Masai village and interact with Masai people. Students will also have the opportunity to embark on a day hike at Mt. Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain, which is also home to many breathtaking waterfalls. Additionally, the trip will include a visit to the headquarters of the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in Arusha, where students will learn how the economy works and how the EAC supports the economic, political, social, and cultural integration of 
Tanzania and member countries in East Africa. Finally, the students will visit local craftsmen and craftswomen. We invite you to join and experience Tanzania with us and enjoy one of Africa’s most beautiful countries.

Interested in this trip? Please contact Josephine Nicholson.  
Trip Application: Due October 18
In 300 words, explain how this trip will be beneficial to you academically and personally. Give this some serious consideration and think both in the short- and long term. We are interested in learning how you hope this trip will influence your worldview and sense of yourself as a global citizen.

Please review, complete, and submit the following by November 8 to Josephine Nicholson:

Trip Details

Date: June 1- 10, 2020

Trip Leader, Josephine Nicholson and 
Chaperone, Aurelie Cressin
Student Leader, Ayla Wallace

Tanzania Daily Itinerary

The minimum number of MHS students for the trip to run: 10 Students.
Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in three to a four-star hotel in Arusha with twin room occupancy, private facilities are guaranteed throughout the trip.

Transportation: We will travel together via to JFK  International Airport and will use ground transportation while in Tanzania. Families need to provide their own transportation from JFK, International Airport if the student is not returning to Pittsfield, Massachusetts at the end of the trip.
Costs payable to MHS:
Total cost per student: $ 2,996/student, (based on 10 students)

Insurance: The cost of the trip includes trip cancellation insurance and limited emergency medical
coverage through InsureMytrip for Education, an international travel insurance company. Detailed materials will be sent to all families.

Timeline of Payments: (*all payments are non-refundable) 
  • Payment #1 (November 8, 2019)     $950
  • Payment #2 (December 16, 2019) $700
  • Payment #3 (January 17, 2020) $700
  • Payment #4 (February 14, 2020)     $646
          *see exceptions in InsureMytrip for Education insurance policy

This fee includes:
  • Round trip airfare with a major carrier on scheduled flights and guaranteed dates
  • All airport taxes and fuel surcharges (which will not change after the time of enrollment for any participant)
  • Accommodation in three and four-star hotels in Arusha in twin rooms with private facilities guaranteed
  • Breakfast at hotel and dinners in local restaurants depending on the itinerary, two meals/day
  • Students are responsible for lunch days 5,6,8 and 9 according to the itinerary
  • All excursions, cultural activities and (pre-booked) admissions as per the itinerary
  • Transportation by bus to and from airport transfers and tours
  • Travel insurance, a comprehensive policy through InsureMytrip for Education, an international travel insurance company that includes limited health, property and cancellation coverage.

What is NOT included:
  • Special travel arrangements:  If your child will not be flying with us to Tanzania or you plan to have your child fly back from another destination, these arrangements need to be made by you and cannot interrupt the trip itinerary.
  • Students are responsible for lunch days 5,6,8 and 9 (see above provisions)
  • Transportation from JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to MHS. NOTE: Students will arrange transportation from the airport or can return to Pittsfield, MA  with the chaperones for an additional fee.
  • Visas (if required), and if required, students must have their visas secured by February 28, 2020.  The following link lists the countries for which a visa is required to secure entrance into Tanzania.
  • Any fees that might be imposed by the airlines at the airport for checked baggage
  • It is recommended that students bring additional money to use for personal expenses, souvenirs, etc., and for the additional meal not included in the trip fee.

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