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Cultural Tourism with the Maasai


Tanzania: Arusha, Rural Areas

Program Duration

2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks


Throughout the year


throughout the year


Participants in this program must be extremely adaptable and flexible self starters. A background in marketing is a big help.

Intern Types

  • Anthropology
  • Sales
  • Tourism


  • English
  • Swahili

Cost in US$:

Starting at USD 795 for two weeks

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Registration fees
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers and interns to prepare for their travels.

Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the Kilimanjaro airport and provided with transportation to the volunteer house

In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Tanzania, city tours, and help with transportation.

In-country Staff Support: ELI's Tanzania coordinator has years of experience working with visitors to Tanzania. He is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a Maasai family in their traditional kraal or homestead. The accommodations are very basic. Host families do not have running water or electricity, and subsist off a simple diet. Participants must be prepared to adapt to the local conditions.

Experience Required


    Participants in this program should have some marketing experience. Tourism related experience is a big help as well.

Volunteer Types

  • Arts
  • Community Development
  • Computer Training
  • Culture
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Human Rights
  • Marketing
  • Small Business Development
  • Tourism
  • Tree Planting
  • Writing

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range

18 and over

This Program is open to

American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Written Application