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Maasai Tribal Immersion

Experience the enchanting world of the Maasai! Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of their age-old customs and daily rituals, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Discover the proud Maasai people! Immerse yourself in their traditional customs and daily routines, and make the most of this unforgettable experience!

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Description

Program Description

It is one thing to learn about Maasai culture; why not become a part of it? This is your opportunity to benefit from the experience of being and doing. You can see the Maasai way of life up close and participate in the many activities that they do on a daily basis.

You will be welcome to stay in their village, learn about their culture, and participate in their daily tasks during this Maasai Village Homestay. Men are usually in charge of caring for and selling the tribe’s cattle, while women help with milking, cooking, finding firewood, caring for babies, and even building the boma houses. There will be numerous opportunities to learn more about Maasai culture through interaction and communication, as well as exchanges of ideas and experiences. You will also have the opportunity to learn beadwork from the village women, how to make Maasai sandals from the men, teach the village children some basic English, and/or teach/play sports with them.

The Maasai are proud people who do their best to preserve their unique culture, and yes, different tribes in Africa can have very distinct characteristics and customs! They are quite possibly one of the most emblematic tribes in East Africa. With a Nilotic ethnic background, they live in the northern Tanzanian and southern Kenya regions. The Maasai are known for their nomadic lifestyle (although, since the ’90s, the Tanzanian government passed a bill in which they were forced to settle in a single place), their colorful dress code, their beaded jewelry, and their awe-inspiring traditions.

The Maasai people have a very traditional way of living, with most relatives all living in the same family compound, which is traditionally known as a boma. They were nomadic people, as traditionally the Maasai would move with their cattle from one grazing place to another. Today, these animals are still how they earn their income. Through the sale of their cattle and cattle products, they would make just enough money to survive and move on. Interestingly, the NGO, Oxfam, claims that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands.

Westerners may find Maasai culture to be very different. Men, for example, can marry several women depending on their wealth; this status is usually determined by how many cattle they own, and there are financial reasons for a Maasai family to have many wives, as a larger family allows more hands to care for their cattle, cows, goats, sheep, and donkeys.

Embrace this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a cherished part of the Maasai culture and carry home a wealth of unforgettable memories and experiences.

**Given the program’s remote setting and limited local transportation, participants will spend their initial night at our Monduli center before traveling to the designated Maasai village in Moita, Arusha, the following day after orientation. It’s important to note that placements may be distributed across several Maasai villages to enhance the immersion experience**

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

  • Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the Maasai people through the Maasai Experience program.
  • Facilitate firsthand learning and understanding of the Maasai way of life by actively engaging in their daily activities.
  • Foster cultural exchange and mutual learning between you and the Maasai community.
  • Gain insights into Maasai traditions, such as beadwork and sandal-making, taught by skilled Maasai Women.
  • Create a platform for language exchange, where you can teach Basic English to the Maasai children and engage in sports activities with them.
  • Showcase the resilience and preservation of the Maasai culture, despite external pressures to abandon their traditional lifestyle.
  • Encourage yourself to embrace and appreciate the uniqueness of Maasai customs and characteristics.
  • Enhance environmental awareness by recognizing the Maasai’s sustainable farming practices and adaptation to challenging landscapes.
  • Forge lasting connections and meaningful relationships between you and the proud Maasai people.

Schedule

Monday

Upon your arrival on Sunday, you will be escorted to our Monduli center where you will spend the night. On Monday, the first day of your program, you will participate in an orientation day held in Monduli. This orientation is designed to acquaint you with the local culture, providing valuable insights and knowledge to ensure you are well-prepared for your upcoming stay in Moita.

During the orientation day in Monduli, you can expect the following activities:

  • Introduction Meeting, Moita House Rules, Setting Expectations, and Health and Safety Advice.
  • Handling of Documents, Tanzanian Do’s and Don’ts, Cultural Introduction, and Country History.
  • Intensive Swahili Language Lessons
  • Visit to Monduli Town: We’ll take a trip to Monduli Town, giving you the opportunity to purchase any personal items you may need during your stay in Moita.
  • Lunch at Monduli Center
  • Departure to Moita Maasai Village.
  • Register at Moita Village Chief’s Boma
  • Introduction to Moita and Familiarization
  • Dinner at Moita

Tuesday

The Maasai are a herding tribe well known for their traditions. Today will be spent grazing the livestock! You will accompany a Maasai warrior on his grazing activities through the bush – be prepared to walk for several hours!

During the dry season (June to October), this activity requires even more effort: the nearest river to the village becomes completely dry, forcing the villagers to walk further or dig holes to reach underground water so their livestock can drink. – don’t be surprised if you are invited to participate!

Wednesday

We will join the women of a boma in their traditional activities early in the morning. You can expect to participate in activities such as milking cows and walking donkeys to the river to fetch water.

After lunch, we will participate in an exciting workshop where you will learn how to make beautiful beaded Maasai jewelry, the kind that has made the Maasai such an iconic and colorful tribe.

The day will conclude with a cooking class led by one of our hosts. Take note, because this will be your dinner!

Thursday

Today is yet another day to feed the livestock! Grazing days are filled with adventure as they involve long walks through the African bush.

Friday

We will hike through the African wilderness once more! After a few hours of daring exploration, we will have a picnic with a view of the valley.

In the evening, we will have a bonfire where you will be able to hear legends about the Maasai and other village stories.

***Please keep in mind that in the village, things are done on an as-needed basis. This is just an example of what your week might look like during your homestay, but activities may change depending on weather, community needs, ceremonies, or other unforeseen circumstances. Your flexibility and ability to adapt to changes in your new surroundings will be of great benefit during this amazing experience***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                 65

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • Medical clearance required for older participants to ensure physical ability for strenuous activities.
  • Participants under 18 must provide a signed parental consent form.
  • Adequate fitness level necessary due to the active nature of the program.
  • Program organizers prioritize safety and well-being of all participants.

Additional Equipment

  • Modest Clothing: Please pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders as a sign of respect for the local customs and culture.
  • Flashlight or Headlamp with Extra Batteries: Due to limited solar panel electricity in Moita, it’s crucial to bring a reliable light source to navigate during nighttime or low-light situations.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Prepare for various activities and explorations by bringing comfortable and sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.
  • Reusable Water Bottles and Hydration Packs: Staying hydrated is essential in the African climate, so bring a refillable water bottle or hydration pack.
  • Sun Protection: Protect yourself from the strong Tanzanian sun by packing sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
  • Insect Repellent: Shield yourself from insects and potential irritants by bringing effective insect repellent.
  • Personal Toiletries: Bring basic toiletries, including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a towel, as they may not be readily available in the village.
  • Personal Medication / First Aid Kit: Carry any necessary personal medications and a basic first aid kit to ensure your well-being during the program.
  • Power Bank: As access to electricity is limited, a power bank will help keep your electronic devices charged using solar panels.
  • Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer: Ensure good hand hygiene by bringing alcohol-based hand sanitizer to keep hands clean and germ-free, especially when water is not readily available.
  • Wet Wipes: These can be useful for quick refreshment and cleanliness during outdoor activities and while traveling to areas without easy access to water.
  • Face Mask: Bring a face mask to protect against dusty winds and for situations where it may be required.