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Tanzania – Service Trips – Service & Citizenship


The Tanzania tour, in partnership with Presbyterian Ladies’ College, travels to Matipwili, a remote rural village north of Dar es Salaam to complete work aimed at improving educational opportunities. For most of one week, students labour alongside local students and village tradesmen. Materials needed for the work are purchased using money fundraised by tour participants. While in Tanzania, the group also climbs Mount Meru and visits a number of National Parks.


The Tanzania Expedition will build on the previous six expeditions since 2004. Once again, the trip will be run with PLC and is open to boys who will be in Year 11 and 12. Similarly, to previous trips, the expedition will focus on service to local communities, with some time for a wildlife safari and touring of Tanzania too.

The main focus of service is Matipwili village. In 2016, the expedition continued to work on improving the facilities for teaching and learning for the village community. In 2018 the group built infrastructure for vital water and sanitation needs. In the past, students have labored alongside local students and village tradesmen to construct trade training centres, water storage faciltiies, toilet blocks, and classrooms and school  buildings. The group will spend five nights at ‘Kisampa’, a bush camp near Matipwili while working in the village.

To compliment the groups time at the Matipwili, the touring group will go on a safari to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, on the margins of the Sergengeti National Park. We will also visit a Maasai compound or ‘boma’ to see how these colourful traditional nomadic cattle herders live.

Scotch College and PLC have built a meaningful and lasting partnership with the people of Matipwili and we can’t wait to further that in the upcoming tour!





When is the tour run to Tanzania?

The tour runs every 2nd year and the next tour will run in the July school holidays.

How many students are required for the tour to go head?

The tour requires a minimum of 24 students in order for it to be confirmed.

The cost of the tour?

The tour cost is yet to be finalised. This is primarily due to the variable costs such as flights, land content and exchange rates.  The tour cost will be reviewed throughout the year prior to departure.

What does the tour cost include?

The tour cost includes:

  • Return airfare to Dar es Salaam
  • Private coach airport transfers
  • Travel within Tanzania in superior 4WD vehicles with experienced drivers/guides
  • All accommodation and most meals for 16 days in Tanzania
  • Participation in a service project at Matipwili village in the province of Pwani (4days)
  • Ascent of Mt Meru (3800 ASL) including all fees for guides and group porters
  • All national park fees
  • Tanzanian visa
  • Internal flights from Arusha to Dar es Salaam
  • Travel insurance cover
  • International SOS membership
  • Tour shirt
  • Journal and diary
What is not included in the tour costs?

The tour cost does NOT include:

  • Personal spending money, or cash required for individual and some group tipping (approx. $250US)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (approx.$50USD)
  • Students will be required to bring a warm sleeping bag, hiking boots, warm clothing and backpack. (A full equipment list will be provided later) (approx. $500-$1000 depending on personal choice)
  • Vaccinations (approx. $400-$600 per person, depending on individual’s health profile)
  • Passport
  • Re-entry visa expenses for non-Australian passport holders(if required)
  • Personal first aid kit (TravelDoctor)
  • Personal mobile phone costs