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!