arusha and beyond

  • Arusha is… “A laid-back gateway to Tanzania’s Northern safari circuit offering a taste of ‘real Africa'.”
  • See lions, zebra, elephant, antelope, cheetah and more, on safari in the Serengeti
  • Hike up Mt. Meru for a panorama of the vast plains, and drive across Ngorongoro crater
  • The easygoing attitude of the Arushan people will rub off on you. Your presence will fuel local people’s inquisitive nature, meaning you’ll quickly make friends
  • Village Healthcare Week: Spend an extra week in Tanzania and become an honorary member of the Maasai tribe, observing healthcare traditions and local culture
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Our Arusha house is a 15-minute ‘dala-dala’ ride from the centre of town, and on clear days the silhouette of Mount Meru can be seen from the balconies. The house is a social hub with a number of living and dining spaces, comfortable bedrooms and a beautiful garden — the perfect place for sunbathing after a busy day on placement, or socialising and chatting with new friends.

Your Programme Manager and their assistant run the house and will provide 24/7 support. You’ll also have a housekeeper, a chef who’ll cook you two incredible meals every day (weekly BBQ nights are a lot of fun), and a language teacher who hosts lessons twice a week.

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In addition to your main placement in Arusha, for one week you’ll have the opportunity to live with the country’s most famous tribe – the Maasai.

You’ll stay in a traditional enkang as a member of a Maasai family who’ll welcome you in as one of their own. You’ll learn age-old healing practices and work in the village dispensary, observing how everything from malaria treatment to paediatric vaccinations are handled. In the afternoons you’ll spend time with one of our guides immersing yourself in Maasai culture - watch traditional dances, visit sacred sites, observe a goat sacrifice and more. Living with the Maasai tribe is a rarely afforded privilege, and the perfect complement to your healthcare placement.

Case Studies - Saskia van Ool

Electives in Tanzania - Arusha

Sarah van der Valk

"The time I spent in Tanzania was genuinely the most amazing experience in my life."

Sarah van der Valk, 2016

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Case Studies Ellen  Smith

"The Ngorongoro Crater was the most stunning place I have ever been"!

Ellen Smith - Safari and Massai VHE, Liverpool John Moores University 2016

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Case Studies - Saskia van Ool

"We rode piki-piki’s and watched a famous Maasai tradition - the goat sacrifice".

Saskia Van Ool - Maasai VHE , 2016

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Ahmad, Naaz

Living with the Maasai tribe is an experience I appreciated immensely.

Naaz Ahmad, King's College London 2015

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Our visit to the Maasai village was an unforgettable experience!

Juliana Jeffri Jee and Nasrah Mohd Arif , University College Cork 2015

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