Mount Kilimanjaro. The Serengeti. Zanzibar: The Spice Island.
IPSL students choose to study and volunteer in Tanzania for many reasons. Desires for Global activism, community building, and self-exploration, learning an African language and engulfing in Tanzanian culture are some of the reasons shared by our former and current IPSL students.
IPSL connects you with our locally-owned and -run environmental organizations where you will take part in restoration projects, as well as practice environmentally-friendly methods of re-planting and sustainably harvesting hardwood for commercial use in a welcoming community that is nestled at the base of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro!
Perhaps you have a social cause you are passionate about: we offer an opportunity to bring your ideas to life at our local orphanage. IPSL students have amazing opportunities to work with vulnerable populations and gain hands-on experience working with children, helping nurture and teach them to achieve their dreams. We are the only program in the country that tailors the experience to you.
Our recent student, for example, established an online donation site to help raise funds to take local kids on an educational excursion...something they had never done before! Also working with our children also moved and inspired one of our former students to raise funds to send a blind child to a great School for the Blind in Nairobi. She and other volunteers have become part of our IPSL Tanzania family.
At IPSL Tanzania, the opportunities for self-growth are endless. You will receive a Tanzanian education at a Tanzanian University, live with a Tanzanian family and get some valuable work experience by working at an environmental agency, our local orphanage, or other organizations.
You will visit Arusha National park and the UN offices and cultural museums. Do not forget that we have quite a few free long weekends, which are ideal to do your own Safari getaways to the Serengeti or the island of Zanzibar not to mention cross-border travel into neighboring East African Countries. We are also lucky to have our program in Arusha...a manageable city with a relaxed vibe, affordable fun, and which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Read what an alumnus of IPSL's program in Tanzania has to say...
"I am so thankful for my experiences with IPSL Tanzania. I was initially drawn to this program for the service learning component, but the program was so much more than that. Arusha is a vibrant city filled with locals, expats, and international volunteers. Mount Meru University, located in the nearby Ngaramtoni, is the perfect place to build relationships with teachers and befriend fellow students. Ngaramtoni is also the location of Jane’s Orphan Center, where I completed my service hours by teaching English to local children. Those kids changed my whole world, and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of their family. Evans and Joyce, the in-country staff, are two of the most fantastic people. They are so much more than just program directors who plan safaris and teach a class. They are two of the most hilarious and entertaining people who are your friends from Day 1. On top of all of these wonderful experiences, the opportunity to live with a host family was the cherry on top. They welcomed me, taught me, and most importantly, loved me. From the mountains of Arusha to the beaches of Zanzibar, IPSL Tanzania is an experience you will not regret." Nikki G. - Florida