2016 Work-Study Trip


Trip Overview & Objectives

The goals of the work-study program are to

—Work side-by-side with teachers in the Bukwaya area schools to improve their ability to access teaching materials via the internet in their subject areas, with an ultimate goal of improving the learning outcomes of their students.
—Experience Tanzanian culture and way of life from the perspective of its people; and
—Understand the challenges and rewards of NGOs working in a developing country.
—Raise $1000 from friends and family to help pay for books the LCRC will be supplied with. TDS will support your efforts with a personal donation web page, and all donations are tax-deductible. We ask you make a starting donation of $100 towards your goal.

Who can go?LCRC Workday DA (82)

Volunteers from all occupations and locations are welcomed. The program is open to individuals in good health who are 18 years or older. Minors at least 13 years old may participate if accompanied by a parent or permanent guardian. This program will appeal in particular to individuals who are interested in development, NGOs, education, African affairs, poverty issues, communications, anthropology, sociology, economics, business, women’s studies, and Black studies. Maximum enrollment is 15 volunteers. Space is limited and qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To secure a spot with the program you will need to

  1. Submit an application form.
  2. Submit a signed liability waiver and code of conduct acknowledging personal risks of traveling in a developing country.
  3. Make a 10% deposit payment of $200 by May 1. (The final payment in due May 15.)


When is it?

The program will officially begin on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Arusha, Tanzania. Volunteers MUST depart the US by June 9th in order to arrive in Tanzania by June 10th. The program will end on June 25, 2016 with departure from Musoma to Mwanza airport, and arrival back in the US (or other destination) on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

What will we do?

Volunteers witness two elephants crossing the path on their safari.

Volunteers will spend the first few days in Arusha, exploring and visiting local NGO’s before making the journey across Northern Tanzania to Musoma. Travelers will be driven through Ngorongoro Crater and stop for lunch in Olduvai Gorge, before arriving at the entrance gates to the Serengeti, where they’ll safari and camp overnight in the park.

Once volunteers have arrived in Musoma, they’ll be matched with 3-4 high school teachers in a given subject area, e.g., physics. Your goal is to teach them how to surf the internet to find relevant materials to improve how they teach their courses. So if you have the physics teachers, perhaps you will guide them to the Hubble Space Telescope page and help them bookmark and print a picture or two to pass around their classrooms when they teach astronomy.

Travelers will have some free time to explore the local markets, interact with the locals and go on a boating excursion to Rukuba Island in Lake Victoria. This portion of the trip also includes an invitation to attend the grand opening of the Madaraka Nyerere Library and Community Resource Center. This ceremony to reveal the culmination of Tanzania Development Support’s 5 year project is sure to be a grand celebration!

The trip will close with a farewell dinner with the various Tanzanian teachers and community partner’s volunteers will have had the pleasure of working with during their stay in Musoma. The following morning travelers will depart for their final destination, spending one night in Mwanza before flying back across Tanzania to Dar es Salaam, where flights will depart back to the U.S..

How much will it cost?

Epheta Retreat Center
Epheta, volunteer accomodations for the trip.

Trip Cost $2000 + airfare + optional add-ons*
Price includes:

  • Two weeks accommodations, incountry transportation and most meals while abroad
  • Visa to enter country
  • Safari and camping in Serengeti National Park
  • Rukuba Island excursion


*Optional add-ons: intensive Kiswahili language training May 28 and June 4 in Naperville, IL ($25) and/or an extra week visiting Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar ($475)


TDS Travel Program Director Kurt Thurmaier

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Kurt Thurmaier is President of Tanzania Development Support, a US 501c3 NGO that raises funds to support development projects in the Mara Region of Tanzania. He and his wife Jeanine founded TDS in 2008 after returning from a trip to Tanzania. He co-led the first work-study trip with Jeanine. The 2016 program is the 5th TDS work-study program and we will continue construction of a library and community resource center in Nyegina Village, Tanzania.

Contact Kurt about the trip program at kthur@tdsnfp.org


General questions about TDS may be directed to info@tdsnfp.org.