MAD Service Portion
Make A Difference (MAD) was established to develop, promote and support the education of disadvantaged children in Africa and India. Through providing access to quality education, MAD’s aim to give kids the opportunity to rise above the cycle of poverty. Programs and services sponsored by MAD focus on education as an empowerment tool. Areas such as, health, job skill training, income generating activities, and community schools are paramount to this goal.
Specifically, MAD works to empower kids who were orphaned in early childhood. By sponsoring 22 children who had lost their primary caregiver, these kids now have access to education and reside together in a home just outside of Moshi. In addition, they attend a great school near the gates of Kilimanjaro in Himo, Tanzania for which MAD provides uniforms and books essential to their schooling. MAD is also currently building a computer center and large library for the school.
Service Opportunities Tanzania:
MAD has partnered with a center for street children, which is an organization that works with and on behalf of babies that have been abandoned and need care. They also work with a local organization dedicated to HIV/AIDS education in Moshi, Tanzania.
As a volunteer you can help with the following activities:
- Conduct a Workshop on Sanitation
- Launch a MAD Environmental Club
- Help the children learn how to read
- Teach them games and sports
- Garden so the children have fresh veggies and fruit
- Help repair bunk beds, desks, and paint
- Build a small library
- Teach music, art and/or drama
- Film projects and help get support
- Help with grant writing to foundations
- Set up micro loans for small businesses.
Safaris can be customized for 3, 4, or 5 nights.
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park – Swala Camp
Meet in Arusha, and drive to Swala Camp for lunch. Afterwards, enjoy a game drive. Tarangire is known for its elephant population and spectacular baobabs of every shape, which create an absolutely beautiful setting.
Swala Camp is located under a majestic umbrella of acacia and baobab trees at the southwestern part of the park, by the Gurusi marches. The camp offers a most peaceful setting for a traveller after a long day of game viewing. The camp is made up of 12 double tents, a swimming pool, lounge, and dining area with sweeping decks overlooking the waterhole. All tents face east, overlooking the marshland and watering hole and feature full-length windows, indoor & outdoor shower, and broad decks with comfortable lounge chairs.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park – Swala Camp
Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. During the dry season, the river lures herds of plains migrants from the parched, surrounding area to its shrunken, brackish waters. The animals come by the thousands, dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared oryx. As the rainless days continue, the Tarangire’s pools are heavily populated with thirsty migrants, and the elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry riverbed.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park – Ngorongoro – Gibbs Farm
Enjoy a morning game drive in Tarangire National Park. Take a picnic lunch and drive to your lodge, which is perched on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater highlands. The lodge features easy access to the Ngorongoro Crater.
Coffee plantations and a vegetable farm surround Gibb’s Farm, with extensive views over the lush and beautiful agricultural country. The old, colonial farmhouse, built by German settlers in the early 20th century, still has the character of a well-kept after private house with log fires and friendly service. The food is delicious, and the farm provides most of the cuisine. Homegrown coffee or tea with cakes is served mid-morning and afternoons.
The main facilities — lounge, dining room, shop — are situated in the old farmhouse, while sleeping accommodation is in 19 double rooms (seven of them in separate cottages) set among the gardens.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park – Kusini Camp
Following breakfast, drive to Olduvai Gorge — the site where Dr. Mary Leakey unearthed a Zinj skull believed to be 1.8 million years old. Continue driving to your lodge, located in the southern tip of the Serengeti National Park. Kusini is the ideal location to catch a glimpse of the wildebeest migration from December through March. The camp lies in the path of the wildebeest as they give birth to their young.
Lunch provided. Afternoon game drive.
Kusini Camp is built in and around a large kopje. The camp offers spectacular views across the woodland situated on the edge of the short grass plains. The camp is made up of nine double tents, scattered around the kopje, with the dining tent and common area as the central feature. Privacy between tents is guaranteed, as they are a substantial distance from one another and are generally concealed.
Day 5: Serengeti National Parks – Kusini Camp
Enjoy a full day exploring the Serengeti by four-wheel drive vehicle with thrilling morning and afternoon game drives. Whether this is your first time on safari or a return trip, the Serengeti will not disappoint you.
The Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous National Park in the world. The Serengeti perhaps defines the safari experience with the wildlife that inhabits it. Established in 1951, and covering an area of almost 15,000 sq km – an area comparable to the state of Connecticut or Northern Ireland, the Serengeti hosts a fantastically diverse eco-system. The principal attraction of the Serengeti is the passing of the wildebeest migration, 1.5 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game that follow close behind, stalked by the inevitable predators who make the most of the ‘feast’ close at hand.
Day 6: Serengeti – Arusha
After breakfast, return to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport.