Located in central east Africa, Tanzania contains some of the most beautiful scenery in Africa—the Serengeti plains, the southern shore of Lake Victoria, and Mt. Kilimanjaro. On the east, Tanzania borders the Indian Ocean. Although most of the Tanzanian people can read the Bible in Kiswahili, it is a not the heart language of many-especially in the rural areas. Participating in a Mast will greatly help the Tanzanian people.
- We recommend that you use Travel Docs Visa information to obtain your visa if you want someone helping you through the process. Wikipedia is a good resource for general information about options.
- Visa application form required and signed by applicant.
- Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your arrival date.
- At least one blank Visa page.
- Two recent passport photos.
- Flight Itinerary with proof of departure.
- Introductory letter from the organization either in the US or Tanzania.
- Travel with at least one extra passport photo.
- You Wycliffe Recruiter or Team Lead for the MAST.
- You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Tanzania for the most up to date travel info.
- Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
- Contact your health provider for other recommendations vaccinations.
- Recommend that you carry medication for traveler’s diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
- If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto-Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.
- For Men:
- Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
- For Women:
- National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress, but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
- Socially acceptable and expected footwear:
- Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Recommend good walking soles. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."
- Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater or jacket will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.
Things to bring:
- Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
- Bug Spray— or wipe with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
- A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
- A small flashlight and small battery operated fan.
- Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries.
- Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, plantain chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
- Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.
Things to Know
- Unlike some parts of East Africa where travelers can "get by" with English, most Tanzanians only speak Swahili and other languages.
- ATMs are available and will function for most common banking cards.
- Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet fairly often.
- There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
- Notify your bank that you will be in Tanzania so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.