Can graduate students go on a birthright journey?
Yes, graduate students are welcome! Keep in mind that you do not have to be a student to attend the Rites of Passage Journey or any of our birthright journey oppportunities.
Are there other costs that are not included in the listed price of the birthright journey?
How much is the visa fee for entry into Tanzania?
Do I need insurance to travel abroad?
While travel insurance is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Once you commit to your birthright journey and finalize yoru reservations, you can check on insurance and compare rates and coverage.
How much is airfare to Tanzania?
The cost of your airfare for your birthright journey depends on several things. A few considerations are:
How far in advance of your trip you purchase your flight
Which airport you fly out of in the US (for instance JFK has a direct flight to East Africa)
Your departure day
Any group discounts of travel awards that you can utilize, etc.
We suggest that you use several methods to try to price your airfare and come out whenever possible purchase your airfare directly from the airline that you will be flying on. For example, you might find an amazing fair on Expedia via Delta airlines. we suggest that you try to go to Delta airlines website directly and purchase that fair . that way you will be able to communicate directly with Delta if there are any problems or issues. For other tips/suggestions on finding airfare, stay tune for a video of how I do my airfare search.
How can I raise money for my trip?
Raising money for your trip is an excellent idea. There are several ways to raise money, ranging from using crowdfunding sites, like gofundme, to doing fundraising on your campus , at your church or even selling used items via garage sales, facebook marketplace or Craigslist. Once you let people know what you are raising money for, you will be surprised at how friends and family will support you and send you money for your journey! Remember, every little bit helps and even as little as $5 or $10 from people in your close circle will make your trip more memorable and enjoyable.
How much travel money should I bring?
The amount of travel money that you bring will depend on what you would like to do during your travels. If you plan to shop a lot or would like to purchase souvenirs or go on excursions other than what is listed on the itinerary, you should plan accordingly. However, not everything needs to involve cash. In most places, credit cards will be accepted and if you need to have cash, you can also use your ATM/debit card at established banks in Tanzania where they will convert your withdrawal into Tanzanian shilling.
Will I need vaccinations?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishes vaccination guidelines. Please go to cdc.gov to see what is recommended for Tanzania. Keep in mind that we will be going to the following places: Zanzibar, Arusha, Moshi & Dar es Salaam.
This information will be useful in determining the recommended vaccinations. Also, you may have already taken several of the recommended vaccinations (such as hepatitis) because they are also recommended for people living in the United States. So, make sure that you check your personal records before paying extra money getting vaccinations that you may not need.
What if I cannot climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
First, let’s be clear that we are not climbing the entire mountain. That is a six day climb! We are going on a one day, partial climb. Take a look at the KIli hike video on the website, if you have not seen it already, so that you can see what you can expect on your guided Mount Kili hike.
If, after looking at the video, you feel that this is something that may be too strenuous for you, please let us know and we will make other arrangements so that you can enjoy your day doing something that will better fit with your interest and abilities. If you’re still unsure, please give me a call and let’s discuss it.
Will we get an opportunity to interact with Tanzanians?
Yes, personal connections are an integral part of the Rites of Passage journey. Tanzanians are educated, speak multiple languages and have a rich cultural legacy that is fascinating and inspirational. Similarities, as well as differences between Tanzanian culture and American culture will be discussed during a free flow summit between college students from each country.