MAASAI TRIBAL IMMERSION 2018
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 210€ per week, culture week mandatory to start the programme: 280€.
- Code : G/TAN/MTI2018
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 98
The Green Lion
To learn about the Maasai culture is one thing but why not be a part of it! The Maasai are one of the biggest tribes in Africa. Most of the population in the Monduli district are from the Maasai tribe and Monduli is known as a Maasai township. A proud people, they do their best to preserve their unique culture, and yes, different tribes in Africa can have very distinct characteristics and customs! Maasai have a very traditional way of living, with most relatives all living in the same family compound. They were nomadic people, as traditionally Maasai would move with their cattle. Today, these animals are still how they get their income. Through the sale of their cattle and cattle products, they get just enough money to survive and move on. Interestingly, the NGO, Oxfam, claims that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands. Maasai culture can seem very different to the modern West. For example men can be married to several women depending on how rich the man is, this status usually dependant on how many cattle he has! There are actually financial reasons for a Maasai family to have many wives, as a larger family allows more hands to take care of their cattle, cow, goats, sheep and donkeys. This particular village is owned by an elderly man, Meshuko Mapi, who has 8 wives, 43 children and more than 160 grandchildren! On this program, you will learn about their culture while participating in their daily tasks. Tasks are always divided, with men usually taking care of or selling the tribe’s cattle, while women will take part in milking, cooking, finding firewood and taking care of babies. You will be staying with Maasai in their village to help them in their daily tasks, where you will find that there will be plenty of opportunities to explore Maasai culture more in the way of interaction, communication and exchange of cultures. The villager’s founder is a great proponent of formal education, and you will be expected to arrange activities for kids in the village or manage an English class for children in the primary school.. This primary school was started by the Maasai villager leader to accommodate his many grandchildren, but nowadays it’s also open for any students who live nearby too!
About the Accommodation : Expect a very ‘back to nature’ approach during your stay here! You will live as a homestay visitor in a native house made from wood sticks and clay-soil. There is no running tap water, but this family compound is next to a natural pond where water is drawn from. The Maasai live without any electricity, and though some houses have recently acquired solar cells, you should not expect it. Many of the families of this tribe do not have proper toilets but you can expect squatting toilets will be available and showering using a bucket. They also use cow skin to sleep on it like a mattress. You will also sleep and live like them really experience and learn about their way of life. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with extreme restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Food Arrangements : Meals are inspired by the local cuisine and consist of a lot of corn, rice and bananas. Beef, goat meat, beans, and green leafy vegetables will help to add nutrients to your daily meals.
You will be staying in a homestay of a very simple, traditional Maasai family home in the Maasai Village of Mzee Laiboni.
Additional Equipment : Modest clothing i.e. covering the knees and shoulders, There is no electricity so flashlight, batteries and sleeping bag is needed.