Iringa, Tanzania

Empowering Girls Through Sports

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Information for term Empowering Girls Through Sports

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 4, 2020 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)


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Champion a cause, learn about life in a developing country, and go out on a limb — far outside your comfort zone. 

Your mission: To encourage the empowerment of girls through soccer and local NGO, Karibu Tanzania Association. Your challenge: To rough it in a completely foreign culture, with minimal comforts from home. Your rewards: Learning different ideas about time, about making a living, and about the important things in life. Learning that through hard work you can make an impact.   

This life-changing program is for adventure seekers, sports buffs, and budding global citizens eager for a truly authentic learning experience. While promoting the advancement of girls in Tanzania, you’ll be gaining an extraordinary education of your own about life in the developing world.

Tanzania is a vibrant, welcoming country where guests are met with open arms. Locals love soccer and love discussing current events, so get ready for both! Each day you’ll coach girls on the soccer field. In your free time, wind down and play touch rugby, volleyball, basketball, and soccer (of course!) with your friends.  For three hours a week, learn survival Swahili skills to be better able to communicate with your new friends. Enjoy daily activities from movie nights to Maasai jewelry making to basket making and short hikes. Spend time with your homestay families in the evenings to experience real life in Tanzania.

The Take-Aways

  • Leadership

    Mentor young girls through soccer training camps and English conversation practice

  • Service

    Work with Iringa Development of Youth, Disabled and Children care (IDYDC) to create and facilitate a girls’ soccer league

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of International Service Learning (50+ hours)

Location & Culture

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Tanzania has some of the most iconic landscapes and animals in the world.

This beautiful East African country spans vast wilderness areas. Major regions range from the plains of Serengeti National Park, habitat of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino, to Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Tanzania is also well known for its archaeological sites, some of which contained very important fossils! In total, the country has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Iringa, your home base, is a small, peaceful town overlooking the Little Ruaha River in the southern highlands of Tanzania. Iringa is a major agricultural center and a popular stop along the way to Ruaha National Park. In the town center you’ll find several cafes, a pizza restaurant, a small supermarket, and shops selling baskets and crafts.

People in Tanzania are friendly towards tourists and guests. Teenagers are very serious about school, as they know an education can open up doors previously closed to their parents. Even a high-school education is extremely difficult to obtain. They are grateful for opportunities and look forward to your time together. 

Daily Life

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Daily Life

In the small, pleasant town of Iringa you’ll live in a homestay, together with one or two other students per family.

You’ll help prepare evening meals, which typically consist of rice and beans, ugali (similar to polenta), greens and often meat, chicken, fish, or eggs. East African dishes are not very spicy. French fries, chapatti bread, grilled banana, and fried plantains are popular treats.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Learn to prepare Tanzanian food in a group cooking class.
  • Get crafty in a basket-weaving activity.
  • Watch traditional healers do their work. 
  • Visit a rural village.
  • Students learn traditional dances.
  • Hike to Gangilonga (whispering) Rock and to 14,000-year-old rock paintings.


  • Travel back in time on a day trip to Mkwawa Museum to learn about the famous chief, and to the Isimila stone-age site, one of the most important archaeological treasures in Tanzania.
  • Embark on a safari to Ruaha National Park, the largest of its kind in Tanzania, to see African animals in the wild.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.
  • This program involves engaging in moderate to high intensity physical activities and team sports.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 14, 2020 Jul 4, 2020


Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020


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