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 10 – 30, 2018 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 8 – 28, 2018 (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 four hours each week you’ll also mix with students at a local high school, engaging in one-on-one English conversation and group discussions, and taking trips to town or playing sports together. This is a great way to bond and the local teens are grateful for the opportunity.

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.  


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 stopping 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

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on this program.


  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Host Family

  • 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 watch/learn traditional dances
  • Hike to Gangilonga Rock, the site of several battles during the First and Second World Wars.
  • Discover rock paintings on excursions.


  • 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 multi-day safari to Ruaha National Park, the largest of its kind in Tanzania, to see African animals in the wild.

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.




Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2018 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 10, 2018 Jun 30, 2018


Summer Session II 2018 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 8, 2018 Jul 28, 2018


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