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A living experience

Experience a low impact lifestyle in a wild environment, discovering the African savannah while getting to know the local Maasai, Meru and Warusha communities and supporting their path towards sustainable development.

MTC Tailored Experiences

MTC experiences can be fully tailored to your specific needs.
 
You can design your service-learning program, combining short courses with volunteering experiences in the framework of the ongoing Oikos projects.You can rent the facilities to carry on your own program.You can develop a partnership to work on your university research.
 
Can you imagine life in the Maasai steppe? Go to MTC stories!
 
MTC experiences are ideal for international groups, particularly for companies involved in CSR programs.
Groups of more than 8 people can request a tailored experience offer. 

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Examples  of MTC tailored experiences realized in the past:

Wildeye is an international school of wildlife film-making. The MTC team arranged an 8 days experience that allowed participants to capture unique shots of the local natural environment and culture. 
Program
Day 1
8 am -  Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha.
Drive to Mkuru Training Camp (about two hours drive).
Lunch at MTC.
Pm -  Short introduction to the camp, time to unpack, relax and explore the camp.
5pm - Before dinner meeting to introduce the group, discuss the week’s activities and filming techniques (PW).
Dinner and overnight at MTC.

Day 2
7am onwards - Breakfast
9 am – Talk on Ecology of the Maasai Steppe and introduction to MTC/Oikos activities in the area. Tea break and second talk on Maasai Culture.
1pm – Lunch at MTC.
Pm - Completion of the theoretical introduction on Maasai Culture, followed by a short walk to the boma of a traditional leader, where the traditional way of life of the Maasai can be experienced.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.

Day 3
7am onwards - Breakfast.
Am - Talk on livestock management in the Maasai steppe. After the talk, practical experience on traditional methods of livestock keeping. Practical techniques on filming of livestock.
Lunch, Dinner and overnight at MTC.

Day 4
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am - Field lecture on medicinal plants and their use by a traditional Maasai healer; opportunity to buy medicines; learning how Maasai use their environment for every day purposes, including how to make fire.
Lunch – Picnic on the field.
Pm - Visit to the bat cave. The natural cave is used traditionally by Maasai for ceremonies, by bats for roosting and by baboons for sleeping during the night.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.

Day 5
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am - Hike on the Ol doinyo Lendaree, the pyramid looking shape mountain overlooking the camp. A great chance to get scenic shots!
Lunch - Picnic lunch on the top of the hill.
Pm - Further filming of everyday life within the Maasai village.
Dinner and overnight - at MTC.

Day 6
7am onwards - Breakfast
All day visit to Arusha National Park with instruction on wildlife identification and tracking. Head back to MTC In the late afternoon.
Lunch - Picnic in the park.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.

Day 7
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am - Filming techniques in particular situations such as during interviews and traditional ceremonies.
Pm - Meet the Mkuru camel herders; talk on the history of camels in the area, management problems, nutritional and economical contribution of the camels amongst pastoralist communities.
Lunch, Dinner and night at MTC.

Day 8
7am onwards - Breakfast
Full day Camel Safari. A different mean of transport to explore the bush with picnic lunch.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.

Day 9
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am - Final chance to gather images of camp and village. Pack for departure
12am - Depart for Arusha.
2pm - Lunch.
Pm - Shopping time in Arusha.
5pm - Leave for the airport.

 
Number of participants Minimum 8
Cost
Managed in collaboration Wildeye - International School of Wildlife Film-making 
This two weeks experience was designed by MTC and Oikos staff for a group of Italian University students enrolled in a Biology course and interested in environmental conservation, traditional Maasai culture and development issues. 
Program

Day 1
Am -  Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha and pick up by 4x4 vehicle. Town visit for currency exchange, phone cards purchase etc. Drive to Mkuru Training Camp (about two hours drive).
Lunch at MTC.
Pm -  Short introduction to the camp and to Oikos activities in the area, time to unpack, relax and explore the camp and surroundings (first contacts with local Maasai and Meru people).
5pm - Before dinner meeting to introduce the group, discuss the week’s activities.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 2
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am – Lecture on Maasai culture and traditions.
Lunch at MTC.
Pm -  Official presentation of the visitors to the Maasai village traditional leader; short walk to a boma, where the traditional way of life of the Maasai can be experienced.
Talk on the ecology of the Maasai Steppe and its sustainable exploitation.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 3
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am – Hike on the Ol doinyo Lendaree, the pyramid looking shape mountain overlooking the camp. A great chance to get scenic shots!
Lunch at MTC.
Pm - Talk on wildlife management in Tanzania.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 4
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am – Birdwatching: recognising and monitoring the common bird species of the area.
Lunch at MTC.
Pm - Field activities on bird monitoring.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 5
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am – Birdwatching: recognising and monitoring the common bird species of the area.
Lunch at MTC.
Pm - Field activities on bird monitoring.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 6
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am – Birdwatching: recognising and monitoring the common bird species of the area.
Lunch at MTC.
Pm - Visit to the bat cave, extraordinary place used traditionally by Maasai for ceremonies, by bats for roosting and by baboons for sleeping during the night.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 7
7am onwards - Breakfast
Drive to the gate of the Arusha National Park, brief talk on forest conservation and sustainable management in the Mount Meru area, guided hike in the Arusha National park with Tanzania National Park rangers with picnic lunch. Return to the gate by 5 pm and drive to Arusha town.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 8
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am – Talk on the Cultural Tourism potential in Tanzania.
Lunch at MTC.
Pm - Visit to the Oikos Cultural Tourism initiative in the area.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 9
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am – Talk on livestock management and sustainability in the Maasai steppe.
Lunch at MTC.
Pm - Visit to the Maasai boma with the vet.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 10 and 11
Three days, two nights Camel safari in the Maasai steppe. Bush lunches, dinners under the stars and breakfast. Overnight in dome tents.
 
Day 12
7am onwards - Breakfast

Am – Talk on the ecology of Tarangire National Park and in particular on the large mammals use of habitat.

Lunch at MTC.

pm at leisure enjoying and relaxing.


 
Day 13
6 am: Early Breakfast, drive to the Tarangire National Park, full day safari with picnic lunch.
Pm – Return to Arusha in time for dinner.
Dinner and overnight in Arusha.
 
Day 14
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am – Final meeting and wrap up.
Lunch and pm – Visit to development projects in Arusha (e.g. Tanzania Maasai Women Art, Shanga), afternoon at leisure.
Departure for the airport.

 
Number of participants Minimum 8
Cost
USD 2500/per person 
This two weeks experience was designed by MTC and Oikos staff for a group of Italian University students interested in wildlife monitoring. 
Program Day 1
Am -  Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha and pick up by 4x4 vehicle. Town visit for currency exchange, phone cards purchase etc. Drive to Mkuru Training Camp (about two hours drive).
Lunch at MTC.
Pm -  Short introduction to the camp and to Oikos activities in the area, time to unpack, relax and explore the camp and surroundings (first contacts with local Maasai and Meru people).
5pm - Before dinner meeting to introduce the group, discuss the week’s activities.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 2
7am onwards - Breakfast
9am – Talk on Maasai culture and traditions.
11am – Talk on ecology of the Maasai Steppe
Lunch at MTC.
3pm -  Bush walk and basic wildlife tracking methods.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 3
7am onwards - Breakfast
8.30am – Research program presentation.
10.30am – Lecture on biology, ecology and nocturnal mammal identification in the Maasai steppe.
Lunch at MTC.
Pm – Research on the field (trap distribution)
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 4
Am – Field activity (trap monitoring)
Lunch at MTC.
Pm – Lecture on veterinary issues linked with field research
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 5
Am – Field activity (trap monitoring)
Lunch at MTC.
Pm and night- Field activities: trap monitoring and night monitoring of nocturnal mammals.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 6
Am – Field activity (trap monitoring)
Lunch at MTC.
3pm – Lecture on large mammals monitoring techniques in African savannah.
4.30pm – Lecture on wildlife participative monitoring: the Village Game Scout experience.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 7
7am onwards - Breakfast
All day visit to Arusha National Park and field experience in wildlife identification and monitoring. Head back to MTC In the late afternoon.
Lunch - Picnic in the park.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 8
7am onwards - Breakfast
8.30am – Lecture on local population land management and use.
Lunch at MTC.
3pm – Lecture on the research framework: the Carnivor Atlas of Tanzania.
Pm and night- Field activities: trap monitoring and night monitoring of nocturnal mammals.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 9
Am – Field activity (trap monitoring)
Lunch at MTC.
3pm – Lecture on the importance and meaning of National Parks for environmental conservation and socio-economic development tin Tanzania.
Pm and night- Field activities: trap monitoring and night monitoring of nocturnal mammals.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 10
Am – Field activity (final trap monitoring and trap collection)
Lunch at MTC.
Pm and night- Field activities: monitoring of nocturnal mammals.
Dinner and overnight at MTC.
 
Day 11
7am onwards - Breakfast
Am – Lecture on data analysis
Lunch at MTC.
Pm- Back to Arusha
Dinner and overnight in Arusha.
 
Day 12
Visit to Arusha National Park
Dinner and overnight in Arusha.
 
Day 13
Final meeting and evaluation of the experience. Free time in Arusha and leave for the airport.
 
Number of participants Minimum 8
Cost
USD 2500/person