Tanzania Trip for High Schoolers and Gap
to Jul 29

Tanzania Trip for High Schoolers and Gap

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Elephants, Service Learning & Safari Adventures With the Maasai

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Sustainability skills and climate change: On this trip, students will see firsthand how the Maasai are adapting to climate change and diversifying their livelihoods. We will learn about the water issues in this area and how the Maasai manage their resources during a drought. While living in the village, we will become aware of the challenges facing many Maasai as they attempt to continue a pastoral way of life in an increasingly harsh and dry environment.

Service Learning: By working with others and fully engaging in a service learning project, students gain an understanding of the Maasai culture and language. And hearing the sounds of an unfamiliar language exposes us to another way of expression, opening up a new world. Cultural immersion is always a part of Gogi Abroad programs! We have found that this is the best way to feel fully connected to a place.  

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 Safari Adventures: Tanzania welcomes Gogi Abroad students with safaris featuring beautiful zebras, giraffes, and lions! During a weekend excursion, students will experience the raw beauty of Tanzania as we embark on a safari adventure to the Ngorongoro Crater and live with a tribe at their boma. By continuing to go outward, we will then discover the waterfalls near Mount Kilimanjaro and observe practices of sustainable farming in the area.

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What is included in the cost of the program?

This three week trip working with the Maasai and animals is $3,000. This trip includes all in-country travel, accommodations, and a variety of activities. As a group we will be staying together in the town of Longido at a homestay. Students will be sharing a room and bathroom. Three meals each day are provided by Nancy Francis, the owner of La-Mamaa Cafe. Her food is safe and delicious. A weekend of living at a boma (village) near the famous Ngorongoro Crater plus a weekend safari of exploring the 10-mile-wide Ngorongoro Crater.  

In-country travel: All group transportation expenses upon arriving in Tanzania are included in the cost of this program.  

Food: While in Tanzania, students will be provided three square meals that consist of traditional Tanzanian fare including rice and beans, goat, chicken, tortillas, and fresh fruits and vegetables, whenever available.  

Lodging: We will stay at a homestay as a group. Francis and his wife Glory own a restaurant in the village of Longido and a homestay that is attached to their home.

Tuition does not include:

  • Airfare (approx. $1,500 - $1,900)

  • Visa ($100)

  • Mandatory international travel insurance ($75 - $150)

  • Personal expenses and souvenirs (each student $300)

  • Entrance Tickets to the Crater ($100)

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Language lessons:  Language is the bridge for connecting to a culture, so each day Gogi Abroad students will have mini language lessons to learn how to communicate with our new friends from the village. The oral history of a tribe is handed down through generations, but just like the Maasai on the Tanzanian plains, oral tradition is becoming endangered. It is said that when a tribal leader dies so does a volume of history, so tribe members must pass down this knowledge to preserve it. With this in mind, our language study does not focus on academic language but rather on the spoken language. The daily classes learning Kimaasai and Kiswahili will provide a unique connection and help students engage more thoroughly with the people of Tanzania.

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Beading at the women's cooperative: Gogi Abroad students will observe the ways different cultures create art that as a means of self-expression. As we work alongside Maasai women at a beading cooperative, students will soon realize that the experience reaches beyond the basic beading of an ankle bracelet. There is a sense of sisterhood, cooperation, and meditation that weaves into the experience as well as the art forms.

I never expected to gain so much from an afternoon as we worked together. There was intention in each bead, as if each bead had its own consciousness, and I was swept away into their sincerity, their world of scent, energy and call and response. This art form is deeply representative of their culture, and beading with the women brought up a lot of questions about the world we live in and how one discovers a sense of place and identity in tribe.” -Student


Learning sustainability skills: We will have the opportunity to observe sustainable models of managing essential resources such as water, food, and animals among tribes in Tanzania. Students learn firsthand about how the Maasai adapt to the climate change and how they are diversifying their livelihoods. During our stay with a Maasai tribe in Longido, we will have the option to eat roasted goat in a tent at their weekly cattle market – a culinary experience that will take many of us far out of our comfort zones.

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Hand dyeing with Mama Ola: Clothing and adornment represent a sense of pride in tradition and cultural heritage. Despite growing Western influence, many people in Tanzania continue to dress in traditional styles of clothing. The cloth is often made of hand-dyed materials. Gogi Abroad students will learn how to tie-dye cloth with famous Mama Ola of Longido.

Traditional cooking: Culinary arts are an enriching part of the Gogi Abroad adventure. Students will get to know a lot about the local diet and learn to cook with a wide variety of ingredients. Meal preparation is a time for joyous connection with our new Tanzanian friends. We will learn to prepare all sorts of wonderful dishes and local specialties. Our time spent on the local culinary arts also provides an enriching opportunity to connect with people using our new language skills! Students will cook with Leyeyo’s foster grandmother and share their food with the children at school. Students will also learn basic cooking and tribal cooking techniques unique to this area of Tanzania. Through hands-on learning, students will explore the cultural uniqueness of food and learn about sustainability.

The Maasai are a shepherding people, and their animals are an incredibly rich part of their heritage as well as the cuisine. As such we will spend time learning about the goats, including how to prepare one for a meal. Most people never have the opportunity to get this close to their food or understand the sacred relationships that can exist between a tribe and its food.

Hiking to see waterfalls and visit sustainable coffee plantations: The Moshi area is full of coffee plantations, and when Gogi students go outward to hike the paths to the waterfalls, they will walk through both banana and coffee farms. Visiting a private coffee plantation is truly a coffee lover's dream because students get to experience the way Tanzanians roast and brew coffee from scratch over an open fire! It may just be the freshest cup of organic coffee you ever have!

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Service learning at the MELOC School in Longido: Gogi students will work on a variety of initiatives at the MELOC school in Longido. Projects include helping to build the school and working with the children directly on variety of different subjects. The MELOC Academy is still in the building phase, but when complete will be an Integrated Special Education School with three tracks supporting mainstream students as well as those who are deaf, mentally impaired, and visually impaired. The main building of the school will be partitioned into five rooms large enough to accommodate 15-20 students per class. One classroom will be for deaf students, and the second classroom for those who are mentally impaired. The third classroom is intended for mainstream students and those who are blind. The fourth room initially will be used as a bookstore, and the fifth room will be a temporary administration office.



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Family Adventure to Ecuador
to Jul 25

Family Adventure to Ecuador

Imagine traveling by bike from village to village with your family, in the care of local, English speaking guides who are dedicated to sustainable practices and outdoor education. You have found yourself on a Gogi Abroad Family Bike Packing trip.

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A Spiritual Journey Inside Andean Culture for Adults
to Jun 20

A Spiritual Journey Inside Andean Culture for Adults

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This pilgrimage to the ancient world of Bolivia and the Sacred Valley of Peru is different from all the other trips we do. Go Outward, Grow Inward (GOGI)--is the engine driving the trip’s design. It is for those seeking a spiritual exploration and transformation that would be impossible to experience at home. This is no standard tour; it’s a hero’s journey. In just 12 days, you’ll take a life-changing expedition into the heart of the Andes with the company’s founder, a spiritual guide and a trance medium on an itinerary choreographed to support you in letting go of what no longer serves you with radical trust in the oneness of all things and embracing new wisdom and a new way of being. Not only will you explore the culture and spirituality of the sacred Apus/Andes mountains, but you’ll reclaim parts of yourself on the path to becoming more whole as you travel physically from untracked Bolivia to the most profound region of Peru. There is only one Sacred Valley; in this profound place, you’ll work with local shamans to release extraneous energies from your body and spirit, returning with a new relationship to yourself, your life and the world around you.

This trip will allow you to:

  • Feel more whole than you have in a long time

  • Call back to yourself what has been lost by allowing external, culturally defined power structures to limit you and your life

  • Discover yourself anew

  • Humble yourself to the divine

  • Work closely with a shaman to create powerful transformations within yourself

  • Walk in the Andes and learn about healing herbs and the Sacred Mountains of Los Apus and discover Lake Titicaca.

  • Get new insight into Spanish language and South American cultures

    This trip is designed for those to wish to serve their local communities and the global community within a paradigm of love, integrity and balance and who crave transformation of body, mind, spirit, heart and soul.

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Only TWELVE spots are available for this odyssey, so we expect it to sell out quickly.

When: June 9th- June 20th 2019

Duration: 12 days

Price: $3,500 per person

Does not include airfare or international travel insurance ($100).

What’s Included:

  • All accommodations in Bolivia and Peru. We will be staying at three four-star hostels. Each participant will share a lovely room and a bathroom.

  • We provide one meal each day, including traditional teas, juices and water.

  • You will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. All ground transportation in Bolivia and Peru will be via van or taxi.

  • Craft lessons when we stay with indigenous communities

  • Guided tours of La Paz, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

  • All ceremonies and guided yoga and meditation

  • Entry to several archaeological sites

  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

  • A train ride to Machu Picchu

  • The flight to Puno and boat rides around Lake Titicaca

  • Gogi guides to help translate and support you throughout the trip

  • A shamanic ceremony in which you’ll absorb the teachings of the Sacred Valley (optional)


Example Itinerary:

Day 1: April 30th DEPART USA (USA - La Paz, Bolivia )

Day 2: May 1st ARRIVE IN LA PAZ

La Paz is in a valley with towering Andean peaks and the views of the city will take your breath away. We will pick you up at the airport and bring you to our hotel. We will explore La Paz, and be introduced to the enriching rituals by local shamans. In the afternoon we'll explore the city and go by cable car lines to see  the witches market. Here we will buy our supplies for all the ceremonies that we are going to perform the following days. We will also introduce you to a of the coca museum in which we are going to be told about the coca leaves and its amazing healing, energizing and spiritual properties. Lodging: TBD


Travel outside of the city for the day and visit a shaman and make a ceremony to the Andes mountains (Royal Andes range) known as the Achachilas or elder spirits. You will see the famous alpacas, towering hills, colored lagoons  and an interesting landscape as we on our coca leaf tea and coca candy or leafs to help with the high altitude.

We finish at mid afternoon, in time to see a beautiful sunset in the city of La Paz. Lodging: TBD


We will make our way to Sun Island. Travel 4 hours driving from la paz to Copacabana. We will visit Copacabana for 45 minutes and then take a boat ride to Sun Island. We will arrive at Huacani a small harbour, near the shore lays a restaurant, in which we are going to have a “apthapi” the comunitary food. These meals are traditional and has different products of the region. After this we continue the ascension to the ecolodge. Explore Sun Island and meet with a traditional Shaman. You will stay at an ecological hotel "La Estancia." It is built on the mythical island of the sun of Bolivia on Lake Titicaca. Lodging: https://www.ecolodge-laketiticaca.com/

Day 5: May 4th - SUN ISLAND Explore Sun Island and meet with a traditional Shaman. Early In the morning we are going to have a salutation to our might Tata Inti “mighty sun god” then we will visit the moon island to make our final ceremony at the lake titicaca closing the circle with the four parts of the andean cosmovision and continue the trip to Peru.  Lodging: https://www.ecolodge-laketiticaca.com/

Day 6: May 5th SACRED VALLEY  - Make our way to Puno and fly to Cusco. We will take you to the Sacred Valley. You will find it perfect timing when we arrive to Willka T'ika. It is an exquisite eco-friendly sanctuary for rejuvenation, relaxation and for cultivating optimal well-being

Lodging: https://www.willkatika.com

Day 7: May 6th PACHAMAMA CEREMONY - Make connections with the Pachamama/Mother Earth and the Q’ero Tribe. In the morning: Visit Moray, an ancient Inca site with circular terraces that used to create exceptional conditions or microclimates that fostered the domestication, acclimatization and hybridization of a wide array of wild vegetable species that were modified or adapted for human consumption. https://www.willkatika.com/

Day 8: May 7th: CEREMONY  We have a choice of a few different ceremonies. We will also learn about medicinal herbs and enjoy walks in the area. At the highest altitudes in the Peruvian Andes live the Q’ero. You will learn about the Q’ero tribe, and participate in a ceremony. All ceremonies are optional. https://www.willkatika.com/

Day 9: May 8th AGUAS CALIENTES Make our way to the town before visiting MACHU PICCHU - We will travel by train to the village of Aguas Calientes and after some rest we will explore, shop and if go to the hot springs before traveling up to Machu Picchu. Lodging:  

Day 10: May 9th MACHU PICCHU Early in the morning 4am we will wake up and begin our journey to the entrance of Machu Picchu. We enter Machu Picchu at sunrise and experience this awe-inspiring ancient city. We will visit the famed city of Machu Picchu, named by Mallku as the Crystal City, the Rainbow City, the City of the Condor and the Hummingbird, the City of Peace, and the City of Light. In the afternoon we will take the train back to CUSCO –  Enjoy the streets and food in Cusco for the evening. Sleep in Cusco. Lodging: https://www.balconcusco.com/


Day 12: May 11th ARRIVE TO USA



With her background as a student of Cultural Anthropology, Marianna has always explored her love of indigenous healing beliefs.  During thirty years of world travel as a jewelry designer she has collaborated in many cultures learning the symbology, folklore and the healing properties of stones, color and symbols.  

Marianna followed her calling to Peru and Chile to become a certified Shamanic Energy Practitioner, and a graduate of the Light Body School of the Four Winds Society.  She combines the ancient energy practice of the Laika Shamans of the Q’ero lineage of Peru with indigenous techniques she has learned in Bali and India, as well as her knowledge of Reiki and Pranic healing,  to create her own unique and evolving healing practice.

Marianna acts as a conduit to clear energy that no longer serves us.    Throughout our lives we all have experiences and various forms of trauma that can become wounds that dim the radiance of our essential selves.  We are also born with genetic and ancestral information and energy that may restrict or interfere with our well being. Marianna works with us to distinguish which issues to address, intuitively helping us shift and transform to a healthier state of integrated physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. 

Marianna has had great success working remotely by telephone, Skype, FaceTime or WhatsApp anywhere in the world.  She also offers a “Dreamtime Session”, shared remotely when you are sleeping in the comfort of your own home. This works especially well with young children.   She is also available for private, couple, or group sessions at her hilltop office in Putney Vermont and at the "Open Door" Health Clinic in White River Junction Vermont.  Her Putney Office sits on the side of Putney Mountain, and after a session there are nature paths to walk and a beautiful view to enjoy while processing the experience. When needed, Marianna will travel to see clients. 

Marianna’s deep affinity and connection with animals has made her practice effective for animals as well and can be quite helpful with pet owners and their relationships with their furry loved ones.

Marianna is certified as a teacher for “Dying Consciously” and works with those in transition and their families throughout the process. This is available for animals and can offer great comfort.  To learn more visit: http://www.dyingconsciously.org.

All sessions are private and strictly confidential.  Marianna encourages people to continue with traditional therapies and counseling as part of their healing process.  She is happy to work in partnership with other practitioners to support each client.  

Marianna appreciates and honors the opportunities she has had learning with the healers that have taught and mentored her.  She views her abilities as a gift to help others reconnect with their own love and light, empowering them to continue their journey grounded and centered.  Like her mentor, Alberto Villoldo, she believes that “if we create the energetic conditions of health...we can grow new bodies that age and heal and die differently.”


Liz Jackson, Director and Founder of Gogi Abroad

Based in Putney, Vermont, Gogi Abroad was founded by Liz Jackson, a passionate educator who has been teaching adolescents and leading international trips for over 10 years.  Liz  holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University and brings fifteen years of experience as an educator of both Spanish and Waldorf curriculum. She is a seasoned trip leader and an avid traveler with over 20 student trips logged in just the last five years, and recently completed a ten month trip around the world with her family. 

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Surf and Spanish in Spain for Teens
to Jul 7

Surf and Spanish in Spain for Teens

Open to students age 13-16. this is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and language in Cádiz, the oldest city in Europe. We will begin our trip with a homestay before we travel to the typical villages of Andalucia. There we will be living and working within an interesting network of permaculture projects, doing a range of activities.

On the farm, we will help design and plant a bee-friendly garden and get our creative juices going as we paint and do other artistic activities. The farm is based in a rural area where traditional knowledge and farming practices are still used.

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Cádiz is an open port city with a thriving Spanish culture. Flamenco began in Cádiz, and the city also has many of the cleanest beaches in Spain. Its small size is perfect for students in this age group! It truly is a hidden jewel.

You will experience the vibrant culture that Cádiz is known for as we visit the many beautiful beaches and historical sites of the city and region. Each day will be filled with fun activities for teens, such as sea kayaking, flamenco dancing lessons, music classes, and tons of time exploring the cobblestone streets and white sand beaches.

Improve your Spanish skills through conversations with locals, your host family, and new friends. There are only a few American students here but many students from Europe. At K2 Internacional School, you will not be just another student. Small class sizes (around 10 students) mean you will receive personal attention from friendly teachers who lead interesting, interactive classes. You will have three hours of classroom Spanish as well as opportunities to practice your new skills in real-life situations.

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Includes: All accommodations in Spain are included and each student will live with a welcoming host family. Two students will share a room and a bathroom. After eight days in Cadiz, we will be staying in a small village and work with Beetime in Santa Luica. Students are provided with three traditional and delicious meals each day; all transportation within Spain; craft activities; guided tours of Roman ruins on the beaches; and an archaeological site in Cadiz; one week of Spanish classes at K2 Internacional School, three days of surfing lessons in El Palmar, and a Gogi leader to guide, support, educate and help translate throughout the trip.

Does not include: Airfare to/from Spain ($800-$1,000); mandatory international travel insurance (emergency medical and evacuation insurance can be purchased for  $75 – $150 through Travel Guard or Nomad Travel. Details will be provided with confirmation of deposit).

Learn Spanish at K2 Internacional School: In the mornings from 9:00-1:00 during the week students will improve their language proficiency as they settle in with their host family and open up more and more in class. By living in Cadiz students have the opportunity to improve language skills, meet new friends, and learn about this historic European city in an engaging and meaningful way.

Surfing en El Palmar:  Students will travel down the coast after their cultural week in Cadiz to the unspoiled countryside. There are sand dunes, pine groves and crystal clear waters. This is the ideal place for surfing and taking part in a service learning project. Students will stay in in a small village near the beach and learn how to work together cooking, living and being in a Spanish community. There are endless beaches of fine white sand and in the afternoons it is common to see a local riding on his Andalusian horse on the beach.

Sustainability & Service Learning in Santa Lucia :  Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as they take part in a service learning project with BeeTime. The BeeTime Project developed in an effort to engage in a social-ecological problem-solving approach to the current adversities facing the honeybee. Working with local people, it cultivates a community of natural beekeepers who see their hives as an integral part of their permaculture projects or smallholding gardens, and with artists to raise awareness to the fascinating stories hidden within the hive.

Flamenco, music and dance:  Students will have the opportunity to experience hands-on learning from flamenco to satirical “chirigota” tunes and drumming. Andalucía has always been a very musical land! This is a place of music and dancing! We will watch the amazing guitar strings being played with the snapping of fingers and clicking castanets!  Experience the stamping of feet and the crowd yelling “ole, ole”, all of which mold together to create this wonderful culture we know as flamenco.


Beach excursions: Cadiz is full of sandy beaches and beautiful spots not to be missed. Students will spend many afternoons exploring the city beaches as well as a day at Bolonia. We will visit the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia. The beaches of Andalucia are filled with brilliant mixes of local color. Students and families will have an evening together on the beach that was featured in the James Bond movie Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry.

Spanish food and a cooking class:  Spaniards love to cook and they love their food! The food of Spain is packed with flavor and character. Students will learn about the local dishes, from tasty tapas to superb seafood and traditional roasts. Students will have the opportunity to purchase ingredients (in Spanish) at the local market and as a group learn how to cook a large paella for our fiesta!

Living with a host family: This is the best way to really understand more about the culture and learn Spanish! By being immersed in the culture each student will gain a new perspective of themselves and the world with empathy and compassion. Gogi Abroad and K2 have been working with these host families for over 10 years and the host families welcome everyone with open arms!

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