This section is intended specifically for teachers who are travelling to East Africa on short term study visits to their link schools. These visits are normally part of a professional development programme that is designed to give them experience of alternative teaching practices being carried out in other parts of the world.

We have been involved, for a number of years, in organising trips to the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania and the Mbita District in Western Kenya, where we have helped to established links between a number of local schools and schools in the UK.

Teaching trips to parts of East Africa that very few outsiders visit and time there inevitably makes a deep and long lasting impression on those involved. When time permits the bonus of a visit to one of the region’s game parks normally makes it all an experience of a lifetime.

For many teachers this will be their first visit to a country in the Developing World and people often find there is an awful lot to absorb. This guide is intended to help prepare for some of it. Even those who have already been should still take the time to go through it, particularly if they have only ever visited as a tourist before. Whilst this is in no way intended to be a definitive guide to East Africa, hopefully it will answer many of the questions people have regarding their forthcoming trips.

Willetts’ extensive knowledge and experience means we have a reliable network of local contacts for transport and accommodation, most of whom we have been working with for many years. Only local guides and staff are used, all recruited from neighbouring communities so you are directly benefiting the people of the areas you are staying in, rather than some faceless business from outside the area.

We have many years experience of running such trips and a representative will be in country during your stay and will help make your visit as productive and enjoyable as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask for any advice or help before and during your stay.

You will generally find the local people very friendly, welcoming and hospitable. In Mbita most people are members of the Luo tribe, around Moshi they will tend to be Chagga. When travelling on safari the most noticeable ethnic group you will come across are the Maasai and you may be able to visit a Maasai village during your stay. 

Outside of the major towns and cities you will not see many white faces. This will be particularly true when you visit your schools, which are largely away from the main tourist routes, or if you visit any local markets. In rural areas, away from tourists, white faces are a novelty, so expect to be stared at.