Pare and Maasai Peoples of Kilomeni, Tanzania

Kilomeni, Tanzania

Pare and Maasai People

Teams live and work with the Pare and Maasai people in Kilomeni, a community in the Pare Mountains in Tanzania.

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Site Specifics

Kilomeni Altitude: 2,943 ft.
Airport: Kilimanjaro (JRO)
Typical Foods: Rice, beans, chicken, ugali, sambusas, samosas and fish
Lodging: Communal lodging
Transportation to Site: Meet at JRO and stay overnight in Same before going to community.

A Brief History of the Community

Xperitas’ host is Fr. Mansuetus Setonga, founder of Mater Dei, a Tanzanian NGO doing development work in northeast Tanzania. 

In the past, Xperitas teams have worked on a variety of projects for the Kilomeni grade school. Teams have expanded and renovated classrooms and built housing for the staff.

CP Philosophy

Xperitas is committed to deep and intentional relationships with our primarily indigenous community partners. Projects are designed and led by the community and serve as a vehicle for cross-cultural learning. Participants agree that cultural exchange is the primary purpose and most important aspect of the program. As an organization we have cultivated sustainable relationships with our partners that are long lasting; it is important that our participants engage with the community respectfully and honor our partnership.

What will we do? Sample Activities

Because Xperitas CP programs are led by our partner communities, every program is unique. The day-to-day activities will be determined and led by the community and as a result participants experience an authentic immersion experience. Based on past programs, here are some activities you may engage in:

  • Visit the church choir or taking a stroll to Mlevo, a nearby community.
  • Collaborate on community efforts like renovating the school and building a staff quarters.
  • Enjoy the beautiful lush nature preserve and hiking uphill to the Kindoroko Forest.
  • Build relationships by sharing stories, cooking or playing games with host families.
  • Reflect on shared experiences with the team and developing knowledge of the community.

Extend your Trip Ideas

Many past participants have extended their stay in Tanzania to explore other enriching activities. While we are not a provider of these services, we may have recommendations and contacts near the site who can assist you with your trip extension. Contact Xperitas for more information.

Here are some ideas for other activities you might enjoy:

  • Take a safari in the world famous Ngorongoro Crater or Tarangire National Park nearby.
  • Visit the Serengeti and experience the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.
  • Feeling adventurous? Hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, where you’ll pass through five ecosystems on your way to the 19,341 ft. high summit.

Contact us to learn more about programs to Kilomeni.