WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
We can arrange an airport pick up for you at Dar es Salaam Airport and a local private driver will escort you to a local hostel where you can spend your first night relaxing and recovering from your journey. These costs are extra and you can pay our local representative directly (US$68/$60). The next day you will take an internal flight on an eight seater light aircraft to Mafia Island. Please ensure that you book your flight well in advance. Once on the Island you will be met by Frontier staff at Mafia Airport and transferred to camp.
If you are travelling independently you may wish to make your own internal arrangements and if so we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to reach the Mafia Island camp.
It is possible to reach Mafia by ferry but sailing times can be very unpredictable; the journey might be rough and it can be tricky with no knowledge of Swahili. If you choose to travel by road and ferry you need to transfer to the port town of Nyamasati, 90 km south of Dar from where you can catch the ferry, approximately a 6-hour trip, to the small harbour town of Kilindoni on the western side of Mafia Island. Once on the island you will be met by the Frontier marine field staff, either at Kilondoni or at the airport on Mafia and transferred by boat or vehicle to the project camp.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
During the project you'll live on a basic camp alongside the marine project volunteers at Utende within Mafia Island Marine Park where we aim to provide you with a unique and memorable living experience. The Frontier marine camp was constructed by local craftsmen and Frontier field staff using traditional building techniques from locally sourced, environmentally friendly building supplies. You may even have a chance to try out some of these construction techniques for yourself while living on camp.
The camp, which is situated in a clearing in a coconut plantation, was designed to blend in with the surroundings. Camp life is very simple, unsophisticated and fun. You will be staying in communal bandas, huts made from makuti (woven palm leaves), poles and mud, and sleeping on beds constructed from wooden poles, your "shower" will be a jug or a bucket of water and you cook over a charcoal stove so prepare for the basic, unencumbered lifestyle!
As well as helping with teaching and working within the local community you will also help with daily camp maintenance, taking turns to cook, tidy and clean the camp, collect water and help with a variety of other essential camp duties.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
Camp food is simple and nutritious and consists largely of rice, beans and vegetables, all of which are purchased locally in order to help support the local economy. Luxuries such as chocolate, biscuits, peanut butter and drinking chocolate can be bought in nearby Kilindoni so make sure you stock up before heading to camp! Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking, so get your cookbooks out now and start practising!