The climate in Moshi is quite unique compared to the rest of Tanzania largely due to the presence of Mount Kilimanjaro. Temperatures are warmer in October through March reaching upwards of 90 °. It cools down into the high 70’s the rest of the year. Average lows are pretty consistent year-round in the low 60’s. Moshi does get rain year round, but the wettest months are March through May.
Suggested Packing List:
Must - Haves:
- Paperwork and passport copies for Tanzania Volunteer Permit, applied for upon arrival (this is different from your tourist visa). Please see the "Travel Documents" section of the Travel Portal.
- Passport with tourist visa inside. Passport must be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date from Tanzania
- One refillable water bottle
- Padlock (for in-room storage of valuables)
- Work gloves
- Flashlight / headlamp (the electricity often fails in Tanzania)
- Women: Long Skirts (knee length or longer). When volunteering it is culturally appropriate for women to wear skirts
- Insect repellent (with at least 30% DEET)
- Anti-malarial medicine and anti-diarrhea medicine (such as Cipro)
- One light-weight wind breaker / rain coat
- One light-weight sweatshirt
- Light-weight long sleeve shirts
- Short-sleeve shirts
- Gym / sportswear (for hiking / working)
- Under garments, socks
- Shorts (knee length or longer)
- Jeans / long pants (jeans are not recommended to work in)
- One pair of flip flops / sandals / water shoes
- One pair of tennis shoes / closed toe sandals (these are for hiking and WILL get dirty)
- Travelers need to be mindful of mosquitoes while in Tanzania. Malarial mosquitoes fly only between dusk and dawn and travelers are encouraged to cover up during these hours. Lightweight pants and long sleeve shirts are recommended, as they offer both protection and warmth during the cool nights.
For Community Service:
- For community service in Tanzania, travelers will work hands on with young children, and restore facilities at local schools. Travelers are encouraged to bring clothes suitable for both teaching in a classroom and also working outside with paint, cement, etc. Female travelers need to have at least two knee length skirts for teaching in the classroom. Due to cultural differences, women are not allowed to wear pants in professional settings. All travelers are encouraged to dress modestly.
Bath / Personal:
- Personal medication
- Bath towel
- Glasses / contacts / contact solution / retainer, if applicable
- Personal toiletries (If you have certain items that you absolutely need, bring enough to last until you return home. Don't forget to bring gender specific products)
- Books and/or magazines
- Watch or small alarm clock
- Extra batteries (for your flashlight)
- Light day bag or pack (small backpack would be ideal)
- Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars). We provide 3 full meals a day, however, some have particular dietary/health needs.
- Disposable camera, film camera or digital camera - and film or memory card(s) for digital camera
- Binoculars for safari weekend
Discover Corps Provides:
- Linens / blankets
- Hand soap
- Mosquito net for over your bed
*Laundry service is available on the Home Base for a nominal charge. We advise that you should bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry more than once during the trip.
*Electrical outlets are Type G (with flat prongs, similar to the type used in the UK). Voltage is 220 volts. You will need and voltage converter and plug adapter to use U.S. appliances.