Trip Details

Whether participating in further programs or just wanting to learn more about Mozambique culture, this essential program will get you up to speed on the local customs, language, and sights to be seen. Mozambique is a country with a stunningly rich history and fascinating culture for you to explore, by participating in the culture week you will quickly feel more comfortable in Mozambique and help you to truly appreciate the culture.

This is the perfect way to jump right into the local way of life, you’ll learn more about the local people, their customs, culture, language and so much more through introduction and language classes, cooking lessons and loads of tours and visits to local landmarks and sights to see.

During this week, you will visit many of the most important sights of Xai Xai, the capital city of the Gaza Province in southern Mozambique. You’ll explore beaches and villages, picnics and sightseeing, museum visits and monuments, all packed into one fascinating week learning about the culture of Mozambique.

Stepping into such foreign cultures can sometimes prove a challenge, but through this culture week, we will help you to feel more comfortable and at home in Mozambique, and have a much better understanding of the culture. This is an excellent jump point to begin with if you plan on moving into another program.

Aims & Objectives

  • Offer you an introduction to Mozambican customs and culture
  • Give you a decent understanding of the culture which will help you to settle into the local lifestyle
  • Provide you with invaluable experience of local Mozambique

Trip Itinerary

The Culture Week begins with an introduction to Mozambique customs, do’s and dont’s and Portuguese language classes on the first day. Throughout the week, you will head to the beach, explore downtown Xai Xai, stroll through the Manjacaze township, visit numerous museums and monuments and participate in tantalising Mozambican cooking classes, leisurely walks around the local village, as well as picnics and sightseeing in the gorgeous African outdoors.

Sunday

Airport pick up

Monday

Breakfast
Culture introduction and language class
Lunch
Visit Xai Xai downtown, shopping center, bus station, monument, central park, cultural center.
Welcome dinner in town
Back to center

Tuesday

Breakfast
Walk around the village
Lunch
Visit the local market and monument
Dinner

Wednesday

Breakfast
Sightseeing and relaxation at Xai Xai Beach
Lunch outside
Relaxing and swimming at the beach
Cooking lesson of the local cuisine
Dinner (you get to eat what you prepared!)

Thursday

Breakfast
Visit Manjacaze town where the first president of Mozambique was born as well as sightseeing downtown
Lunch outside
Cultural visit to museums and monuments in the area
Back to center for dinner

Friday

Breakfast
Handicraft making class
Lunch
Project discussion and activities./
Evaluation
Dinner

Trip Accommodation

You will be staying in a local village located just outside Xai Xai, the capital of the Gaza Province. Being less than an hour away from downtown Xai Xai, you’ll have access to many local shops, banks, grocery stores, cafes as well as surrounding beaches and towns including Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique.

Accommodation & Food
You may be staying at our program centre or in a local homestay. The accommodation is shared and may accommodate anywhere from 4-8 people per room with shared bathrooms.

All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Your rooms will be cleaned daily by staff but please try to clean up after yourself, and help play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized. Please note that accommodation location may be changed if conditions require it.

  • Standard Room
  • All meals included
  • Free beverages (Water,Coffee,Tea)
  • Persons per room 4-8
  • WiFi in public areas (WiFi may be available depending upon accommodation location. Local SIM purchase is advised.)

Food Arrangements
Meals are inspired by the local cuisine which is rich in fish, cassava, nuts, paozinho, spices, seasoning, maize, millet, potatoes, rice, sorghum, fruits, and sugarcane. We provide 3 meals during weekdays (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) on the weekend at the program centre.

Facilities
Local transport modes include buses, minibuses and taxis which can take you to around the local area and out to surrounding towns. Banks and ATMs with VISA and MasterCard are available. Our center has access to nearby ATMs, restaurants and local shops which are within walking distance.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Xai Xai Beach
    30 – 60 minutes away from our center or homestay. Many water sport activities are available in Xai Xai and surrounding beaches, these beaches are also a great place to relax.
  • Wenela Tidal Pool
    2 kilometres south of Xai Xai which has a natural tunnel and blow hole linking the pool to the Indian Ocean, or maybe you may go snorkelling along the coral reef which runs parallel to the Praia Do Xai-Xai beach.

Trip Country Info

Mozambique

Population: 28 million
Capital: Maputo
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Metical (MZN)
Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)

Mozambique is a country with a 1,000km long coastline adjacent to the Indian Ocean in Southeastern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

In 1500, the Portuguese established posts up and down the coast, starting with present day Ilha de Mozambique, where the Portuguese operated spice and slave routes from Mozambique up until 1891.

Following the end of World War 1, Portuguese investment in commercial, industrial, agricultural, educational, transportation, and health care infrastructure for the indigenous population started providing for better social and economic possibilities. This continued up to the country’s independence in 1975. The country is generally a low-lying plateau broken up by 25 rivers flowing into the Indian Ocean. The largest is the Zambezi, which provides access to central Africa. Mountain chains in the country’s interior form the backbone of the country.

Wildlife in the country’s national parks is attracting many visitors as it does in the neighbouring countries.   Mozambique is known for its vibrant culture, a blend of African and Portuguese influences that translates into a fantastic music scene and excellent cuisine.  There is something for everyone on offer here.  Why not let yourself take it all in whilst taking part in one of our amazing volunteering experiences, which will help you develop personal skills that you will keep and use for the rest of your life.

 

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa