All participants are required to enroll in IU health insurance. More information about this policy will be available on enrollment into the Alumni Olduvai program.
Tanzania has a long history of political stability and is a safe country in which to travel, work or study. The Department of State website provides detailed information about travel to Tanzania (safety, health, travel in the country etc.).
All participants are required to enroll in STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) prior to their travel, in case of emergency situations.
Emergency medical services: the AMREF flying doctors provides air ambulance evacuation and emergency medical service in Tanzania. The charity organization has many years of experience in medical emergency evacuation in very remote areas of Africa. In case of emergency a patient will be evacuated to the nearest referral hospitals in Nairobi, Arusha or Kilimanjaro as recommended by the flying doctors crew. There is an airstrip in Ngorongoro that is accessible by car (˜35 minutes drive from Olduvai).
All participants are required to subscribe for membership in AMREF before leaving home. This is NOT included in the program costs. The membership is $16/month for a package that includes 2 air ambulance evacuations.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide recommendations for travel to Tanzania. Consult your doctor to determine your immunization updates, discuss malaria prophylactics and other necessary prescriptions. A list of malarial prophylactics is available on the web site of the CDC, with country-specific information on malaria in Tanzania at the link below.
The use of malaria prophylactics is highly recommended. It is encouraged to wear long pants and long sleeves during the night to protect you from mosquitoes.
Health hazards may include injuries resulting from falling due to rough terrain, malaria (if bitten by mosquitos), or stomach discomforts due to different food or water. Also some plants, insects and other creatures may be hazardous. There will be a first-aid kit at camp with basic medicines for insect bites, snakebite, fever, stomach upsets, rubbing alcohol, bandages (blisters, wounds).