Wildebeast migration on the Serengeti, Tanzania. Photo via Flickr by La Lince.

YES Students

All students from Tanzania are Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program scholarship winners. Click here to learn more about the YES Program.

Country Information

Tanzania has embraced its past and used it to better the country. A former British colony, its people have taken aspects of the British culture and adapted it to fit Tanzania’s circumstances. It is a peaceful country that has ethnic groups coexisting together, each being equal.

Lifestyle and Family

Not only is family the center of the Tanzanian culture, but the government also promotes it. Extended families usually live and share an income together. The men are the breadwinners and the women are the household and children caretakers. Families have an average of 5 children.

Teen Life and Sports

Soccer is a popular sport in Tanzania, but is only played by boys. The closest girls get to soccer is a game called redi, which is keep-away. For leisure Tanzanians like to drink coffee and socialize with friends.


With its many ethnic groups, Tanzania has no national dish. However, ingredients like bananas and rice are a staple in almost every dish. They are usually served with a thick porridge or a stew with vegetables.

Language and Religion

Both Kiswahili and English are the official languages of Tanzania. Kiswahili is used for trade and everyday conversations while English is used in school, business, and government. The majority of Tanzanians are Muslim or Christian, with a few people practicing indigenous religions.

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