Spend two weeks with Zimbabwean friends and teachers exploring the city and rural areas, participating in service projects, and witnessing the beauty of the Zimbabwean people and country. We will be based in Avondale, a township outside of Harare’s city center, taking day trips to learn, perform, volunteer, and sightsee. The tour also features overnight trips into the rural countryside for traditional culture immersion. Group lessons will be offered with Zimbabwean teachers, as well as performance opportunities for tour participants.
“I’d recommend this trip to anyone interested in Zimbabwean culture, music, and meeting local people. It was wonderful to have Zimbabwean friends guide us and welcome us into their homes, rural villages, and world. What a treat for us to sit back knowing all was handled! Amy was always there to answer questions and at no stage did I feel uncomfortable…all signs of good leadership!” – Pam C., Canberra, Australia
2021 Trip Cost & Dates
The tour package includes lodging, group meals, local transportation, music – culture – language immersion, group music instruction, entry fees into parks and nature preserves, and a service project donation. The trip package does not include airfare, although trip participants may choose to book travel together. The cost is commensurate with other tours of the same nature, quality, and length.
The 2021 Tour takes place June/July 2021 if COVID-19 allows for safe travel. Stay tuned for updates.
“The 2018 Zimbabwe Tour was inspirational and life changing! We were pretty nervous about traveling to Africa but Amy melted away all our concerns, provided excellent logistics while still allowing for lots of spontaneous events, and provided opportunities for participating in Zimbabwean culture and music. This was the best tour I could ever imagine!” – Jim L, Homer, AK
We can accommodate up to 10 participants, in addition to trip leaders. We are looking for outgoing, curious, kind, easy-going people with whom to experience a hands-on culture and music immersion in Zimbabwe. We are unable to chaperone young people under 18 years of age; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants will meet periodically with trip leaders January – May 2021 for culture and language orientation, to learn and rehearse music for sharing/performance, and to build a spirit of teamwork for our shared experience.
“This experience was super in depth and something that would be hard to create on one’s own. It was definitely worth while! The opportunity to give back in a meaningful way and connect with music, culture, new friends, and nature was amazing.” – Kristin S., Boulder, CO
Questions for Interested Participants
- What makes you want to participate in this trip?
- Have you traveled internationally before? If yes, where, when, how long, and with whom?
- What do you think will be the most rewarding part of this trip?
- What do you think will be the most challenging part of this trip?
- What strengths do you bring that will help the trip go well for yourself and others?
- What elements of travel to Zimbabwe are you most interested in?
Interested Participant Timeline and Process
Potential participants should make their interest known by emailing their answers to the above questions with a $500 refundable deposit by October 15, 2020. Trip leaders will be in touch with applicants throughout the fall, and announce a final participant list by January 1, 2021.
Payment & Contract Schedule
- Application + Refundable Deposit: Due 10.15.20
- Zim Tour Payment #1 + Signed Contract: Due 01.15.21
- Optional CFA Service Project Fee: Due 04.01.21
- Optional Vic Falls + Chobe Fee: Due 04.01.21
- Zim Tour Payment #2: Due on Arrival in Zimbabwe
Amy Stewart McIntosh
Amy is Kutandara’s Executive Director and Co-Founder. Amy began studying African music in 1994 with master instructors both from Zimbabwe and the United States. Amy is adept at many African instruments, but especially loves marimba and hosho, and plays both with style and grace. Amy’s focus is community, and the richness that comes from deepening our relationships with one another. Amy reminds us that music is not only about notes and rhythms, but about relationships among people working together toward a common goal.
Amy’s specialty in teaching at Kutandara is group marimba classes for children, teens, and adults at introductory – intermediate levels. She also teaches private lessons in mbira, hosho, and singing, and incorporates these themes, along with Shona culture and language, into her group marimba classes. In addition to her teaching at Kutandara, Amy has also taught at the Zimbabwean Music Festival (US), Camp Tumbuka (US), Nhemamusasa North (Canada), Zimba Marimba Camp (Sweden), and Watershed College (Zimbabwe).
Amy visited Zimbabwe in 2001-2002 for six weeks and co-led the 2017 Culture & Music Immersion Tours over the course of four weeks with Dana Moffett of Rubatano Center in Washington. She also led the 2018 tour of Zimbabwe, staying on for the summer afterward. She looks forward to helping the 2019 group members gel into a community of learners and performers, and to introducing a new group of westerners to friends, teachers, and artists in Zimbabwe.