What is a Maasai Boma? What to expect living with the Maasai

Going on a Gapforce Expedition is like no other opportunity. We have incredible links with the communities we support and we’re proud to see our volunteers continually be welcomed into their cultures with such open arms.

Our Tanzania project in Africa is particularly popular due to the opportunity to live and work with Maasai, whom we have been working with for years. We even organised for them to fly to London to run the Marathon to raise money to improve access to clean water. You can see a video of their preparations here:

So where will you live in Tanzania?

We have our own Maasai camp, with giraffes for neighbours and Askari (Maasai soldiers) to guard the camp.

A traditional boma consists of a variety of “houses” which are in essence small huts made of mud and cow dung. Each of our huts has traditional Maasai stick beds, however with a  blow up mattress and a mosquito net, it is one of the comfiest ways of surviving in the bush.

The idea behind the huts is that they are quick to put up, but easy to maintain, allowing the Maasai village to move on quickly if necessary. Although this is occurring less and less, with Maasai villages becoming less nomadic.

We have different huts split for girls and guys and a cooking area which also serves as a lovely little area to eat when it rains.

The boma is surrounded by a circular “fence” of thick and thorny bushes to protect the tribe and their cattle from other tribes and predators. However you’re far more likely to see a friendly zebra than a hungry lion!

If you are interested in finding out more about our volunteering opportunities in Tanzania and around the globe, check out our gap year programs or email blog@gapforce.org

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