General Program Questions
How do you tailor the experience for each participant?
We create groups with a diversity of profession, background and world views to provide a dynamic experience for each individual. At an initial consultation, a CouldYou? advisor will gauge participants’ interests and skills, in order to create an experience that addresses them. See .
What happens after the program ends?
The CouldYou? experience is not designed to be over once you return from Mozambique. Our hope is that the trip will impact you in a lifelong way, and we offer ongoing alumni networking, support and life coaching to ensure that the results of this experience will be long lasting.
Do they speak English in Mozambique?
Mozambique is a multilingual country. A number of Bantu languages are indigenous to Mozambique. Portuguese, inherited from the colonial period, is the official language and is the most widely spoken language in Mozambique. Other widely spoken languages include Swahili, Makhuwa, Sena, Ndau, and Shangaan (Tsonga). CouldYou? will provide one translator for every 2 participants.
What is the weather like in Mozambique?
Mozambique is essentially a hot country located within the tropics, with the average temperature at 28°Celcius, or 82° Fahrenheit. The hot rainy season is from November to March and the slightly cooler, dry winter months are from April to October.
What are the accommodations like?
We typically stay in the CouldYou? facility, a house located in Matolo Rio, which is a half an hour outside the capital of Maputo. However, we may choose to stay in a local favorite Mozambican hotel depending on the purpose and needs of our trip.
What would I bring to wear in Mozambique?
It is important that our participants dress in a manner acceptable and modest in Mozambican culture. Men may wear pants/trousers or longer shorts, along with T-shirts or button-down shirts. Women may wear pants, capris, long skirts or dresses that fall below the knee. Tank tops are allowed.
What else would I need to bring with me?
A partial list is as follows. More details will be provided once you have been accepted for a trip. LAM Mozambique airline limits up to one bag (maximum 50 pounds) and one carry-on bag per passenger. Checking in an extra bag will cost about $60. For more information, visit www.flylam.co.za.
- SPF sunblock lotion
- Insect repellant with 30%-50% DEET
- Anti-itch salve for mosquito bites (e.g. AfterBite)
- Anti-malarial drugs
- Diarrhea medicine
- Hand sanitizer and baby wipes (to wipe hands and face on the go)
- ATM card and credit card (preferably Visa)
- Electrical outlet adaptor
- Lightweight long-sleeve shirt (to protect from mosquito bites in the evening)
- Swimsuit and aqua shoes (if you plan to go swimming)
Are there any health or safety concerns about traveling to Mozambique right now?
Mozambique has steadily rebuilt its economy and civic institutions since ending a 16-year civil war in 1992. The country stabilized following Mozambique’s first multi-party elections in October 1994, and a new president was elected in December 2004. Most travel in Mozambique is safe but crimes such as car-jackings and armed robbery are not uncommon in Maputo. Travelers are advised to exercise caution and use common sense; minimize the valuables you carry and don’t put yourself in isolating situations.
What vaccines or travel paperwork do I need to have done in order to travel to Mozambique?
Further details on passports, visas, vaccinations, medical insurance, currency, cell phones, etc. will be provided once you have been accepted for a trip.
What are the best ways to find a flight to Mozambique?
Each participant is responsible for booking their own flight, but CouldYou? staff will assist you in coordinating travel dates and times, and arranging transportation to and from the airports in Mozambique. Participants can also choose to utilize CouldYou?’s travel agency.
Other Concerns and Questions
I have special needs (i.e. health or disability issues). Can the trip accommodate them?
If you have medical concerns or special needs, please contact .
I would love to go on a trip, but I can’t afford the fee. What can I do?
We may be able to offer a partial scholarship or subsidy in special circumstances. You can describe your specific needs on our application form.
Is there a reduced group rate?
Since CouldYou? hand selects participants, there is no reduced group rate. However, if you are interested in filling a trip, CouldYou? can work with you to tailor it according to your group’s needs and the organizer can attend free of charge. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]
I’d love to experience this with my family and children. Does the program allow for me to bring children?
CouldYou? can accommodate children in junior high school and older.
I can’t go on a trip, but I would love to contribute in another way. Are there opportunities to help from over here?
If you would like to make a donation to CouldYou?, our initiatives, or the scholarship fund, . You can also get involved in other ways.
Why is only 50% of the fee tax deductible?
50% of the fees cover the cost of the trip while the additional 50% goes towards our charitable causes.