Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Tanzania
When an overwhelming majority of the world’s scientists agree that climate change is negatively affecting the planet; environmental conservation should be at the top of our “To Do” lists. And that’s exactly what this project is all about! Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti are major tourist destinations in Tanzania. While tourism is great for a local economy, it tends to reek havoc on the local environment. The Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Tanzania project strives to stop environmental destruction and raise conservation awareness in these regions.
Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Tanzania takes place around the municipality of Moshi. Volunteers work with local teams to plant trees throughout deforested areas of the Kilimanjaro Region. The majority of the planting still done between March and June during the rainy season when the ground is softer and easier to plant.
Natural resources, such as forests and trees, are an important source of income for local people in the Kilimanjaro region. The sale of timber, the production of charcoal, and the agricultural use of former forest land are often the livelihoods for many village families. The lack of knowledge about the consequences of deforestation, as well as a lack of alternatives to income generation, lead to the continued deforestation of large forest areas and thus the loss of natural resources and the region’s unique biodiversity. Soil erosion and drought are serious direct local consequences.
Additionally, the organization organizes workshops at primary and secondary schools, and for the population of the surrounding villages. The workshops are about environmental protection and sustainable and resource-saving ways of income-generation through agriculture.
Typical tasks may include:
- Working at the nursery (soil preparation, plant breeding, pruning, irrigation, etc.)
- Planting trees
- Assisting with workshops at schools / kindergartens / in the village
- Assisting with Environmental Education Programs
- Supporting local fish farming / beekeeping / crafts
Since this project involves working with children, a criminal background check is required for all volunteers. See the special considerations section below for more details.
Room & Board
Your project fee for projects in Tanzania covers your room and full board in the NGO’s volunteer hostel or with a local host family.
- Shared, single-sex dorm rooms (2-4 volunteers per room) with shared washroom
- 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
- Hot water is usually available (not guaranteed in host family homes)
- Orientation and 24/7 local support
As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.
|Additional weeks (each)||$150|
Included: Airport arrival transport • Orientation on arrival • Shared accommodation in the volunteer hostel / home-stay • 3 meals per day • 24/7 local staff support • Project Donation
NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees • WiFi / Internet access
All projects incur a $250 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
Special Considerations | Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Tanzania
For special considerations regarding the project in Tanzania, please visit the Tanzania page.
Volunteers participating in the environmental conservation project must be fit and physically capable of working in an open environment.