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 project strives to stop environmental destruction and raise conservation awareness in these regions.
Disclaimer: I (Justin) have not yet had the opportunity to spend time volunteering with this NGO. They approached me via social media and asked for a partnership. Based on my conversations with the team, and reviewing their program; I’m confident that this is an ethical organization and have decided to pursue the partnership.
In the interim, as it falls outside of the normal GOAT standards in terms of me (Justin) visiting / volunteering with the local NGO prior to representing them, the normal application fee is reduced from $250 to only $150 for the first 2 volunteers. These trail-blazing volunteers will be asked to provide GOAT with a review of the project as well as photos/videos for use on this website & social media to help encourage future volunteers. With a wide array of projects, this is an organization that can help Tanzania in a variety of ways with the help of motivated and intrepid volunteers!
Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Tanzania
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
Tanzania projects incur a discounted $150 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
Special Considerations | Volunteer Teaching in Tanzania
For special considerations regarding the project in Tanzania, please visit the Tanzania page.
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK
GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children. Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee). U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.
The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.