Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Tanzania
Our local partner’s vision is a world in which people and wildlife live together sustainably. Tanzania is one of the most incredible places on Earth in terms of wildlife. Per Wikipedia, “Wildlife resources of Tanzania are described as “without parallel in Africa” and “the prime game viewing country”.” This is evident in that nearly 40% of the country’s total area is reserved for national parks, game reserves, and conservation areas. The Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Tanzania project is focused on raising awareness and involving local communities in conservation.
The focus of this project is to help local communities live in harmony with the surrounding wildlife. They educate the public, address human-animal conflicts, identify problem animals, and work to create a better economic outlook for locals to ensure conservation efforts are maintained. This is not a hands-on animal care project, rather it focuses on the behind-the-scenes efforts of conservation.
Many communities view wildlife as a threat to their livelihoods. Animals often wander beyond park boundaries and raid crops that villagers would normally eat or sell. Many will hunt wildlife to protect their land while others poach and participate in wildlife trafficking to earn an income. Making communities realize the benefits of conserving wildlife is one of our biggest challenges faced in the Serengeti.
This project also works with communities around protected areas to address other challenges between wildlife and humans around these areas, such as problem animals and human-wildlife conflicts. Wildlife benefit sharing programs are intended to contribute towards achieving the government’s aim of poverty eradication and improved community livelihoods. The goal is to show that wildlife is not a threat to communities, but rather a part of their prosperity.
Typical tasks may include:
- Help raise awareness in the local community about the importance of conservation
- Assist on conservation initiatives outside the park through conservation education programs
- Teaching pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools about wildlife conservation
- Motivate local communities around the Serengeti to promote conservation by suggesting alternative livelihoods
- Become a wildlife ambassador and raise awareness (online and offline)
Since this project involves working with children, a criminal background check is required for all volunteers.
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 | Wildlife Conservation Volunteering 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.