Tanzania volunteering projects

“Stay on the shores of Lake Victoria while working with local communities on projects according to your interests and expertise, from education to crop production to small business schemes.”

Highlights

Volunteer in local villages for up to 3 months | variety of projects available | use your specialist educational, medical or agricultural expertise | receive comprehensive briefings and on the job training | stay in a comfortable lodge on the banks of Lake Victoria | optional excursion to Serengeti National Park

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2019: 18 Feb, 6 Apr, 20 Apr, 1 Jun, 4 Aug, 18 Aug, 5 Oct, 5 Nov
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Responsible tourism: Tanzania volunteering projects

Environment

We have a strict policy of the frugal use of water in Tanzania by our volunteers. We have a rainwater harvesting system in our lodge which provides all of our drinking water and 30% of our toilet water usage. Our volunteers selectively flush the toilets to minimise the use of water. We use the waste water from sinks and showers to irrigate our garden. All of our volunteers use reusable water containers when they operate in the bush.

Our dairy goat scheme operates a zero grazing scheme which prevents the goats from wandering freely in the bush eating trees. We encourage recycling of animal manure and the planting of trees. Our farming initiatives with local farmers encourage coppicing of trees rather than clear felling and burning. We are actively attempting to improve the quality of the soil of our partner farms by encouraging farmers to introducing materials which are biodegradable such as sawdust and wood shavings. We encourage farmers to rotate their crops to introduce nitrogen into the soil. We are working with local environment agencies to encourage the protection of the wildlife and ecosystem of the remaining areas of uncleared bush.

Community

All our projects are joint projects with local people and are agreed with the local government and village communities. The recipients of the projects we are involved in are selected by a local committee who manage the farmers co-operative that we helped set up. We work in partnership with the co op meeting regularly with the farmers and their management committee. We discuss possible projects and agree our short and long term strategies. The farmers are encouraged to be self reliant and to take initiatives in new business projects.

Our projects employ many local people such as cooks, cleaners, drivers, translators, managers, tradesmen and labourers. We have a training programme to train local people in the skills required to build water tanks, toilets, goat sheds, schools and low cost housing. We have built a joinery workshop to make doors and windows. We are training local people to help manage our projects.

We make a significant contribution to the local economy by using local builder’s merchants, food markets and safari companies to supply our volunteers and projects. Our projects enable hundreds of individuals and families to be financially self-sufficient via their involvement in our sustainable income generating projects.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our experience volunteering with the operator was unique and fulfilling. We
had the opportunity to work with Tanzanians in schools and health centers, get to know the local staff and help a little with a building project, all of which were memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be aware that the lodging is not luxurious (cold showers), roads are rough and dusty. Project sites are often far apart, so a good amount of time is spent in the Land Cruiser. The staff was very attentive to our safety. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The projects include building water tanks for local villagers to supply them with a safe water source and latrines, along with education about sanitation. They also support health centers in remote areas and supply necessary medications. It is an organization that has far reaching impacts on the poorest local villagers.


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had an outstanding and unforgettable experience. We would recommend it to adventurous people who want to interact with people in their authentic environment.

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