Volunteers are expected to engage in the following activities:-
Community Tree nursery: Assisting in establishment and management community tree nursery. This will involve collecting of indigenous trees seeds, medicinal plants and herbs to create a demo plot for educational purpose.
Tree planting: Planting trees along river sides, water sources and community places
Building and Installation of stoves: – Working with locals to build and install simple energy serves stoves in their households. The stoves will be built in few homes as demonstration for the rest of the community to learn and adopt to their houses. The technology is very simple and volunteers will receive training on how to do it.
Community support: Assist in visiting senior women especial those who have been affected by the old way of cooking and support their home activities. (Home-based care).
i. Type of accommodation
Volunteers will be hosted in communal house in the community. Basic accommodation facilities will be provided. Expect to share room with or other volunteers. There is no beds, however comfortable mattresses will be laid down. Water and electricity will be available.
ii. What you should bring for your accommodation (Very important)
• Blanket/ sleeping bag (It is going to be a bit cold- under the mount Kilimanjaro)
• Mosquito net, 2 pieces of bed sheet
• 1 Piece of bed cover, Pillow and pillow case if you prefer one
• Towels, Mosquito repellent that suits your skin
iii. Toiletries: Non-scented items are best because they do not attract insects. Zip-lock bags; Soap and shampoo; Sunscreen; Toothbrush and toothpaste; Comb and /or brush; Nail clippers; For women: sanitary napkins or tampons; For men: razor, shaving cream and blades;
iv. Health / Personal First aid kit: Best to store in strong, plastic bag and to keep dry and clean. Small supply of: disinfectant, Band-Aids, gauze and adhesive tape, calamine lotion, insect repellent, throat lozenges, pain killer, anti-acid, extra pair of prescription glasses, if available, and any on-going medication.
i. Trying a variety of foods from other cultures is part of the program’s philosophy for an authentic experience in Tanzania, and may be both fun and challenging. Food on our projects generally reflects the local cuisine. Some foods that are part of a regular diet at your home country may not be available during the project.
ii. Vegetarians are accommodated and veg meals will be available. However volunteers with more specific dietary requirements may need to supplement the included meals at their own expense.
iii. Volunteers with food allergies (e.g., nuts) must inform us about the existence and severity of the allergy.
iv. Three meals per day are provided to the Volunteers at the accommodation.
v. Meals on transit between airports and to/from Project, during tourism/Free time activities or outside designated project area are volunteer’s responsibility.
vi. No reimbursements will be made for volunteers who miss their included meals.
vii. We will have permanent support staff to help in the kitchen. However Volunteers are expected to give hand in meals preparations, dish washing, kitchen and dining room cleaning.
viii. Clean water will be provided. We will not pay for bottled water if is going to be your preference. Please bring water bottle with you.
Saturdays, Fridays and Public holidays are considered free time for volunteers to explore what the regions can offer them in term of cultural and natural attractions. Being in Northern Tanzania known as the capital of cultural, natural and tourist attraction you will have a good number of options:-
Cultural & Eco tourism around Chagga communities in Kilimanjaro, Masai in Arusha and the neighbouring regions.
Hiking- there is a possibility of Hiking in Kilimanjaro mountain nature forest
Wild-life safari – Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National parks
Mountain Climbing- (Mount Kilimanjaro, Meru and others.)
Water side relaxation: Lake Chala, water falls etc.
Environmental sustainability is a project which has been implemented around this area for the past three years. The community is sharing boarder with the forest around Mount Kilimanjaro and there is a big dependency on this important conserved forest. Majority of the communities living around the sloops are usually work in agriculture growing mostly coffee, bananas and other food crops. A big number of families still have traditionally cooked their meals on the ground in the house over an open flame. As a traditional house usually has only one room, the whole house is filled with smoke before and after meals. The smoke is thick and stays in the house as only a little hole in the roof allows for ventilation.
As a result, acute respiratory and eye diseases are a significant problem for women and children. Additionally, this traditional form of cooking requires large amounts of firewood, which puts pressure on the Mount Kilimanjaro forest and is thus a major contributor to climate change. This project is therefore working towards initiatives to reduce pressure to the forest through promotion of healthy and energy serve stoves.
Qualities: Potential volunteer in this project shall the one who is interested in Nature and conservation actions. You need to be a person who want to work outdoor, getting dirty and enjoy touching the soil and be friend with trees and other plants.
Motivation letter: ML should respond to the following questions; why would you like to participate in this project? (Your main motive), How do you plan to contribute to this project? What do you hope to learn and gain from this experience? How will you make advantage of this experience for the “next step” in your life?
Departure date: The official end of the project will be on the 26th July 2019, after farewell dinner. Official departure from the project accommodation facility is on the 27th July 2019, before 09:00am. If you wish to stay longer you are advised reserve another accommodation early in advance.
Visas: Most citizens of different countries requires visa to enter Tanzania. Based on the previous experience we would like to advise you to apply for business visas. It is volunteers’ responsibility to make sure having right visas and travel documents. Business visas can be obtained at the Airport or any boarder entry when arriving Tanzania.
Invitation letter: Once volunteer is accepted, he/she will be issued an official invitation letter (IL) to join the project. This is very important document to support your visas process.