Volunteers will have an opportunity to explore social, economic, spiritual and ecological issues and skills needed for developing sustainable life practices. Activities for this project will include:-
Conservation of water sources through tree planting
Establishment and management of community tree nursery (herbs and indigenous trees);
Renewable energy (construction and installation of demonstration energy saver stoves- the stoves are designed in a very simple technology and will be installed in few homes as a demonstration for the community to adapt);
Environmental education and awareness through various participatory methods like workshop presentations, debates in schools, sports, Arts, Craft, Music etc.
Various activities aiming to promote healthy life styles
Study part: The study part will be divided in four folds;
the big picture to understand why do we need to be developing sustainable communities, listening to nature and celebrating life;
Ecological: – bio regionalism, local food and organic farming;
Social:-community living, diversity and building communication skills;
Economic:-understanding the global versus local argument, analyzing ecological footprint.-
NOTE: This will be in a form of workshops, debate and educational tours.
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.
Meals will be prepared at the common Kitchen and the dining hall. Volunteers are expected to be involved and share kitchen duties.
i. Trying a variety of foods from other cultures is part of the project 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 expenses.
iii. Volunteers with food allergies (e.g., nuts) must inform us about the existence and severity of the allergy well in advance for preparation.
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. 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.
The word “Marangu” means a place with too many water streams. It is one of the most popular places in Tanzania. Located at the foot of Africa’s tallest mountain, the quaint village of Marangu offers fascinating insight into both modern Tanzanian life and into the lives of the Chagga people who once withstood vicious Maasai raids through the ingenious use of tunnels. Many Marangu residents are farmers growing bananas, vegetables and coffee. However, the biggest source of income is tourism. The Marangu route is the most popular hiking route in Africa. The fact and reality of Marangu makes this place to be accessible with all social, economic and security facilities. You will not regret to be in Marangu, Kilimanjaro.
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 neighboring 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.
Nature and Culture are two different terms but interconnected since one affect another. Conservation of the both has been popular topic over the decades now. This is due to the fact that, human activities are increasing every other day hence interfering the nature and cultures. This project is focusing on complex question; whether we can conserve nature and culture hence design sustainable communities for our future.
Marangu is a community gifted with natural attractions like forest, water sources and water falls, landscapes, green vegetation throughout the year etc. However the nature has been significantly affected by human activities. Most families still maintain traditional style of cooking 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 the 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 mostly women and children. Additionally, this form of cooking requires large amount of firewood, which puts pressure on the Mount Kilimanjaro forest and thus a major contributor of forest destruction leading to climate change.
Volunteers should be comfortable working indoors and outdoors, willing to share leadership roles, and having a sense of adventure. Potential volunteers should be those who loves nature and cultures, enjoying working with plants and around environmental sustainability topics.
i. Most citizens of different countries requires visa to enter Tanzania. Based on the previous experience we would like to advise you to apply for a business visa. It is volunteers’ responsibility to make sure to have right visa and travel documents. Business visas can be obtained at the Airport or any boarder entry when arriving Tanzania.
ii. 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 business visa application as well answering some questions at the boarders when arriving in the country. Please make sure you have along with your travel documents.