Eco-footprint scavenger hunt: Volunteers will pair up to find response to a number of questions from a number of topics related to lifestyles of individual community members as well institutions. The questions will be gathered to build a base for understanding of ecological footprint.
Community Environmental Clean-up: An activity committed to getting our hands dirty and picking up trash. Trash is a threat to wildlife, and a cause of pollution through runoff and off-gassing. It’s our duty as environmental stewards of the earth to pick it up. Community members will be sensitized to make clean up a lifestyle.
Speaking Events:Volunteers will join speaking events aiming in educating the community on information pertaining to the environment, as well as problems and possible solutions.
Ecological footprint calculation workshops: Two hours daily workshops organized for community focus groups (Elders, women, Youths/Students, Businesses, faith-based groups, etc.) that will assist members of each group in developing a greater understanding of how to lighten their ecological footprints by providing simple yet effective ways to make sustainable choices in one’s day to day life.
Local residential house in the village. Mattresses will be provided in shared room, water and electricity will be available. Our kitchen-volunteer staff will be available to prepare meals however, each volunteer will be required to help in meals preparation. All meals will be Vegetarian.
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 accessible with all social, economic and security facilities. You will not regret to be in Marangu, Kilimanjaro.
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, Maasai 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, waterfalls etc.
Ecological footprint is a method of gauging humans’ dependence on natural resources by calculating how much of the environment is needed to sustain a particular lifestyle. In other words, it measures the demand vs. the supply of nature. Calculating human’s dependency on nature is one way of measuring sustainability, which refers to the ability of a population to support itself in the present without compromising that ability for the future.
Production and consumption of goods and services that have minimal impact upon the environment, are socially equitable and economically viable whilst meeting the basic needs of humans, however they have been less knowledge and awareness comparing to the consumption advertisements. This project is organized to fill the gap, bring people from different diverse backgrounds to exchange knowledge on the topic. Volunteers will spend time to work with local community members and other organized groups to sensitize them on ecological footprint and the importance of calculations.
#Passion and enthusiasm on the project topic.
#A willingness to learn about the volunteer work and the culture of the local community you will be working with, and to realize that the volunteer is also gaining from the experience, not just giving.
#The humility to understand that the needs of the community you are working with may not be what the you might think they are.
#Resilience to be able to deal with climates and conditions that they might not be used to dealing with at home.
Non-Tanzanian volunteers are required to have business visa in order to join this project. Visa is available online and can be also obtained at the airport or other border of entry on arrival by presenting UVIKIUTA invitation letter.