Conservation of water sources through tree planting.
Establishment and management of community tree nursery (trees to be distributed to the villagers).
Environmental education and awareness through various participatory methods like workshop presentations, debates in schools, sports, arts, craft, music etc.
Renewable energy (construction and installation of energy saver stoves which are designed in a very simple technology and will be installed in few homes as a demonstration for the community to adapt).
Educational activities (Study Part): The study part will be divided in four sections;
The big picture: to understand why we need to develop 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.
We will be accommodated to the community residential house located along the sloops of the Mount Kilimanjaro. The house has running water and electricity. Mattresses will be provided in shared rooms. Our kitchen-volunteer staff will be available to assist in meals preparation and volunteers are expected to give in meals in cooking and cleaning. Vegetarian meals will be available for the entire period of the project.
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 facts 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.
As Northern Tanzania is known as the capital of cultural, natural and tourist attractions 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.
Environmental conservation is a topic which has become popular over the years due to its importance. This is because human activities interfering the nature and culture are increasing every day. This project is organized in this community and other villages around Mount Kilimanjaro National Park for the second year, focusing on complex question; whether we can conserve nature and culture by designing sustainable communities for our future.
Marangu is a community gifted with natural attractions like forest, water sources and waterfalls, 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 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 being a contributor of forest destruction leading to climate change.
Be comfortable working indoors and outdoors
Willing to share leadership roles
Having a sense of adventure
Loving nature and cultures
Enjoying working with plants and around environmental sustainability topics
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.