WHY we need you in Tanzania
HOW can you help?
WHAT you can do?
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: ENVIORNMENTAL CONSERVATION
LOCATION: MONDULI, TANZANIA
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS) OR HOMESTAY
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
Our environment is precious and now more than ever we need to protect it. With your help you can educate present and future generations on important environmental issues. Get back to nature, off the beaten track and experience the real Tanzania!
As there are little rainforest areas in Tanzania due to its weather conditions and landscape, forestry departments are trying to ensure what rainforest they do have, is protected.
One rainforest you will volunteer with in Monduli does a good job at maintaining the environment around the area. It is important this effort is kept up, as many areas do not have enough trees, which can impact the atmosphere quality very negatively.
Monduli’s rainforests are also a great location for keeping bees! Beekeeping is a sustainable and critical activity for this area, helping to spread pollination. Beekeeping is beneficial throughout the world, as unfortunately, bee populations are rapidly dropping.
Our bee efforts bring along a ‘sweet’ side effect too. You guessed it- honey! Local villagers enjoy the bees natural honey, which not only holds nutritious health benefits, but they can even earn a small extra income when there is enough to sell.
This project works with an environmental club via a local school and encourages students to learn more on environmental conservation. You have an excellent opportunity to provide them with critical knowledge about this subject, advising students on how to interact with their environment in the right way. Your time will be spent educating local citizens to be more environmentally responsible and actively working in the area. By teaching future generations, you can have a lasting impact on these communities.
Your daily activities will be a combination of tasks depending on the weather or season. You will most likely work on tree planting in the forest and in community spaces and helping in the tree nursery. You can also get involved in bee keeping and with the environmental club, teaching classes in the local school or community halls, focused at the kids and teenagers.
Everyone is welcome to join this program, particularly those working or studying in the forestry field, as this can be a fantastic way of increasing your skills. With an opportunity to work alongside real park rangers, you’ll be able to exchange your knowledge with them and work as a team.
You will be staying in the mountain district of Monduli, which is situated within the Arusha region, in North-Eastern Tanzania. The Monduli district is a great place for visitors to learn how the traditional Maasai people live and to experience an authentic local village. The region is situated between the famous Mt Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti- making it a perfect place to go on a safari or trek in the mountains. Lake Manyara and Mount Meru are also popular attractions to explore in this beautiful region of Tanzania.
- Teach community awareness of local environmental issues
- Teaching provides you with valuable experience and increases confidence
- Getting hand on assisting forestry staff
Food & Accommodation
You have a choice to stay at the volunteer house or with a host family, which will be basic but comfortable. There will usually be western-style toilets, but some homestays will have a squat-style flush toilet in use. Sometimes showers might be a bucket style, using heated water (this just adds to the experience!). The accommodation will be on a local school campus with green spaces to enjoy on days off. From the big garden on clear nights, you can even see the Milky Way! We advise that all participants buy a cheap local SIM card for local calls and internet access.
There are plenty of shops situated within walking distance of your accommodation, such as small local restaurants, hair salons, a pharmacy, an ATM and local markets. There is a well-equipped hospital is also within walking distance.
You will be provided 3 meals per day on the weekdays, and 2 meals per day on weekends.
Meals are usually local style, consisting of corn, rice, potatoes, and bananas. There will be nutritional daily meals of beef, goat’s meat, beans, and a leafy green vegetables.
If you have a passion for protecting the enviornment, or are looking for a project where you can get stuck and and get your hands dirty, then this projects for you! Anyone who is interested in environmental issues and who would like to learn more about what can be done, could be of great value to this community.
- 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
- Introduction meeting, General rules, Setting Expectations, Advice on Health and Safety and insuring you have all your documents.
- Tanzanian Do’s and Don’ts, Cultural introduction, learning about Tanzania’s history and Intensive Swahili Language classes.
- Tour around the accommodation and local area. We will show you where to find local amenities and where you can buy a sim-card.
- Hike up to nearby Monduli mountains
Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.
A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You must arrive outside the main arrival hall by the following times:
- Saturday: 10:00
- Saturday: 14:00
- Sunday: 10:00
- Sunday: 14:00
If arriving during the pickup times on the Saturday, we charge US$50 for the extra night’s accommodation.
If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.
If arriving during the week, or on Saturday outside of pickup times, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.
Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).
From the airport to the accommodation, it takes 2-2.5 hours by car.
Monday to Friday
7-8AM: Breakfast at the homestay, and depart for your project.
– Work in the tree nursery, tree planting, bee keeping and/or environmental club
– Work in the tree nursery, tree planting, bee keeping and/or environmental club
3-5:00PM: Volunteering ends and you can relax at the house or explore the local sights
6:33-8:33PM: Dinner at the homestay.
There are many exciting places to explore in the surrounding areas, here are just a few!
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Home to the Ngorongoro Crater, this stunning area of vast plains, green forests and wild savannahs, sits next to the Serengeti National Park. You will see the highest concentration of animals here from lions, zebra, wildebeest and elephants. The views from the crater are absolutely stunning, with an atmospheric mountain backdrop. This should be at the top of your bucket list for Tanzania!
Serengeti National Park
Another one for your bucket list and a perfect way to spend your weekend off. The Serengeti is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the big 5 (lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo & elephant). You will also find zebra, wildebeest, giraffes, hippos, baboons, hyenas, ostriches and many more incredible animals. The best way to explore is by camping out in the open or in one of the many lodges. The area is huge, and we recommend at least 2 days here.
Tarangire National Park
A quieter park in Northern Tanzania, Tarangire is known for its large population of elephants and the incredible Baobab tree. In dry season you can spot all kinds of amazing animals that congregate to the Tarangire river. Spot anything from zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, wildebeests and even lions of you’re lucky.
Moshi and Mount Kilimanjaro
Moshi is about a two and half hour drive from Monduli and can be easily reached using a “dala dala” or taxi to Arusha and then changing again onto Moshi from there.
Moshi is a quiet town with several Western cafes and coffee shops. It is also the closest town to the starting point of the Mount Kilimanjaro trek. On a clear day, you can get excellent views of Kilimanjaro right from the roadside (Tip: Moshi Train Station, which is no longer is use, has fantastic views of Africa’s highest mountain, with locals selling drinks and snacks up the top).
Arusha National Park and Mount Meru
Mount Meru is located in Arusha National Park and is the second largest mountain in Tanzania. If you’re looking to Climb Kilimanjaro ,then Mt Meru can be a great acclimatisation trek, taking you through various types of vegetation. There are also scenic trails around the mountain at ground level. Other attractions include Meru Crater, the Jekukumia River, Ngurdoto Crater and the Momelia Lakes which are known to change colour! You might even find wildlife here including giraffes, warthogs, cape buffaloes, lions, elephants, flamingos and more.
Lake Manyara National Park
If you love bird watching, then head to Lake Manyara during the dry season where pink flamingos flock to the vast lake. During wet season see if you can spot the lions, leopards, hippos, giraffes, zebras, elephants, blue monkeys, gazelles and cheetahs roaming the park.
Kikuletwa Hot Springs
A somewhat ‘secret’ pool of clear blue water, situated in between Arusha and Moshi is the Kikuletwa Hot Springs. The water isn’t actually hot but totally refreshing after the dusty drive getting there. Enjoyed by tourists and locals, this is a beautiful spot for relaxing and swimming in the crystal clear water, surrounded by jungle. There’s even a rope swing into the water for more fun and games. If this wasn’t on your list before, it should be now.
Just over an hour’s drive from Monduli, Arusha is a large city in Tanzania which has many Western style eateries, a cinema, Maasai markets, shopping malls, supermarkets and a cultural centre. There are a lot of things to do here and a great way to spend your weekend. Close to the Serengeti, Arusha is a popular starting destination for wildlife safari tours.
Hiking Around Monduli
If you’re looking for off the beaten path trails then there’s no better place to look then in Monduli. There are numerous treks, one even takes you to a beautiful waterfall. You will need to ask your local coordinator to arrange certain visits, as the government needs to grant you permission (for a fee) to visit beyond certain spots, this is to conserve the area.
Iringa and Ruaha National Park
If you have the time after finishing your project, Ruaha National Park is a quieter and much less visited place for wildlife viewing. It’s located in Central Tanzania, near the small and quiet town of Iringa (which is a great stop off for visiting Ruaha). The park is actually the largest in Tanzania but less frequently visited by tourists, although visitors are rarely disappointed by its natural beauty. It’s home to cheetahs, the second largest population of Leopards in Africa, buffalos, hippos, and more!
A little further afield, it is still possible to fly to Zanzibar for a weekend from Arusha (although several days here would be ideal). Zanzibar is known for its sandy white beaches, turquoise water and unique culture. Stone Town is an interesting town, known for its mazes and spices. Other things to do is a visit to Prison Island, where prisoners were once held but is now home to giant tortoises. You can also spot dolphins and try snorkelling off the island. The North and East of Zanzibar have some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world.
Modest clothing, covering the knees and shoulders is prefered- plus it needs to be something you don’t mind getting dirty!
Tanzania is a large country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. It also sits alongside the beautiful Indian Ocean. Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in its north-eastern region. The trek to the top is challenging but provides stunning mountain views. The country is also considered the Safari capital of the world, with incredible wildlife viewing throughout Tanzania, in particular, the Serengeti.
Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and its official capital city has been Dodoma (since 1996). Here you will find the President’s Office, the National Assembly, and other government buildings. Dar es Salaam, the former capital is still the largest city and holds most of the government offices, as well as being the country’s principal port and leading commercial hub.
Climate can vary greatly within Tanzania. Up in the highlands, temperatures range between 10 and 20°C during cold and hot seasons.
The rest of the country is usually pretty consistent, with temperatures rarely falling lower than 20°C. The hottest period months are between November and February (25–31°C) while the cooler months occur between May and August (15–20°C). Tanania can recieve some cooler evenings and mornings, so be sure to bring along something warm to wear.
Tanzania has two major wet seasons: one is uni-modal (October to April) which is experienced in southern, central, and western parts of the country, and the other is bi-modal (October to December and March to May), found in the north from Lake Victoria and up along the east coast.
The Serengeti can be visited throughout the year but is most popular during March to May, due to very little rain. For the wildebeest migration, travel from June to September. And for Zanzibar, this is best visited from June to October, which is dry season.
Tanzania has a large and diverse population, consisting of many different tribles, ethnic communities and religous groups.
Christians and Muslims make up the majority and 2% still practice Traditional African Religion.
incredibly, there are over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most diverse country in East Africa for language. All four of Africa’s language families are spoken (Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan), with Swahili and English being the official languages. Although some locals speak great English, Swahili is predominantly spoken throughout the county.
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