We are looking for volunteers to join our inspiring and challenging expeditions in Tanzania.
Tanzania is a beautiful, friendly and diverse country. Its landscape varies from deep freshwater and saltwater lakes to stunning beaches, vast mountainous terrain including Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and national parks that form more than a third of its territory including the famous Serengeti National Park. And with over 120 tribal groups ranging from the Maasai warriors, to the Hadza Bushmen, Tanzania is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
There are 364 mammal species in Tanzania some of which are critically endangered, vulnerable or near-threatened. Almost 20% of Africa's vast array of mammal species can be found across the country's national parks, such as lions, hippopotami, giraffes, elephants and even flamingos.
Based in remote rural areas living and working alongside the local community on sustainable development projects, you will gain a unique insight into daily Tanzanian life.
Only between 10% and 33% of the population in Tanzania have access to improved sanitation, with the figure much lower in rural areas. There is a belief in some parts of Tanzania that good sanitation remains an amenity of the wealthy. To help with this issue, you could be building demonstration sanitation units for rural communities in central Tanzania. These units will be used to show local tradesmen that sanitation facilities can be built affordably, using locally available resources. You could also building facilities in schools that will both improve the health and hygiene in the school and raise awareness of the importance of sanitation.
Whilst the Tanzanian Government is committed to education, adults in Tanzania have on average only completed 2.7 years of education and schooling is only compulsory for 7 years. Primary education is taught in Kiswahili but when pupils reach secondary school lessons are only taught in English. This results in a high dropout rate for students struggling with the English language. The Tanzanian Ministry of Education has been trialling a programme to offer language support to pupils starting at secondary schools. You could be helping to construct and improve facilities used for these extracurricular activities and after school clubs where pupils will be encouraged to use and learn English outside of a lesson environment.
Udzungwa Farming Project
Communities that live in close proximity to elephant migration corridors face frequent damage to their crops and water supplies. To prevent this human and animal conflict we will be building fences using natural deterrents - chillis and beehives! Elephants dislike chillies, and as these plants are a natural product, they are a preferred and affordable method of deterring elephants. Chillies are planted beside the fence and chilli oil is used to coat the fencing.
Another elephant deterrent is bees. In this brand new project, beehives are used to keep the elephants away and the honey produced from the hives offers the community an additional source of income. Raleigh will be working at the edge of the Udzungwa National Park together with our partners at the Udzungwa Elephant Project and TANZAPA. You could be maintaining and building fences and hives as well as monitoring elephant activity in the Udzungwa National Park so that the elephant behaviour and habits can be better understood.
The Rocket Stove
A rocket stove is an efficient, innovative stove that is being introduced to remote communities in Tanzania. On average each family from these communities spends 2 hours a day collecting the essential firewood needed to provide the family with food. Unfortunately the amount of firewood required and the level of carbon released by traditional stoves is of extreme detriment to the environment.
Alongside our project partners the Nomad Trust, you could be working on a project to introduce rocket stoves into communities living around the Kibaioni area, close to Katavi National Park. As well as building the stoves, you may also be involved in education programmes with the local communities and school children to educate them about the stoves and their required maintenance. Once installed the stoves reduce the amount of firewood required by two thirds, freeing up valuable time for the families and reducing CO2 emissions.
Udzungwa Farming Project
Raleigh International will visit some of the most beautiful and untouched areas of Tanzania on the adventure phase. You could be trekking south east of Iringa and North West of the spectacular Kilombera Valley. This Highland region is rarely visited by outsiders, both from Tanzania or overseas. The region takes in beautiful ridges, stunning peaks, wonderful forests and alluring waterfalls. The trek will consolidate environmental and community issues with the personal development involved in this challenging adventure. You will have the ooportunity to meet and visit extremely remote local communities.
Environmentally you will ensure that no negative footstep behind you and your group. Going back to basics, you will be self-sufficient, carrying everything you need with you. You will camp at night and learn survival and camp craft skills. You will also have the opportunity to shower in the waterfalls of the highlands and become some of the privileged few who have had the opportunity to see this unspoilt and beautiful part of Tanzania.
10 week expedition
Join other venturers and volunteer managers from all walks of life on our unique 10 week expedition. You'll spend 3 weeks on a community project, working with local communities to install infrastructure that developed countries take for granted, such as sanitation. You'll spend another 3 weeks on an environmental project protecting the country's natural habitats and wildlife. The other 3 weeks are a tough mental and physical adventure battling nature's elements.
Don't have 10 weeks free? You can choose to do a shorter version of the main expedition by just doing two project phases for 7 weeks.
5 week expedition
On our unique 5 week expedition you'll combine either a 3 week community or environment project with an adventure challenge. This is an intense, adrenalin-fuelled 7 day experience of trekking, survival challenges and water-based activities.