Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation Project

Emboreet, Tanzania

Description

Location: Emboreet, Tanzania

Duration: Minimum 1 week, maximum 3 months placement

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €275 Euros for the week – see Costs tab for further details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Benefits:

  • Help to preserve the natural heritage and wildlife of Tanzania
  • The opportunity to enjoy close-up encounters with amazing animals
  • Keywords: Wildlife conservation, Tanzania project, Tanzania wildlife conservation, environmental conservation, Tanzania wildlife, wildlife experience
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Introduction

Explore and help to preserve the natural heritage and wildlife of Tanzania in this unique conservation project. You will shadow and assist the local rangers, known as Village Game Scouts. These are a group of brave local villagers who are taking a stance against illegal poaching and helping the locals to understand the importance of wildlife conservation.

Thousands of visitors head to Africa each year to undergo the safari experience. However, the magnificent animals also draw unwanted attention from illegal poachers. They also face challenges due to deforestation of the area, something the Village Game Scouts are working hard to combat.

Your role in this project, will be to help the Village Game Scouts to carry out their daily tasks within the Manyara region. You will accompany them on their scouting missions and getting a feel for their daily way of life. You may also be asked to help monitor wild animals and give presentations using your newfound knowledge, to local students in the village centre, or within local schools.

You will get surprisingly close to animals, living side by side with them just like the Mahouts. There is a small forest situated next to the housing compound which is home to numerous animals such as zebras, grand gazelles and wild beasts. You will also often cross paths with ostriches and the secretary bird.

During the rainy season, which runs from December through until June, many wildlife stays in the village for breeding season. This means you will have the unique opportunity to interact with the animals more if you visit during this time. It’s an amazing, true wilderness experience.

This opportunity is ideal for anyone, especially those who work within or are studying, animal conservation. As well as working alongside real-life scouts, you will also have the chance to learn from them. You are guaranteed an unforgettable and life-changing experience at this beautiful open-air nature reserve.

Daily Life

You will work with the rangers from Monday to Friday. After breakfast, you’ll journey into the village to carry out field work. This could include surveying the local terrain, checking for non-compliance issues such as poachers, monitoring animal movements and providing wildlife conservation education to local children. You’ll stop for lunch before continuing on with your field work, finally stopping for dinner.

Your tasks will very much depend upon what time of year you visit. One thing you can guarantee is that it will certainly be varied.

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Travel & Accommodation

Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by a project representative and transferred to the volunteer centre. Please note you will need to arrive on the weekend before the start of your program.

Be advised that although there are local shops in the Emboreet village, there aren’t any banks or ATMs. This means you will need to get any money you may need at the main centre in Monduli, or from Arusha.

You will be staying in an authentic Maasai village known as Emboreet. It is located in the “backyard” of Tarangire National Park, and this is the place the animals choose to migrate to when there is no water left in Tarangire at certain months of the year. Being here will truly get you off-the-beaten path in Tanzania and allow you to see and experience how authentic Maasai people live.

This tiny village is composed of a few shops, a school, a church, and Maasai bomas. To every direction, you will find nature and not much else, an unique experience that will truly allow you to experience the African bush!

The Maasai who reside here have learned to interact with the wildlife around them peacefully. You will often cross paths with Maasai men grazing their cattle or Maasai women fetching water in groups from the nearest borehole with their donkeys.

This village is so rural, that foreigners don’t often come here with the exception of a few who have come with a special mission in mind (for example, during the late 80’s, a group of Swedish missionaries travelled here in order to install boreholes to provide safe drinking sources to the locals). Because of this, don’t be surprised if every villager greets you and tries to establish a conversation with you – they are just curious. The people who live here are extremely warm compared to the bigger cities, which will make you feel right at home! Don’t feel shocked when local Maasai warriors tell you stories of the time they had to fight lions to protect their sheep, or about the time a cheetah ate their livestock – they love storytelling and are truly amazing at it!

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Passion and enthusiasm for wildlife conservation
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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Costs

€275 Euros per week

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*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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