Wildlife Conservation Volunteer in Tanzania
You will be staying on site at the Emboret Reserve, a unique rural area integrated with the village where animals live close to their human neighbours.
Animals are a big part of experiencing Africa, but it’s a responsibility to preserve these beautiful animals from going extinct and, at the same time, providing a balance to the ecosystem. As you can imagine, Tanzania is a popular destination for safari tours, but it can also result in poachers hunting these animals for their own business interests.
In rural areas under the management of local wildlife authorities, a brave group of villagers work hard to preserve the local wildlife.
Known as Village Game Scouts, individuals from the village look out for illegal poachers. They also ensure those who would like take pictures of wild animals understand the rules and how close they can approach. Another task is to preserve trees which can be cut down for firewood.
The Scouts provide wildlife education to local students in the village to ensure its preservation with the help of future generations.
During this programme you will be working with the Scouts of the Emboreet village, of the Simanjiro district in Tanzania’s Manyara region.
The Villagers here are used to living side by side with animals. This includes wildebeasts, gazelles, zebras, birds and ostrich – all of which may frequently cross paths with you, especially during breeding season. This village also hosts animals who may be breeding during the rainy season from December to June.
Your main activity during this programme will be monitoring wild animals. You will then be asked to present the knowledge you’ve gained about wildlife conservation with local students either in the local schools or in village centre.
All volunteers are welcome to join this programme, especially those working or studying in the field of environmental or animal conservation. This is an excellent opportunity to work alongside a park ranger and to exchange knowledge.
Aims & Objectives
- Help the Village Game Scouts achieve their daily objectives
- Gain an educational wilderness experience, learning from local Game Scouts
- Share newfound wildlife awareness and conservation efforts with local young people
Monday to Friday
The day begins with breakfast. Interestingly meals are inspired by the local cuisine and consist of plenty of corn, rice and bananas. Beef, goat meat, beans, and green leafy vegetables are also part of the diet.
Volunteers will then take a Journey to the village
Carry out Field work which may include: surveying local terrain, monitoring animal movement, checking for non compliance with hunters, poachers and those over cutting trees, etc.
Head back for some Lunch
Carry out more Field work which may include:surveying local terrain, monitoring animal movement, checking for non compliance with hunters, poachers and those over cutting trees, etc. or providing wildlife conservation education to local students
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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!
Due to the remote location of this program and limited local transportation, Participants may need to stay the first night in Arusha and travel the next morning to Emboreet.
Accommodation & Food
You will be staying in a local accommodation where you will have the real feel of the community of Emboreet. You will be minus the luxuries you are used to at home, but you will be well over the top on adventure. Enjoy your cultural immersion with bucket showers and squat toilet that is located outside of your room. Meals will be provided at a local restaurant. Be sure to buy your own water, beverages and snacks, as they are not provided in this location.
Meals are inspired by the local cuisine and consist of a lot of corn, rice and bananas. Beef, goat meat, beans, and green leafy vegetables will help to add nutrients to your daily meals.
3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
The village is quite small, but it does have a few local shops where you can purchase snacks, mobile data (Vodacom), detergent, soap, etc. There is a tiny pharmacy and a local clinic not too far away. However, do expect the facilities around to be limited. There are no ATMs nearby, so make sure to bring enough cash for your stay.
Trip Country Info
Population: 55 million
Language: Swahili, English
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time zone: EAT (UTC +3)
Parts of the country are in Southern Africa and it is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east. It is home to Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in its northeastern region and is considered the Safari capital of the world!
Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and since 1996, its official capital city has been Dodoma, where the President’s Office, the National Assembly, and some government ministries are located. Dar es Salaam, the former capital and its largest city, retains most government offices and is the country’s principal port and leading commercial centre.
Volunteer holidays to Tanzania are enjoyed in a land of spectacular beauty, and one of the largest countries in Africa. It lies on the east coast of Africa and is bordered to the north by Kenya and Uganda, to the west is Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia and to the south are Malawi and Mozambique. Tanzania comprises of coastal lowland, volcanic highlands, the Great Rift Valley and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. We have a selection of volunteering programs in Tanzania with placements at orphanages, teaching & medical placements.
Tanzania is the only country in the world which has allocated at least 25 per cent of its total area to wildlife national parks and protected areas, including the world famous Serengeti National Park. We provide exciting gap adventures to Tanzania, backpacking holidays and volunteering work experience programs. If you are interested in volunteering in Tanzania or trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro have a look at our latest programs below or give us a call for more information.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance