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 gap year 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.
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.
After breakfast there is a trip to the local village and work begins. This could involve a survey trip to check wildlife, monitoring tree cutting or simply working in the fields. Then it’s time for lunch. Wildlife education usually takes place after lunch and can last until dinner. After dinner the gap volunteers have free time to socialise, explore or simply rest.