Help set up a practical permaculture community in the highlands of Mafinga, Iringa, Tanzania

  • Tanzania
  • Bisher 350 mal gespeichert
  • Letzte Aktivität: 23 März 2023



 Geforderte Mindest-Aufenthaltsdauer:  mindestens 1 Woche



  • Beschreibung


    We want to create awareness among the community by introducing Permaculture in Africa as a whole - this is our mission. Our practices are guided and carried out by permaculture ethics, principles and design system.

    Our farm is on top of one of the many hills of the highlands of Tansania and compromises of 15 hectares. We have five zones based on permaculture principles, three trained permaculture experts and two demo plots.

    The farm is the place, where you will spend most of the time. You will enjoy a natural environment and share the daily tasks with the family, maybe other volunteers and farm workers.

    On our farm we have some forests and are slowly but constantly enlarging our farming area. We are growing different types of vegetables (in endless beds and a nursery), have have a small amount of animals (cow, sheeps, rabbits, chickens) and 25 beehives.
    The site structure is still developing and we already have some infrastructure ready, but there is a lot to do ahead. So your skills in constructing shelters and/or buildings will also be welcome. Right now we have a small dormitory, a kitchen, an open dining house, a house for our tools and some sleeping tents in the forest.

    You are heartly invited to support this project, experience tanzanian life on a farm, exchange ideas, culture, know how, learnings, ...
    I am happy and excited to work with different people from all over the world, who can teach me new things, share ideas and knowledge, collaborate on projects and further aid me to fulfill my goal of helping the local community and environment.

    Our plan is to develop this site further to be able to receive more students and people interested in permaculture from around the globe to demonstrate the positive effects of permaculture and educate individuals on the practices of sustainable living following the key concepts of practical permaculture.

    In Tanzania - and I can say that this is also global – farmers and even people in general do not realize that the conventional farming practices are killing our lands and destroying natural ecosystems and biodiversity. Unlike these money focused conventional farmers, my wish is to first create awareness on a local scale and then hopefully progress to educate people nationally. Encouraging people to have a respectful and environmentally sustainable relationship with Mother Nature, so that the future generation may continue these practices and utilize and enjoy the rich natural resources that surround us. My aim is to educate the community so that they may realize and readjust the way they think, produce and live. I hope to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of permaculture, so the local community can observe the small changes they can implement in their own lifestyles without needing to compromise important aspects of their lives.

    In the future we also want to invest time into School Projects for the primary and secondary school of the village.

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Hilfe mit Computer /Internet
  • UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    Keine Armut
    Kein Hunger
    Gesundheit und Wohlergehen
    Hochwertige Bildung
    Sauberes Wasser und Sanitärversorgung
    Bezahlbare und saubere Energie
    Menschenwürdige Arbeit und Wirtschaftswachstum
    Industrie, Innovation und Infrastruktur
    Weniger Ungleichheiten
    Nachhaltige Städte und Gemeinden
    Nachhaltige Konsum- und Produktionsmuster sicherstellen
    Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
    Leben unter Wasser
    Leben an Land
    Frieden, Gerechtigkeit und starke Institutionen
    Partnerschaften zur Erreichung der Ziele
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    You will be sharing good time with us and experience the Tanzanian way of life.

    We will be happy to spend time with you, teaching you some Kiswahili and if you like local language (Hehe).

    We will also be glad to help you discovering the area. Mdabulo Ikanga is a small village, where everyone knows each other. The local people are very friendly and always willing to have a conversation with you regardless of your fluency in Kiswahili! Sometimes people are coming to the farm to visit the permaculture site and to observe the design and benefits of practical permaculture. So there are always opportunities to meet and interact with the locals and practice your Kiswahili.

    We are close to the Ruaha National Park, the biggest one in Tanzania, famous for the amount of lions and other big cats. Our volunteers described their excursions to the nationalpark as awesome, mindblowing.
    So if you want, we can help you organizing a safari during your days off or any near adventure you want to undertake.

  • Arbeit


    You are welcome to offer any help around the farm, e. g.
    - preparing garden beds for new crops, planting seedlings, distributing natural fertilizer, removing weeds and grass, turning compost, watering the plants, etc.
    - building new houses, stalls, stables, sheds, barns and help with electricity or water issues
    - cleaning the animal pens and feeding the animals,
    - picking fruits and vegetables and preparing meals, ...

    There are always jobs where you can help with around the property and all kind of help is welcomed!

    Beside these daily tasks, the aim is to keep the project and dream growing, so we will work on several ideas which imply designing, building, repairing.

    Do you have any computing skills? I would appreciate some help with documents, webpages, social media - and your help me to improve my computer skills.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Englisch: Fließend
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fließend

  • Unterkunft


    You will be staying at the farm, which is situated on top of one of the many hills of the highlands. It is 100% safe, a very peaceful and quiet place with a beautiful environment and often awesome sunrises. You are surrounded by nature: the farm and forests.

    Depending on the number of volunteers, you will have your own sleeping tent or share it with one other volunteer (2 per room/ tent). Bedsheets, blankets, and pillows are provided. But if you are used to your stuff, please bring it along.

    We serve 3 meals per day: breakfast, hot lunch and hot dinner in a wooden hut with a long table. Tea is available everytime. Most of the food you eat will be provided by the site's crops.

    We offer two wooden cabins, where you enjoy showering with a bucket of hot water, which we cook every evening.
    Our toilets are 100% compost toilets.

    In the middle of the farm we have 4 big benches, ideal to relax and enjoy the beautiful view (and good network).

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    There is no Wi-Fi at the farm nor in the village. If you need internet, please buy a local sim card. Best network connection at the farm is with Vodacom.

    The weather is very nice in Mufindi area. That means it is not too hot but it can be rather cool at night. So please make sure, you have enough warm clothes and a rain jacket with you. 😊As you will be working on a farm, think about good shoes or rubber boots and !!! working gloves.

    We are not so far from Ruaha National Park, the biggest park of Tanzania, and we can organize some unforgettable safari for you at a good price!

    I am able to help all travellers with their journey to Mdabulo, as I have friends in many places, who are happy to help and make your journey as smooth as possible. The local transport can be quite confusing if you dot speak the local language!
    Just let me know your travel plans and I will be happy to help!

    Looking forward to exchanging ideas with you and developing the Practical Permaculture of Africa vision. :)

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    You may park your campervan on the farm and use our facilities, but we are not able to connect you to electricity!

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

  • ...


    Usually 4-5 hours a day (however can vary depending on the work required), 5 days a week

Gastgeber Ref-Nr.: 917813949264

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