Help our non-profit with bird conservation and tree planting projects in Arusha, Tanzania

  • Tanzania
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  • Last activity: 31 May 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    About Us
    We are a Non-government Organization who promotes conservation of environments for birds by organizing afforestation (tree planting) programs, while also creating income through birding activities in a sustainable manner. The aim is to make sure the current generation benefits from biodiversity without compromising the future generation. Our organisation was founded by Issa Magesa whose passion is to conserve natural environment especially that supports animals to have a conducive environment to live. This was his idea since childhood. At the age of 23 he started by forming a club where youth were brought together to learn and practice life skills including birds conservation. The club was then registered as an NGO in 2020 for it to be eligible to support more youth in Tanzania.

    Our Team is formed by the following
    1. Isaac Magesa - Founder
    2. Gabriel Thomas - Field officer
    3. Charles Joel - Operations Manager
    4. Hasan Dilenga - Treasurer
    5. Hamisi Fataki - Secretary
    6. Glory Molel - Librarian

    Our Mission
    To encourage youth in bird conservation and afforestation by providing environmental education and awareness.

    Our Vision
    To make Tanzania the best bird and environmental conservation spot in the world.

    Organization Objectives
    1. To provide theory and practical training for bird's identification and conservation
    2. To promote tree planting education in primary and secondary schools
    3. To evaluate the status of endangered bird species in Tanzania
    4. To improve the wellbeing of women , girls and elders through computer and language learning
    5. To influence environmental laws in the Tanzanian government
    6. To encourage and support young ladies to work in the tourism industry as professional field guides

    Organization Programs
    1. To Promote Bird's Identification and Conservation

    We engage in research to identify bird species, their habitats and come up with the strategies to conserve their habitats. This goes hand in hand with training the community on the importance of birds, bird behavior, and how to conserve them. To make sure that the habitats of birds are maintained, we engage the community in afforestation and protection of the forest. This is done through engaging the community in tree planting and Participatory Forest Management. We also participate in environmental conservation activities like local litter removal.

    2. Evening Language program for elders

    IT has special program of helping elders in our community learn and practice English language so that they can easily communicate with non-Swahili speakers when executing their daily activities. This program is conducted in the evening because most of this people are busy during the day but in the evening they can have sometimes to seat and learn.

    3. To Develop Birding Tourism

    We encourage young women and men to participate in tourism activities by acting as field guides especially on issues of birds. This is done through recruitment and training them on birds and tour guiding. We focus particularly on empowering young women and helping them reach their goals.

    4. Engagement in Environmental Laws and Policies Improvement

    In collaboration with other actors in the environmental movement, we engage in the process to advise the government on the implementation of environmental policies which are useful for sustainable environment, We advocate for useful laws to be implemented and to create awareness to the community on the implementation of the policies and laws which aim at protecting the environment.

    6.Computer and Language Training Program for women

    We have a program to support young women and girls who are coming from low economic status or have failed to go for further studies. This program is intended to help them get skills which can be used for securing employment or create employment for themselves and others. By doing so we reduce the dependency rate among women and hence promote gender equality where women are free from all types of violence.

    7. Provision Of Self Awareness Training to the Youth

    To make sure the Youth know their value and contribution to the Nation and World in general, we organize and conduct Self Awareness programs at schools, colleges. These program help them to understand their potential and capabilities, hence use them in positive ways. This is important for "Better Nation Tomorrow," as we say in Tanzania.

    Our Approach

    The approach involves working with various like-minded stakeholders in carrying on Participatory Initiatives and Innovation Development to make sure the community is part and parcel in their problem solving and hence attain sustainability.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    - You will be able to learn many things in our local culture like Language, Food, Sports, etc.
    - You will get chance to visit our attractions like National Parks, Forest Reserves, Mountains, Museums, Waterfalls, etc. Our house is located only a 20 minute drive from Arusha National Park and a 1 hour drive from Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 meters.
    - When they are in Tanzania you can get chance to know the business opportunities available for investment in our country.
    - During school and college visits, you will be able to learn how Tanzanian people behave, experience our hospitality, and learn about our local environment.
    - You will get a chance to learn about animals and their behaviors.
    - You will get chance to visit western Tanzania's National Parks, including Mahale Mountains Gombe stream and Rubondo national park, which are home to mankind's nearest living genetic kin, the fascinating Chimpanzee with its 98% shared genes with human being.

  • Help


    Our organization is multidisciplinary since it works with the community on many sectors like environment, community awareness and education areas. The main thematic area for our organization is birds conservation where we encourage the community to be a part in conserving birds habitat and save the endangered species.

    Therefore volunteers with diverse skills are invited to work with us especially those who have passion to conserve environment and community wellbeing. People we work with are also in need of help in the other areas of education, language practice, computer, tourism and hospitality.

    In order for the community to meaningfully engage in conservation activities they need alternative means of improving livelihoods, here we are in need of volunteers who will help in training the community on entrepreneurship and help in fundraising.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent
    English: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I want to improve my ENGLISH, GERMAN and FRENCH through speaking and writing.

  • Accommodation


    You will stay in a house that is well-secured with a fence and Security Guard. You will have access to hot water, and food is provided (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner). This food is by our local Chef but you will also be able to cook for yourself. We also provide mosquito nets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off you can:

    - Go for long or short walks to enjoy nature, where you can see many different bird species and even the Colobus monkey.
    - Watch or participate in local sports.
    - Visit some of the close-by National Parks, like Arusha National Park.
    - Try local restaurants and cuisine.
    - Experience local transport like dala-dala (minibus) and boda-boda (motorcycle taxi).

    Please note: If you would like to visit the National Parks there will be an additional fee charged (not by our organisation).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs and Cats

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 535431657583

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