Musha Care Foundation

Environment and Wildlife Conservation Assistant

Ilemela, Mwanza, Tanzania show on map
Are you passionate about eco volunteering and want to support environmental projects, or get involved with conservation volunteer opportunities? This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Preserving and protecting Tanzania ’s incredible biodiversity and wildlife is the main goal of the Conservation Project. 

As a volunteer, you will live and work on jisikie nyumbani a reserve in the Mwanza, contributing to vital conservation efforts and research. 

Our program 

The project is based at the ilemela, which is located three hours north of Mwanza. Here, volunteers work to preserve local biodiversity through research and monitoring. 

Along with hundreds of bird species, volunteers can expect to see buffalo, lions, zebra, waterbuck, impala, Thomson’s gazelle, eland, hyenas, leopards, and hippos.

Our main research focus is on the giraffe and we conduct research on these animals as part of a larger project with other reserves. This research is shared with other conservation authorities with similar aims to ensure the survival of Africa’s wildlife for future generations. Ultimately, these joint research efforts v could determine the fate of this sub species. All research takes place at ilemela in Mwanza Religion under the guidance of our skilled and experienced local staff.

This project is suitable for anyone with a passion for nature, wildlife, and the great outdoors. You don’t need any previous experience to participate and can take part as part of a gap year, summer break, career break, or a volunteer vacation.

Your tasks

Volunteers can take part in a wide variety of activities, including:

Endangered species research: 
1-Giraffe and its micro-ecology
2-Mammal, bird, and plant population studies using observation and tracking techniques
3- Removal of invasive plans
4- Maintaining natural water holes for animals
5- Road maintenance
6. Mammal inventories using motion detection camera traps
7- Animal and plant identification
8- Anti-poaching patrols
8- Community work (introducing tree nurseries, for example)

By volunteering on this project, volunteers will have an active role in the protection of some  species that is more endangered than the rhino.

With such a wide range of research and practical projects at ilemela, you will learn a new range of skills. In addition to the practical skills learned through the day-to-day responsibilities of volunteering on a wildlife reserve, you gain an increased awareness of the African landscape, its animals, and their ecology.

As with all our volunteer projects, we strive to involve the local communities in our programs. At ilemela in Mwanza Region we work side by side with local communities in our tree nurseries and awareness programs. Additionally, our conservation work in Tanzania involves raising awareness of conservation issues in local schools through various educational programs and workshops.

Typical day

Work at the conservancy consists of a combination of observational research tasks and practical hands on work.

Volunteers usually work five days a week, typically from 8am to noon and then again from 2pm until 5pm. 

Depending on the activities, you may be required to start earlier or finish later or even work over the weekend.

The work is divided up among all of our volunteers using a weekly schedule. Trained local staff are on hand to supervise thier activities and provide support.

Volunteers will also be able to take part in workshops designed to teach you about different aspects of the project and the environment you will come to call home.

Details on Arrival

The program orientation begins every Monday and lasts for 3 days. Volunteers need to arrive in llemela Mwanza on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Mwanza  International Airport between 10am and 5pm. 

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Mwanza. 

If you are traveling in the Tanzania prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up at the airport on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our Tanzania team in Mwanza,and begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for the first 3 days of your stay. This covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in the Tanzania – Introduction to the Tanzania, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details.

Free-time activities

During the weekend, volunteers have free time to relax and explore the local area, or travel further afield. There are plenty of things to do and see around Mwanza and volunteers are able to go safaris, visit local markets or relax poolside. For those volunteers interested in traveling further afield there are many great destinations to choose from including Arusha,  and many other nearby tourist places around the local community.

Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Swahili (basic level)
Education Requirements
at University or High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good communication
Ability to work in a new environment
Self Confidence
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Musha Care Foundation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Musha Care Foundation
  •  24/7 in-country support
  •  Airport pick-up
  •  Program orientation
  •  Volunteer placement
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals
Airport Pickup at Mwanza Airport

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in ilemela in Mwanza Region.

Orientation is hosted by our local team at the volunteer house in ilemela Mwanza Region in Tanzania. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date. If your start date falls on a weekend or a public holiday, your orientation will begin on the Monday or day following the public holiday. 

Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Tanzania – Introduction to Tanzania, Tanzanian Customs, Rules and Expectations, Language Lessons (Kiswahili) Safety, Travel Opportunities in Tanzania, Introduction to your Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Volunteers are accommodated in dormitory-style accommodation, located within Mwanza, where the local team’s office is based. Volunteers should expect to share a room with up to 7 other volunteers of the same gender. The accommodation provides air-conditioning in the bedrooms, a shared bathroom with western toilets and bucket showers with cold running water (nice and refreshing in the hot weather!). A fridge is available to store your personal items and an area for hand washing laundry. Bedding is provided and includes a bottom sheet, thin blanket and a pillow.

For those volunteers wanting more comfortable accommodation or a private room, accommodation upgrades can sometimes be arranged. As this is not always available, this needs to be be discussed with the local team directly once you arrive in-country.
Dorm Room Bungalow Camping
Food & Beverages

Staple foods in Tanzania include rice, ugali (maize porridge), chapatti and coconut milk. Volunteers are served three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfasts generally consist of chai (tea), toast, fruit and mandazzi (deep fried dough). A typical lunch can include meat and vegetables with rice and fruit, while dinner usually sees traditional food, such as ugali and chapatti accompany the meat and vegetables. Meals are served at the accommodation​,​ however a packed lunch can be provided upon request if you​r​​ ​placement is due to finish after lunch time.​ ​Bottled water​ ​is​​ ​readily available in Tanzania.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mwanza Airport (MWZ) in Mwanza. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 740
2 weeks
$ 875
3 weeks
$ 1,009
4 weeks
$ 1,144
6 weeks
$ 1,413
8 weeks
$ 1,682
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,220
Average fees
$ 463 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Ilemela, Mwanza/Tanzania between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Musha Care Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Musha Care Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Tanzania  Ilemela, Mwanza, 12 Kahasa Street ilemela District

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