Environment Conservation Assistant

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Coordinator | Ximena
Coordinator | Ximena
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This project is well suited to enthusiastic and hardworking volunteers who are passionate about using education as a vehicle to inspire youth to understand the importance This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 14+
The aim of the Environmental Education and Up cycling project is to support sustainability initiatives within the local community of Mwanza Region. Volunteers will be involved in a range of activities focused on recycling, up cycling and gardening.Volunteers who are proficient in Swahili, can also be involved in assisting education programs within schools where they will educate students about environmental issues.

Volunteers who are outgoing, will get involved in physical work and must be enthusiastic in providing assistance wherever thier help is most needed, this will be the perfect project for them.

When volunteering on the Environmental Education and Up cycling project in Mwanza, volunteers will provide assistance with all stages of recycling. This may include collecting and sorting recycling materials, and upcycling glass, textile and plastic materials. You can also support community beach clean-ups and restoration projects, along with planting and gardening work. There are opportunities to assist education projects focused on recycling and sustainability within regional public elementary schools.

This project is perfect for volunteers who want to make an active contribution to important sustainability activities within the local community, while also gaining valuable learning opportunities which can be transferred back to thier home community. Volunteers who love the outdoors,and  are passionate about conservation, and enjoy physical work, this is an awesome opportunity to get out in the community and make a difference for the future of Mwanza Region

You are not required to have any previous experience to participate on this project, as our local team will ensure that you are well directed and supported to complete the volunteer work at hand. We do recommend that you note any generals skills, limitations, or interests you might have on your application to ensure that you are assisted to make the best difference you can within the Environmental Conservation project.

Typical day

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local field manager and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: You will have a morning or afternoon shift, which will last around 2 to 5 hours. A typical morning schedule would be as follows:

7.30 AM Breakfast with the other volunteers.

8.00 AM Volunteers leave home and walk to their placements.

8.30 AM The volunteer joins the local staff. You will be given instructions for the day’s work.

2.00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.

2.30 PM Lunch (main meal of the day)

7.30 PM Dinner out with the other volunteers or local staff.

Please note this schedule will vary depending on the needs of your particular project.

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


In order to join the program you need to be at least 14 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or 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

What's Included

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.

Dates & Fees


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.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$250 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Musha Care Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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.

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