Environmental Conservation

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Coordinator | Tizia
Coordinator | Tizia
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Plant avocado trees with local farmers
Get involved and make a lasting change in people's lives
Teach environmental conservation in local schools
Share your skills and learn new things from the local staff
Explore Tanzania by day trips, safaris or mountain climbs
Educate society to be more sustainable and aware towards the needs of the environment and to create a green place to live in.
Conserve your Environment to Conserve You. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Tanzania, as well as many other countries, face changes due to climate change and the growth of population. 

Former forests, which were a fertile living space for several species of animals and reptiles, got cut down to create more space for farming purposes and to feed the community. Moreover you can see changes in the environment all around the country. Some specific trees do not get enough rain during the year any more and have to die eventually. Trees, forests and a healthy environment are necessary for every community and the whole of humanity to produce fresh air, give shade and an appropriate living space to humans and animals.

Gladness Pallangyo founded the Tengeru Cultural Tourism Program in 2006. She wanted to share her passion for the conservation of the environment with the community and visitors. She saw the need to stop the ongoing deforestation in her home, which is around Mt. Meru,  the fourth highest mountain in the whole of Africa. For over 10 years she is now fighting for environmental conservation around her, giving lessons to neighbors, visiting schools to educate the youth and inviting tourist to share days with her in the area. She wants to share her knowledge about how to preserve nature and have an income at the same time.  Her aim is to educate society and herself continuously to reach more sustainability within her work and more awareness of the needs of the environment to create a green place to live in.

The project

The Tengeru Environmental Conservation Program is a part of the Cultural Tourism Program, where visitors can see the Arusha environment on the slopes of Mount Meru. They get told about the peculiarities of this area and the methods the farmer use to protect the environment. At the end of the tour every single visitor gets a certificate, promising that one tree will be planted in their name in the rain season. The project's motto is "conserve your environment to conserve you“. Moreover the program's members start regular campaigns  where they educate the community, as well as school pupils, about the necessity of their work and what every single person is able to do to participate.

As a volunteer you will work together with the staff, guides and coordinators of Tengeru Cultural Program to create new ways of conserving the local environment. You will become a full member of the team to enrich their knowledge with yours and exchange a lot of ideas. Furthermore you will report to the officers, who are working in the Mt. Meru Forest Conservation Area, before and after planting activities.


You do not need any previous knowledge, but a strong belief of the importance of environmental conservation and a love to communicate with people about that topic should be a given part of you. Please note: in order to implement the project and buy trees an one-time donation of 50 USD is required. 

Typical day

Your work - a typical day

The Volunteer's House is located in Mianzini, Arusha, which is a busy but safe suburban area. From there you will start your daily travel by walking and local transportation from the Volunteers House, or the Host Family, to Tengeru in the early morning. There you will meet with your supervisor at the program's head office to discuss the day and what to do. Your role within the project will be discussed on your first day and depends on your previous experience and interests. You will walk and drive around the slopes of Mt. Meru daily and gain new experiences, you will work there together with local people, who are interested in the same task as you, preserving the environment and reforesting the area.

Maybe you will visit schools and educate the pupils about your work as part of the environmental conservation team, plant trees at the school and explain to the students what each of them can do to conserve the environment around them.

Or you might go up the hills of Mt. Meru to report to the ministry office of the Forest Reserve and afterwards plant trees in order to reforest the area or become part of the avocado tree planting to improve the farmer's stable income.

Moreover you will be a part of the touristic tours and assist the guides to increase and share your knowledge. There you will be part of meetings within the community and the project to discuss further improvement and new ideas. You will meet with people to discuss the value of your work daily, in order to bring the community closer together to follow this one goal: to conserve and protect the environment.

Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable volunteer rates like: 

1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake. 

2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimpse of  Mt.Kilimanjaro. 

3. Cultural tours to Maasai markets and the possibility to visit different ethnic groups. 

4. Coffee plantation tour to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product. 

5. Safaris to the national parks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area). 

6. Climbing Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. 

7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!



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)
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:30 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Viva Tanzania
All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, being guided to the project on the first day, 24/7 in-country-support, accommodation in a dorm, daily breakfast and dinner, lunch is usually provided in the project.

The project requires an additional donation of 50 USD that supports buying the avocado trees.


Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport
In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are included. One of our friendly staff members, will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick-up-sign, just in time when you plane or bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience - when it's time to say good bye - we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.

The volunteer house has dorms; each contains comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings, the maximum is four people in one room. As storage space is limited in the rooms please consider packing light, too. Accommodation in a single room is possible (extra charge). 
The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city centre. Although the house is close to the busy town and is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden we have different fruits, like bananas and avocado. Our hostel dogs are part of the family and stay in the compound as well. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen through out the day.

Moreover we offer you the possibility to stay with a host family during your volunteering with us. The charges remain the same, but you will get the unique experience of sharing your daily live with and in a Tanzanian family. They will provide you with everything that's necessary. All family members speak English fluently and are very welcoming. As their new family member you will have your own lockable room, featured with a bed and access to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the beautiful compound. If staying with a guest family, we will of course still provide our 24/7 in-country support by our staff members. For further information please let us know that you are interested in staying in a guest family within your application on Volunteer World.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Our cook will prepare fresh vegetables, fruits, pancakes and daily changing breakfast highlights. Tea, coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetables are additionally available. Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian (like Tizia), vegan or have any allergy, we can cope with everything - just let us know. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.ith a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.

Internet Access
Limited 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 Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. 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

You can start working at this project any day of the week that suits you.
On your first day we will do a town tour showing you Arusha, how to use the buses, where to find ATMs, exchange money and much more. 
The next day one of our staff members will take you to your project showing you the way and making sure you are always safe.
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
5 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$227 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Viva Tanzania 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 Viva Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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