Support an small local animal shelter and give homeless dogs a voice.
In September 2016 the Tanzanian Ismael and Tizia from Viva Tanzania founded the small animal shelter in Mianzini, the area in Arusha where they both are living. Ismael started caring for dogs when he found a female dog who was giving birth to four puppies in the middle of night during rain unsheltered on a pumpkin field and couldn't stand it any more. He built a small house and fed the five dogs.
Rahel, Tizia's volunteer found a female dog and her litter of eight puppies on a banana field close to the kindergarten where she worked. She and Tizia wanted to help and got in touch with „Mbwa wa Africa“, the big animal shelter in Arusha. Through the animal shelter they got in touch with Ismael and this is how everything started: With the help on donations and dedicated people they fenced a piece of land at his fathers banana field and built a bigger shelter for the additional nine dogs. One day before the relocation was about to happen Rahel and Tizia visited the dogs on the banana field and saw that overnight someone tried to kill them. Two were missing, one dead and one seriously injured, who also died later one. Both didn't hesitated and brought the remaining four dogs to the volunteer hostel. They were not able to catch the mother dog. During October and November 2016 Ismael had his first Viva Tanzania volunteer. The two volunteers Svenja and Marcy played an important roll in the completion and improvement of the shelter as well as the Facebook and web page. Nevertheless, the animal shelter does not have regular donors yet and therefore big problems to provide adequately for the dogs and to convey them.
On the one hand you can help in the shelter itself, educating and playing with and caring for the dogs. On the other hand you can update the website and Facebook page and help to raise funds. Everyone can be active where he or she can helps best. Proposals, suggestions and new ideas are always welcome.
Since you will work with (former) street dogs, it is necessary that you are vaccinated against rabies.
A typical day starts at 9:00 am at the shelter. You can check with Ismael what's up for the day:
- Which dog needs which medicine?
- Checking all dogs for ticks, flees, lice and other injuries
- Cleaning the shelter
- Playing with the dogs
- Educating and training the dogs
- Walking the dogs
For lunch you will return to the volunteer hostel.
In the afternoon you can work on the facebook page and website.
Write proposals to raise funds, design flyers, write newsletter and so on.
Part of your work is also to visit our former street dogs and check how they are doing in their new homes, take dogs to the veterinary for medical care as well as sterilization and castration, rescue pregnant, lactating and injured dogs from the street and much more.
We offer a wide range of activities at affordable rates like:
1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.
2. Swimming in paradise like hot springs with a glimps at the Mount Kilimanjaro.
3. Cultural Tours to Maasai Markets and the possibility to visit different ethnicities.
4. Coffee Plantation Tours to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product.
5. Safari in the Nationalparks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area). 6. Climbing of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!
In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are inculded. Martin, the founder of Viva Tanzania will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick up sign just in time when you plane lands/your 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 hostel has different dorms; each contain comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings. Accommodation in a single room possible (extra charge). The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city center. Although the hostel is close to the busy town the house is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden there are different fruits. Bella, Luna & Takwa, the three dogs are part of the family. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen.
Breakfast will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetable. 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. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.