Viva Tanzania

Support the work of an Animal Welfare Organization

Arusha, Tanzania show on map
founded in 2015
Viva Tanzania
Coordinator | Tizia
Coordinator | Tizia
The organization works to protect animals (especially dogs and donkeys) by educating the local community about animal welfare.
Help the NGO with their fight! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The project

The Meru Animal Welfare Organization (MAWO) works in the Meru region of Tanzania to protect animals from cruelty by promoting, improving, and developing matters concerning the welfare and understanding of animals in Tanzania. They are fighting for a different perception of animals within their culture and society. They also work to promote the five freedoms of animals: 1. Freedom from hunger and thirst, 2. Freedom from discomfort, 3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease, 4. Freedom from fear and distress, 5. Freedom to express normal behaviour.

Their mission is to protect all animals from torture, abuse, cruelty, diseases and killing. Their vision is for animals to be respected as living creatures who experience pain, fear and suffering. Their aim is to promote, improve, and develop of any matter concerning the protection of animals and understanding of animals among the people of Meru District, Tanzania.

In 2009, MAWO Founder and President, Johnson Lyimo, and other community leaders were brought together to discuss their shared concern for the horrific animal treatment they were seeing in their communities. By 2010 they had completed a baseline survey to study the greatest needs for animal welfare in the Meru region. MAWO was created to address these problems to better the lives of both animals and humans in the area. Since then, MAWO has played a significant role as a champion for animal welfare throughout the Meru District and Tanzania. “Animal welfare” to them means: the concern for the well-being of an animal’s physical and mental state and involves the mitigation of avoidable suffering, injury, pain, fear or distress resulting from unnatural behaviour while used for work, sport, companionship, research, or food. The ethical basis for MAWO’s policies stems from looking beyond the conservation of species to the welfare of individual animals.

Your work

Working hours will be discussed individually. Your work is diverse and depends on your interests and knowledge, but you will definitely get the chance to be creative and do important work!
You are asked to advise the MAWO Team on how to improve the day to day activities of animal welfare for good performance of the organization. You will help to design different programs for animal welfare. You will seek internal and external donors and apply for grants. You will write and giving reports to the donors on the progress of MAWO. You will design fundraising activities and put them into practice. You will design and write MAWO newsletters, brochures etc. You will perform field activities i.e. Dog & Donkey Clinics, and you will find and invite new members (internal and external) to join MAWO from different areas i.e. tour operation organizations, hotels, big farm operations etc. Finally, you will provide education in schools i.e. primary and secondary, communities and also conduct clubs.

If you have a background in any of the required fields like animal care, marketing, fundraising, etc. that would be very good! But even if not, you are welcome to support MAWO. The important thing is to be compassionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic.


You can support MAWO even if you can only stay for two weeks, but since you will have responsibilities and maybe conduct your own projects and activities, you should consider to stay longer. The best effect for you and MAWO will be guaranteed when you support them for three to six months.

Typical day

Your day depends on if you have a day in the office or if you are on an outreach.
Your working hours will be discussed individually, based on your interest, skills and the demand of the organization.
If you have an office day you start in the morning and work as discussed with your supervisor in the field of fundraising, marketing or any of the above mentioned fields.
If on an outreach your work differs from day to day. If you are going far out of Arusha it can even happen that you have to sleep in the villages where you work. At dog and donkey clinics you will teach local people about animal welfare, go to school and educate children and communities and much more!

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 and 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.

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 blimps of the Mount Kilimanjaro.
3. Cultural tours to Maasai markets and the possibility to visit different ethnicities.
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!

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)
Criminal Background Check
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

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by Viva Tanzania.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Viva Tanzania (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Viva Tanzania

All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, taking to the project on the first day, donation to the animal welfare organization, 24/7 in-country support, accommodation in a dorm, breakfast and dinner, lunch is usually provided in the project.

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. We try to keep the rooms separated by gender but can not guarantee this. 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 Takwa and Nala 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.

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

Breakfast will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetables. 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.

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 480
3 weeks
$ 605
4 weeks
$ 730
5 weeks
$ 860
9 weeks
$ 1,350
17 weeks
$ 2,340
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 6,515
Average fees
$ 185 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Arusha/Tanzania between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Viva Tanzania 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 Viva Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Tanzania  Arusha, P.O. Box 12677

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