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Viva Tanzania

Support the work of an Animal Welfare Organization

Arusha, Tanzania

Agency | Viva Tanzania

The organization works to protect animals from cruelty by promoting, improving & developing matters concerning the welfare & understanding of animals.

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 and 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 so as to better the lives of both animals and humans in this 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

You are ask to advice 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 into practice. You will designing and writing MAWO newsletters, brochures etc. You will perform field activities i.e. Dog & Donkey Clinics, 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. and finally you will provide education in schools i.e. primary and secondary, communities and also conduct clubs.

Previous knowledge

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

Important

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 stay for three to six month.

Typical day

Your typical day depends on if you have an office day 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 and marketing.
If on an outreach you work can differ from day to day. Sometimes the outreaches are just one day, sometimes you will be sleeping somewhere in a village. At dog and donkey clinics you will teach local people about animal welfare, go to school and educate children and communities.

Free-time activities

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!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Viva Tanzania are happy to help you.

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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 inculded. Martin, the founder of Viva Tanzania, or Philbert, our friendly staff member, 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.

Accommodation

The hostel has different 4-bed dorms; each contain comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings. Storage space is limited, so please consider your packing being as limited as possible, too. Accommodation in a single room is 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 and Ava, or dogs are part of the family and stay outside of the house on the compound. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen althrough the day.

Dorm Room 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
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 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.
Vaccines
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)
$450.00
3 weeks
$561.00
4 weeks
$673.00
5 weeks
$784.00
9 weeks
$1,230.00
17 weeks
$2,122.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$5,800.00
Average fees
$171.00/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.
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Deposit (15%)
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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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