Populations and urban sprawl are increasing globally and are significant issues for wildlife conservation in Tanzania. Together with farming practices, population growth means that humans are encroaching on the habitats of animal. Many species of animals are running out of space and their territories are overlapping with that of people – conflict results; animals are sometimes poisoned, shot or trapped. Wildlife care and rehabilitation centers not only have a role in caring for injured wildlife but also in education programs to help people learn to live with their animal neighbors more harmoniously.
Non-profit, non-governmental wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers require a lot of help to run and maintain. Trees need planting, weeds need removing, grass needs slashing, and enclosures need painting and “enriching” to minimize stress in animals. Eventually, those that can be rehabilitated need to be returned to the wild. For this reason, direct interaction with animals is avoided or minimized as the desire is to help them stay ‘wild’. Part of the greater goals for these Adventure makers is to educate farmers, tourists, school children and others. This too takes time, money and passionate and dedicated individuals.
“Volunteers are part of the heart and soul of wildlife rehabilitation centers. Not only that, this is an incredible opportunity for you to learn about wildlife issues from inspirational conservationists, be part of the daily activities of a wildlife rehabilitation center and of course, see incredible African animals up close. Hear cheetahs purring at close quarters, chat to the resident meerkat family, listen to the unusual sounds of the African wild dog and learn more about the challenges that these incredible animals face in wild. It is located in the wilds it is a great opportunity to learn more about what it takes to help threatened species come back from the brink of extinction.
It is immensely rewarding to know that as a volunteer, your activities have helped critically endangered and threatened animals live out their lives in comfort or be ready to be released back into their natural environment. Your days normally start at 8am and finish around 5pm with lots of breaks as you’ll be working hard, and you will get a minimum of two free days per two week project so you can visit local attractions and explore nearby areas. These projects are well suited to volunteers who like hands-on work and are passionate about wildlife conservation.
Elephant species are important Animals in African ecosystems; however, Elephant are constantly under threat from human encroachment on the land. Elephants are invariably injured from poisoning and poaching by local commuities. The majority of these injuries unfortunately require amputations, otherwise, these majestic animal become permanently disabled.
Cheetah cubs are very vulnerable when born; with cheetah cubs born in captivity, it is especially important to make this process easier for mothers who are usually wild by keeping them from becoming too stressed and potentially harming or killing their cubs. One way Adventure Makers participants have helpe with this.
This includes involvement in daily cleaning rounds (cleaning feeding trays, enclosures etc.), feeding rounds (feeding animals like African Wild Dogs, cheetahs, vultures, brown hyenas and more), ambassador care (helping with cheetahs that are used to educate children and adults alike to the plight of the cheetahs and other threatened species) and cheetah runs (exercising cheetahs). Without a large number of person hours dedicated solely to the care and maintenance of these animals they would be unable to survive.
Wild animal are rescued from farms where they threaten the livelihood of many farmers and thus endanger their own lives. Animal require comfortable and safe enclosures to spend time from being rescued to being re-released into the wild. The same is also true for the permanent residents of wildlife rescue centers. This work involves manual tasks including rust removal, painting, alien vegetation removal, and cutting back vegetation. This is probably one of the single most important contributions Adventure Makers make to wildlife care and rehabilitation centers.
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Each project runs for two weeks and is operated in partnership with well-established local organizations including government and non-government organizations (NGOs), protected areas, research institutions and local grassroots community groups. Projects are located in various settings, from city suburbs to the remote outback, and mountain ranges to coastal areas. Volunteer teams range from 8 to about 25 people, depending on specific project and host country, plus one or more Adventure Makers Project Leaders. Each volunteer team is supervised and directed by professional staff from the host organization.
No prior experience or expertise is needed to participate in an Adventure Makers volunteer project. Accommodations vary with project and host country, including volunteer houses, dormitories, rustic country hotels, family homestays, research stations, and bush camping. Meals (3 per day) will be provided during the volunteer project.
Depending on your assigned departure date, only certain projects will be available. Please be flexible in your project preferences; these are ALL great projects with significant conservation/community development and educational value in phenomenal locations.
Visa and Residence Permit
- If your internship/ volunteering/ teacher exhange period is 3 months or less, you need to buy tourist visa USD 50 (from USA and Ireland USD 100) as you arrive to Tanzania and Visitor’s Pass USD 200.
- If your internship/ volunteering/ teacher exchange period is more than 3 months you need to buy tourist visa USD 50 (from USA and Ireland USD 100) as you arrive to Tanzania and Residence Permit Class C USD 550.
If you cancel your trip after the contract is made and your invoice is sent you are still obligated to pay 70% of your program fee
- 74% of voluntary work and internship program fee goes to accommodation, food, water, electricity, transportation to the placements, arrangements with the placements, airport transportation, security and orientation.
- 26% of the program fees goes to administration e.g. staff salaries, office expenses