Environmental leadership is a project focusing on complex question; whether we can design sustainable communities for our future. In cooperation with the local environmental committee, faith organizations, youth and women groups in Mwika Community (Action group), volunteers we will have an opportunity to explore the social, economic, spiritual and ecological issues and skills needed for developing sustainable life practices.
Volunteers will participate in a number of activities in the community including; establishment and management of community tree nursery (herbs and indigenous trees); tree planting and environmental education awareness; renewable energy (construction and installation of demonstration energy saver stoves); various activities aiming to promote healthy life styles (producing eating organic, sports etc.).
The study part will be divided in four folds; the big picture to understand why do we need to be developing sustainable communities, listening to nature and celebrating life. Ecological: bioregionalism, local food and organic farming. Social: community living, diversity and building communication skills. Economic: understanding the global versus local argument, analyzing ecological footprint. This will be in a form of workshops, debate and educational tours.
Accommodation and meals
Volunteers will share simple rooms at the communal house in the community. There are running water and electricity. The facility in located in a very strategic point to view the highest Mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro. Meals are mostly organic both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
Dates of the project
from 10.04.2017 to 26.04.2017
from 10.07.2017 to 26.07.2017
from 09.10.2017 to 25.10.2017
from 11.12.2017 to 28.12.2017
Location of the Project
Marera is one of the communities located along the sloops of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the Northern Tanzania. It is high density community; people are mostly engaged in coffee and Banana farming, dairy farming and business. The community is located about 45km from the town center (Moshi) and accessible by private and public transport. Having sharing boarder with Kilimanjaro National Park, the landscape is ever green throughout the year.
Free time activities
Possibilities are hiking to Kilimanjaro gate, eco and cultural tourism in Chagga and Masai community, Swimming & Relaxing at Lake Chala and Wildlife safari. (Ngorongoro Creator, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National parks). More details can be requested for planning.
Volunteers should be comfortable working outdoors and getting messy, willing to share leadership roles, and having a sense of adventure. Volunteers are expected as well to be open minded, flexible and working under minimum supervision.
The official languages of the project are English and Kiswahili. You do not have to be fluently.
Volunteers will be picked up at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Bus station within Moshi town. AI will organize transport to the project area.