We travel in small groups to minimise the impact on the places we visit. Included in your trip are National Park entrance and camp fees which are paid to the government and go towards maintaining this unique area and to local projects. The income generated by these fees is substantial and ensures that the environment itself is protected for the future as this money is greatly needed by the country.
We trek and camp responsibly using treated water instead of bottled water, cooking with responsible fuels rather than wood, and carrying all our rubbish away so that we leave the environment just as we found it.
This trek gets you close to nature and allows you the chance to get an authentic taste of the local culture as you trek with Maasai guides and your belongings are transported on pack animals in the traditional way-just as tribesman have done for centuries. If you wish to stay longer in Tanzania we can also organise volunteering in this region in the form of teaching English in local village schools.
Volunteering before or after this trek:
We work directly with local NGOs and Community based organisations, taking great care to select the organisations we partner with always making sure there is a real need for volunteers and the work that volunteers do will make a difference to the local community.
We work hard with the selected local partner organisations to develop roles for the volunteers focusing on areas where real difference can be to help the organisations meet their objectives. Through a dedicated team of local managers we constantly monitor the progress that is made through the volunteer programme and constantly review the thrust of our volunteer programmes to help local communities
Pre-departure briefings and continuous support by the locally based manager helps with preparation and enables volunteers to maximise their contribution to the school and community, as well as their own enjoyment. The projects are well organised so that volunteers can make a good contribution in a relatively short amount of time.
The Schools in and around Arusha are carefully selected from remote and impoverished areas where resources for teachers and materials are limited so your contribution can make a large noticeable difference. We will match your skills to a school that most needs your help.
We have our own foundation, a registered charity, which our travellers and volunteers can join us in supporting.
Aims of the foundation are: The advancement of education, the relief of poverty and sickness and the preservation and protection of good health through the provision of financial assistance, volunteers and such other forms of support as the council members may from time to time determine.
The Foundation supports local communities by:
- Making grants to individuals
- Making grants to organisations
- Providing other finance
- Providing human resources
- Providing buildings / facilities / open space
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