Community volunteering in Tanzania

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2021: 10 Jul, 24 Jul, 25 Jul, 8 Aug, 9 Aug, 23 Aug

Responsible tourism

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We have a strict policy of the frugal use of water in Tanzania by our volunteers. We have a rainwater harvesting system at our accommodation which provides all of our drinking water. Our volunteers selectively flush the toilets to minimise the use of water. All of our volunteers use reusable water containers when they operate in the bush.

Our dairy goat scheme operates a zero grazing scheme which prevents the goats from wandering freely in the bush eating trees. We encourage recycling of animal manure and the planting of trees. Our farming initiatives with local farmers encourage coppicing of trees rather than clear felling and burning. We are actively attempting to improve the quality of the soil of our partner farms by encouraging farmers to introducing materials which are biodegradable such as sawdust and wood shavings. We encourage farmers to rotate their crops to introduce nitrogen into the soil. We are working with local environment agencies to encourage the protection of the wildlife and ecosystem of the remaining areas of uncleared bush.

The Impacts of this Trip

All our projects are joint projects with local people and are agreed with the local government and village communities. The recipients of the projects we are involved in are selected by a local committee who manage the farmers co-operative that we helped set up. We work in partnership with the co op meeting regularly with the farmers and their management committee. We discuss possible projects and agree our short and long term strategies. The farmers are encouraged to be self reliant and to take initiatives in new business projects.

Our projects employ many local people such as cooks, cleaners, drivers, translators, managers, tradesmen and labourers. We have a training programme to train local people in the skills required to build water tanks, toilets, goat sheds, schools and low cost housing. We are training local people to help manage our projects.

We make a significant contribution to the local economy by using local builder’s merchants, food markets and safari companies to supply our volunteers and projects. Our projects enable hundreds of individuals and families to be financially self-sufficient via their involvement in our sustainable income generating projects.


1 Reviews of Community volunteering in Tanzania

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Meeting and working with local people who are enthusiastic and involved in the projects we were working on to improve their everyday lives. The gap between their lives and mine really hit home and it has made me reevaluate some aspects of life at home.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don’t take too many clothes you won’t need them and they can be washed. Fill your case with useful stuff for the community like hats, flip flops, football shirts (the children love them), socks, bubbles, books for schools. Take you favourite coffee/tea or whatever your favourite spread or biscuits are.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I do feel we made a difference to some people. We gave a water tank to a school which will improve life for many children and teachers, spent time with the leprosy community where we found they needed more food and medicine which GoMad will help to provide. Many other small but significant acts which go to improve lives.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Pretty life changing and would recommend.

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