ENVIRONMENT AND AMP; HEALTH SUSTAINABILITY
- The project:Environmental sustainability is a project which has been implemented around this area for the past three years. The community is sharing boarder with the forest around Mount Kilimanjaro and there is a big dependency on this important conserved forest. Majority of the communities living around the sloops are usually work in agriculture growing mostly coffee, bananas and other food crops. A big number of families still have traditionally cooked their meals on the ground in the house over an open flame. As a traditional house usually has only one room, the whole house is filled with smoke before and after meals. The smoke is thick and stays in the house as only a little hole in the roof allows for ventilation.As a result, acute respiratory and eye diseases are a significant problem for women and children. Additionally, this traditional form of cooking requires large amounts of firewood, which puts pressure on the Mount Kilimanjaro forest and is thus a major contributor to climate change. This project is therefore working towards initiatives to reduce pressure to the forest through promotion of healthy and energy serve stoves.
- Volunteers are expected to engage in the following activities:-UOCommunity Tree nursery: Assisting in establishment and management community tree nursery. This will involve collecting of indigenous trees seeds, medicinal plants and herbs to create a demo plot for educational purpose.UOTree planting: Planting trees along river sides, water sources and community placesUOBuilding and Installation of stoves: - Working with locals to build and install simple energy serves stoves in their households. The stoves will be built in few homes as demonstration for the rest of the community to learn and adopt to their houses. The technology is very simple and volunteers will receive training on how to do it.UOCommunity support: Assist in visiting senior women especial those who have been affected by the old way of cooking and support their home activities. (Home-based care).
- i.Type of accommodation Volunteers will be hosted in communal house in the community. Basic accommodation facilities will be provided. Expect to share room with or other volunteers. There is no beds, however comfortable mattresses will be laid down. Water and electricity will be available.ii.What you should bring for your accommodation (Very important)Blanket/ sleeping bag (It is going to be a bit cold- under the mount Kilimanjaro)Mosquito net, 2 pieces of bed sheet1 Piece of bed cover, Pillow and pillow case if you prefer oneTowels, Mosquito repellent that suits your skiniii.Toiletries: Non-scented items are best because they do not attract insects. Zip-lock bags; Soap and shampoo; Sunscreen; Toothbrush and toothpaste; Comb and /or brush; Nail clippers; For women: sanitary napkins or tampons; For men: razor, shaving cream and blades; iv.Health / Personal First aid kit: Best to store in strong, plastic bag and to keep dry and clean. Small supply of: disinfectant, Band-Aids, gauze and adhesive tape, calamine lotion, insect repellent, throat lozenges, pain killer, anti-acid, extra pair of prescription glasses, if available, and any on-going medication.FOOD:-i.Trying a variety of foods from other cultures is part of the programs philosophy for an authentic experience in Tanzania, and may be both fun and challenging. Food on our projects generally reflects the local cuisine. Some foods that are part of a regular diet at your home country may not be available during the project.ii. Vegetarians are accommodated and veg meals will be available. However volunteers with more specific dietary requirements may need to supplement the included meals at their own expense.iii.Volunteers with food allergies (e.g., nuts) must inform us about the existence and severity of the allergy. iv. Three meals per day are provided to the Volunteers at the accommodation. v.Meals on transit between airports and to/from Project, during tourism/Free time activities or outside designated project area are volunteers responsibility. vi.No reimbursements will be made for volunteers who miss their included meals.vii.We will have permanent support staff to help in the kitchen. However Volunteers are expected to give hand in meals preparations, dish washing, kitchen and dining room cleaning.viii.Clean water will be provided. We will not pay for bottled water if is going to be your preference. Please bring water bottle with you.
- Saturdays, Fridays and Public holidays are considered free time for volunteers to explore what the regions can offer them in term of cultural and natural attractions. Being in Northern Tanzania known as the capital of cultural, natural and tourist attraction you will have a good number of options:-UOCultural and amp; Eco tourism around Chagga communities in Kilimanjaro, Masai in Arusha and the neighbouring regions.UOHiking- there is a possibility of Hiking in Kilimanjaro mountain nature forestUOWild-life safari - Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National parksUOMountain Climbing- (Mount Kilimanjaro, Meru and others.)UOWater side relaxation: Lake Chala, water falls etc.
- UOQualities: Potential volunteer in this project shall the one who is interested in Nature and conservation actions. You need to be a person who want to work outdoor, getting dirty and enjoy touching the soil and be friend with trees and other plants.UOMotivation letter: ML should respond to the following questions; why would you like to participate in this project? (Your main motive), How do you plan to contribute to this project? What do you hope to learn and gain from this experience? How will you make advantage of this experience for the next step in your life?
UVIKIUTA is a Youth development organization established in the year 1983. The organization came to its existence a respond to the challenges facing today´┐Żs´┐Ż young people socially and economically. UVIKIUTA is working towards improving the living standards of the youths by facilitating them to be self employed, having permanent shelters, getting income, improving education and skill so as to be self reliance. UVIKIUTA activities are categorized under income generation, Eco village development and Development education. More details about these programs can found in the UVIKIUTA main website. International Volunteer Projects: For the last fifteen years UVIKIUTA has been involved in these projects which have been very famous as International workcamps, Medium and long term volunteer programs and community services. International volunteer projects are activities which involves individuals and groups of people who volunteer and live together on a project which has been identified by a local community or a project working with that community. This is a personal-building experience, a journey not only through the geography of our planet, but also a Journey through the several cultures of our world, a self-discovering journey. The program aim at bringing together people from different cultures and backgrounds, promoting through practical actions, mutual understanding and lasting peace. International volunteers´┐Ż projects are a practical tool to demonstrate that living, working together and sharing knowledge is not only possible but rewarding. In the International Volunteer projects we see the possibility of people to exchange experiences, learn more about other social, cultural, political and living conditions. Program Philosophy: International volunteer projects seek to provide an experience that connects service, culture, professional and personal growth. While the service we offer does improve the quality of life for others, it is equally important as a time to reflect on our own lives. The significance of what we do is more than social charity; it is an encounter with real people in the real world. Projects go beyond the familiar road of commercial society, taking us outside of our comforts so that we can spend our time in someone else's shoes. By working with people in various cultures, we learn to recognize the world we all share. We realize that our lives are interconnected and that our stories have common threads. We hope that by serving others you will discover you and better understand your own values and responsibilities as global citizen. What to Expect in International volunteer Projects: Volunteer projects are organized in very simple but comfortable enough. While most projects are not extreme difficult, positive attitudes, flexibility, and openness to new experiences are essential for every volunteer. The groups who have the best time at the projects are those who can most successfully adapt to their surroundings. Although the projects and living conditions are different for each project, they all share some basic universals. You can expect to eat, to sleep, to shower, do useful things in the community through volunteering, to play, and most importantly, to have fun! At the project you'll get to meet and volunteer with lots of people from the community and from all over the world and cultivate friendships that last much longer than just the time you will be there. Website: www.uvikiuta.org (Under construction)
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