Environmental Conservation and Awareness
Description: This project has been designed enhance environmental sustainability in answering the needs of preserving the coastal environment of Uzi Island. It has been reported that most of the coastal lines in Tanzania are in danger of erosion, distributed marine life habitats among many other problems as a result of cutting mangrove by local people and heavy force from the river flows. In the past many kinds of fish and shrimps are living there, but now since the condition of the mangrove forest is getting worse, it is quite difficult to find the species anymore. Fisherman also needs to go further to the ocean to fish and it means much work they need to do to earn money. The end results of this project contribute to the preservation of natural diversity, sea shore and marine life habitat.
Type of Work: Participants will be involved in the following outlined activities:-Mangrove trees re-planting; Preparation of fish ponds for fish farms to support community income generation to reduce pressure from the sea and mangrove forest; Support various activities of seaweed farmers with the purpose of creating diversity of economic activities; Language teaching to the Children and young people to enhance their communication skills; renovation and painting of community health center and school. Be flexible since activities will depend on weather and number of volunteers enrolled.
Study Theme: Participants of this project will have an opportunity to experience life with local community members in Uzi Island. Various Discussions and educational visits will be organized involving participants of the project, community members and visited places. The major topic will be Coastal Environmental Conservation. Please bring information from your home community for sharing.
Accommodation: Participants will be accommodated in the communal house located in the host community. Clean water and electricity will be available. Pay attention on the information sheet for things to bring with you. We will share rooms with mattresses on the ground.
Language: The official languages of this project are English and Kiswahili. You do not have to be fluent.
Requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required; however a potential Participant for this project should be open minded, interested in Nature, outdoor activities and hand-on activities.
Approximate Location: Uzi Island is among small islands of Zanzibar. The landscape of the Island is such attracting from it vegetation including coconut palms, mango trees and banana plantations. Uzi Island is also known as conserved area and is an ecological system with sea weed, corals and a big variation of plants, and sea- and land animals. The Island is located about 30km from Zanzibar stone town.
Notes: Note: For now, Tanzanian authorities require volunteers to get a business visa.