Conservation Volunteer Tanzania
Opportunities for a conservation volunteer in Tanzania is heavily focused on education. Many of these placements involve teaching communities about conservation and exchanging knowledge on the subject. Tanzania possesses some of the most incredible wildlife parks in the world, which makes conservation an especially important subject for education.
A conservation volunteer who would best contribute and participate in conservation opportunities in Tanzania should feel confident in their presentations as well as interpersonal and speaking skills. A background in environmental studies would be beneficial, but not necessarily imperative if the conservation volunteer is passionate about issues concerning the environment and has educated him or herself on the subject.
Many conservation volunteering placements will be in public schools. For this reason, the volunteer should be comfortable working with children. In addition to teaching, the volunteer should also be open to interactions and an exchange of ideas. For a conservation volunteer working with children, it is also a good idea to prepare fun, educational games.
Any conservation volunteer in Tanzania will be offered the 7 day orientation program with BaseCamp, that includes 20 hours of Swahili language lessons. These lessons will help to equip a conservation volunteer with the skills to communicate more effectively not only with the children but the general community as well, thus greatly enhancing the volunteer's value at the placement and broadening the volunteer's overall experience. If a volunteer wishes to have a more extensive Swahili language course it can be taken at BaseCamp, in Tanzania or another alternative is to take language training prior to arrival date in your host country.
- Airport reception and transfer
- 7 Day orientation
- 5 Day survival language course
- Placement connection
- Pre-departure support
- 24-7 emergency support
- Return to airport
- International flights
- Medical & cancellation insurance
- Visa to enter country
- Work permit (only Tanzania)
- Local transport to placement
- Placement supplies if required
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While most visas and tourist permits cost between 10 to 60 USD, the Tanzanian government has raised the cost of their Class C Tourist Permit (which is the visa required for volunteers in Tanzania) to 550 USD. This fee does not include the tourist permit issued at the airport on arrival which costs 50 USD for most nationalities. (Please check with the consulate to ensure that you are aware of the costs and restrictions for citizens of your country).
This expense is not included in the cost of the program so volunteers going to Tanzania will need to prepare for this significant additional expense.