About the local hosting organizationIn the society where we live today, differences of opinions, tastes, believe, other social and cultural norms between older and younger generations are obvious. To date due to technology and globalization the gaps has been even wider leading to serious issues like discrimination, loosing social values and traditional education, connection to the nature among many others. This project is aiming to explore, understand, challenge and act on the cross-generational issues leading to enhancing peace, solidarity and sustainable development. The project is implemented and involving education institutions, faith-based organizations; Elders, Youth and women groups in the community.
About the volunteer workVolunteers will participate in a number of activities in the community including; Walking and exploration of indigenous communities living on the sloops of Mount Kilimanjaro National park. (Introduction to issues around globalization, environment and tourism and its impact on local economy and cultures); Intensive Kiswahili Language study, arts and music; Home stay and cultural experience (Be a grandchild, child, sister or brother), Working with elders, orphans and vulnerable children (storytelling, excursions, sports and community gatherings events,, hygiene and cleaning, provide support on their daily activities) to make them feeling valued, included and supported. Educational tours to various destinations related to the project theme, Workshops, debates and other social events involving various generations of the community will be organized. Topics for discussion will include rites of passage, modern & traditional religion and its impact on social and economic aspects of the community. Volunteers are encouraged to study the topic in advance in their own local context and bring information for sharing.
Local accommodationVolunteers will share simple rooms at the communal house in the community. Running water and electricity will be available. The accommodation facility is located in a very strategic point where you can view the highest Mountain in Africa Mt.Kilimanjaro. AI kitchen volunteer will be available to provide help and manage the kitchen. Meals are mostly organic both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
About the project locationLocation of the Project Mwika is a fast grown community located in the sloops of Mt. Kilimanjaro and along the high way from Moshi town to Tarakea boarder. The community is featured by various schools, University, Open local market among many other facilities. Majority of the community members are engaged in coffee and Banana farming, dairy farming and business. Mwika is located about 45km from the town center (Moshi) and accessible by private and public transport. Free time activities Possibilities are hiking to Kilimanjaro gate, eco and cultural tourism in Chagga and Masai communities, Swimming & Relaxing at Lake Chala and Wildlife safari. (Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National parks). There is also variety of eco-cultural tourism activities in the area.
Extra info about the projectWe are non-profit organization with no funding from either International voluntary Projects, The State or from the local authorities. In this regard volunteers are requested to contribute a participation fee of €250 (EURO) to be paid in Cash on arrival. This fee does cover the cost of airport pickups on arrival, orientation on arrival, food and accommodation during the project, project materials and other resources when needed and general running cost of the program. However participation fee does not cover the cost of medical/health services, all types of insurances, relevant Visas or permits, airport drop off etc.