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Tanzania Wildlife Conservation Adventure

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Tanzania Wildlife Conservation Adventure

Survey and monitor threatened species in this rich mosaic of untouched habitat on Mafia Island, and educate the local communities on environmentally friendly activities.

Prices from US$295

 

The Frontier Field camp is located in a stunning part of Tanzania on Mafia Island. Surrounded by lush mangrove forests, coconut plantations and unique ecosystems which straddle water and land you will be living and working from a picturesque and simple camp a short walk from the beach. Your residence is a basic affair near the village of Utende with communal sleeping in a thatched banda, an open kitchen and friendly neighbours in the form of local wildlife.

We are working in this area to help local communities and animals to live in harmony so that their livelihoods can be improved whilst enabling wildlife to continue to use the habitat that remains intact.

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Conservation efforts are key to the survival of a vast array of declining species. As a result it is vital that we equip future generations with the skills and knowledge required to preserve not only the larger more charismatic animals but also the smaller inhabitants of the area. Through the practical application of a series of surveying and monitoring techniques we aim to provide a basis of understanding that will enable you to pursue a career in conservation or simply introduce you to the broader conservation issues facing our most threatened species.

Much of Africa’s wildlife is under threat and as habitats shrink and human environments grow there can only be more frequent contact between wildlife and local people. This can cause conflict which has a negative impact on both the wildlife and villagers. Our project is working closely with local villagers to find a way to address this issue and to allow wildlife and people to share the land and its resources.

As part of your training on this valuable and exciting project you will have the opportunity to handle a number of interesting amphibians, birds and small mammals. You might also be interviewing local villagers or teaching at local education days about the conservation value of the species found on Mafia Island. As you develop an eclectic range of surveying & monitoring techniques and how to work with local communities you will be helping to conserve the remaining habitat and the animals it supports and also to ensure that local communities are closely involved in conservation activities. Mafia Island has had little previous scientific exploration as a result of which the work that you will be a part of conducting will go towards increasing the species lists for the island and reducing the knowledge gaps that exist for species across Tanzania and Africa.

The work you carry out will be rewarding and exciting and hugely beneficial to Mafia Island Marine Park's conservation efforts, as well as being amazing fun! At the end of the day you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped to save this precious island wilderness protecting it for future generations.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain skills and knowledge required for a sure start in a conservation career
  • Help to monitor & conserve African wildlife
  • Work closely with local villagers
  • Live on the stunning Mafia Island
  • Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Mafia Island, Tanzania
Activities Pit fall trapping
Small mammal trapping
Transects
Point counts
Butterfly trapping and sweep netting
Socio-economic surveys
Set up survey sites
GPS training and compass work
Transport

Airport pick and first night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam can be arranged at extra cost (£40/$60) (optional) 
Airport pick up from Mafia Island Airport 
Transfer to camp from Mafia Island Airport (£4/$6)

Accommodation Communal camp near to the beach

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
In-country

Camp accommodation near the beach
3 meals per day provided on project sites, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday
Airport pickup in Dar es Salaam and transfer to hostel (extra cost US$22/$20)
First night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam (extra cost US$22/$20) 
Transfer to airport for connection flight to the island (extra cost US$22/$20)

Airport pickup from Mafia Island Airport and transfer to camp (extra cost US$7/$6) 
Local orientation
Project training
Project equipment & materials
24 hour in country & international HQ emergency support & back-up
Vocational qualification diploma or certificate in Tropical Habitat Conservation available
Free marine park & reserve entrance fees & research permits if applicable
CoPE qualification available

Accommodation upgrade available in local lodge (extra cost applies)

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The Frontier-Tanzania Wildlife Project is an African conservation and community development initiative which aims to gather scientifically valid information to help local villagers and government bodies plan their conservation and development activities. By surveying habitats, wildlife and local livelihoods in the area the project has helped establish plans to protect precious species while at the same time encouraging community development strategies that address local needs. Working closely with local villagers we are also helping to ensure that they play a central role in this process. You will be adding to the species list for Mafia Island, as it is previously unexplored.

The main focus of your time at the Frontier Tanzania Wildlife Project will be learning a variety of techniques required effectively to monitor local biodiversity. This includes conducting a range of wildlife and socio economic surveys to help gather the management data required. We utilise a multitude of trapping techniques allowing you to get up close and personal with stunning frogs, birds and maybe the occasional monkey!

You will be living in the heart of the local community on a small camp situated close to the beach. You will be surveying the wildlife and in and around the village of Utende and you may even get the chance to do some surveys inside the small remaining coastal forest on the island. You may also be involved in conservation awareness days at local schools.

If this is your first time doing field research and conservation work, don't worry! It will only take a short while for you to feel totally at home on camp and confident with your grasp of the scientific techniques. The work is intense and challenging but you'll get immense satisfaction from living and working on the island and from having made a valuable contribution to the conservation of this important ecosystem and the livelihoods of the people who live there. You will return home with the new friends you have made and a wealth of incredible memories, photos and videos from this experience of a lifetime!

You'll find your team to be young, fun and dynamic comprising a mix of ages and experiences, with members who all share a passion for travelling in developing countries and saving endangered wildlife and habitats. Your staff will be young, friendly individuals who are highly experienced in their field some of whom may have volunteered with Frontier at the start of their careers.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

We can arrange an airport pick up for you at Dar es Salaam Airport and a local private driver will escort you to a local hostel where you can spend your first night relaxing and recovering from your journey. These costs are extra and you can pay our representative US$68/$60 directly. The following day our rep will return you to the airport in time for your internal flight on the eight seater light aircraft to Mafia Island. Please ensure you book your flight well in advance. Once on Mafia Island you will be met by Frontier staff at the airport on Mafia and transferred by bus or tuk tuk to the marine and terrestrial conservation project camp site at Utende. We can provide you with detailed instructions on how to reach the Mafia Island camp if travelling independently.

It is possible to reach Mafia Island by ferry but sailing times can be very unpredictable. If you choose not to fly you will need to travel via the port town of Nyamasati, 90 km south of Dar, from where you will travel by ferry, approximately a 6-hour trip, to the small harbour town of Kilindoni on the western side of Mafia Island. Once on the island you will be met by the Frontier forest and marine field staff at Kilindoni.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the project you'll live on camp in the village of Utende on the east coast of Mafia Island where you will have an authentic and memorable living experience. The Frontier camp was constructed by local craftsmen using traditional building techniques and local  materials. 

Camp life is very simple, unsophisticated and fun. You will be staying in communal bandas, being huts made from makuti (woven palm leaves), poles and mud, and sleeping on beds constructed from sustainably harvested wooden poles, your "shower" will be a jug or a bucket of water and you cook over an open campfire, so prepare for the basic, unencumbered lifestyle!

As well as the survey and conservation work you may help with the community outreach and environmental awareness work in the local villages, scientific data entry and daily camp maintenance, taking turns to cook, tidy and clean the camp, collect water and help with a wide variety of other essential camp duties.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Camp food is simple and nutritious and consists largely of rice, vegetables and beans all of which are purchased locally in order to help support the local economy. Daily variations include pumpkin, cabbage, spinach, sweet potato and even the occasional pasta dish! You will learn how to cook fresh bread on an open fire which is eaten for breakfast. Luxuries such as peanut butter, jam and nutella can be purchased in the nearby town Kilindoni. Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking, so get your cookbooks out now and start practicing!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Frontier-Tanzania camp is fun and in your spare time you'll have opportunities to swim and snorkel, play football against the unbeatable local side or try out beach volleyball. Alternatively you may enjoy a traditional Saturday night themed camp party, play poker, chess or backgammon or join in a camp quiz night. After a long hard day of being out in the field hiking, exploring and surveying you may prefer to relax with a drink and sway in the camp hammock, or sit and chat to your new friends under a sky lit up by millions of stars.

Tanzania offers a massive range of adventure and cultural activities for you to enjoy after your Frontier project. Visit game reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and forest reserves. Experience a traditional African safari and game drive, visit the exotic island of Zanzibar, climb Kilimanjaro, snorkel or learn to scuba dive by taking a PADI dive course. We encourage you to book these extra activities direct with local providers thereby making more of a contribution to the local economy.

Dive courses run monthly commencing on the first monday of the month

  • Single Day Snorkelling US$17
  • Single Day Dive US$42
  • Double Dive US$85
  • 4-dive package US$170
  • 10-dive package US$340

COURSES*

  • Discover Scuba Diving US$110
  • Open Water Dive Course US$782
  • Advanced Open Water US$620
  • Emergency First Responder US$221
  • Rescue Diver US$595
  • Dive Master US$1,275 (PADI professional membership fees not included)

*Medical certificate is mandatory for participation in dive courses

RENTAL EQUIPMENT (Prices per day)

  • Jacket/BCD US$8
  • Regs US$8
  • Wetsuit US$8
  • Mask/Snorkel US$5
  • Fins US$5

Modern conveniences

Mafia Island

  • Boat rental
  • Fishing
  • Hostels / hotels
  • Internet available at local bars
  • Post office
  • Souvenir shops
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants

Kilindoni - 20-30 minute Tuk Tuk ride away at own cost

  • Grocery Stores
  • Medical clinic
  • Phone shops
  • Traditional markets

Dar es Salaam - 45 minute flight at own cost

  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Banks / ATMs; National Microfinance Bank, Standard Chartered, Barclays, National Bank of Commerce, Stanbic
  • Bars / clubs
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist/li>
  • Department store
  • Hairdresser
  • Hospital
  • Hostels / hotels
  • International Embassies and Consulates
  • Internet cafes
  • Local style restaurants
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

COSTS

1 week US$1,295

2 weeks US$1,595

3 weeks US$1,945

4 weeks US$2,295

5 weeks US$2,545

6 weeks US$2,795

7 weeks US$2,995

8 weeks US$3,245

10 weeks US$3,645

20 weeks US$5,195

Extra week US$345

Christmas Week US$295

 

DEPARTURE DATES

First and third Monday of the month. 

Alternative dates available on request.

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 1 week

CHRISTMAS OFFER

This project is available for the special price of US$255 per week over the Christmas period.  Placements starting on the 24th or 31st of December 2018 are eligible for this price, subject to availability.  Please apply using the orange button below and then tell your volunteer advisor that you wish to take part over Christmas.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

In-country

  • Camp accommodation near the beach
  • 3 meals per day provided on project sites, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday
  • Airport pickup in Dar es Salaam and transfer to hostel (extra cost applies ~US$22/$20
  • First night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam (extra cost applies)  ~US$22/$20
  • Transfer to airport for connecting flight to the island (extra cost applies) ~US$22/$20
  • Airport pickup from Mafia Island Airport and transfer to camp (extra cost US$7/$6)
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Project equipment & materials
  • 24-hour in-country & international HQ emergency support & back-up
  • Free marine park & reserve entrance fees & research permits if applicable
  • CoPE qualification available
  • Accommodation upgrade available in local lodge (extra cost applies)

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Mafia Island (MFA)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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