A Raleigh expedition is made up of three phases: Community, Environment and Adventure. Volunteers on a ten week expedition get a chance to take part in all 3 phases, 2 phases on a seven week expedition and a community or environment project plus a shorter adventure phase on a 5 week expedition.
New elements to the adventure phase
We have added a new element to the adventure phase of the expedition. From October, in addition to trekking through the beautiful Southern Highlands of Tanzania, volunteers will be able to visit the Ruaha national park.
Vanessa Targett, Country Operations Manager for Expedition in Tanzania says: “Ruaha represents one of Tanzania’s most biologically rich and ecologically important regions. It has a high diversity of plants and animals including elephants, buffalos, antelopes and some rare and endangered species such as wild dogs. It contains one of the largest elephant populations in the African continent.”
This is an amazing chance to learn about conservation issues and see some of Tanzania’s incredible wildlife first hand. Tanzania has the largest concentration of wildlife animals per square kilometre in the world!
Volunteers develop their leadership and team work skills whilst trekking through remote and diverse terrain. The groups are self-sufficient, carrying everything they need, , learning camp-craft survival skills and sleeping under the stars. With the support of a local Tanzanian guide and Volunteer Managers, the group learn about local wildlife and issues facing the local communities . The groups will make memories for life.
New for 2016: Environment project
Expedition volunteers will also have the opportunity to work on a new environmental project. Teams will focus on helping with reforestation. Deforestation and drought have become a large problem throughout parts of Tanzania. Volunteers will contribute tackling this through tree nurseries and tree planting, and maintaining fire breaks designed to prevent the rapid spread of fire and destruction of Tanzania’s precious forests. As well as planting trees, volunteers will work with local communities to raise awareness on this important issue.
What else will volunteers be doing?
On the community phase, volunteers will live and work alongside rural Tanzanians . They will be working to improve the community members’ lives. Currently these projects are working on improving school water, sanitation and hygiene access. Volunteers could be creating hygiene sessions within local schools or building gender specific toilet blocks. These toilet blocks will improve school attendance and achievement for young girls.
When can volunteers experience these new elements?
These new elements will be implemented in time for our expeditions leaving in October:
7th October to 15th December (10 weeks)
7th October to 24th November (7 weeks)
30th October to 15th December (7 weeks)
The deadline for applications for the first two expeditions is Wednesday 22 June. It is earlier than some of our other autumn application dates as Tanzania has recently changed its visa process. If you would like to volunteer in this stunning country, apply now.