Conservation Research and Advocacy

Youth In Action Against Poverty - Moshi, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-774 Location: Moshi, Tanzania Sector: Wildlife and the Environment Category: Conservation Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Youth in Action Against Poverty and HIV/AIDS, (YAAPHA), exists in order to minimize the transmission and impact of HIV/AIDS through capacity building, advocacy, information, education, communication, care and support in the municipality of Moshi.

YAAPHA needs volunteers to work on conservation projects that aim to tackle some of the world’s most significant environmental issues – habitat destruction, wildlife extinction and the seeking of sustainable development for local communities. YAAPHA’s conservation projects are a unique opportunity for volunteers to live in remote areas with spectacular ecosystems and amazing wildlife. The volunteers would be working alongside professionals and other volunteers on adventurous projects that search for practical and sustainable means to reach their goals.

The conservation projects are a national effort; from volunteering in the heart of the Kilimanjaro mountain forest, the rain forest or the wildlife reserves in Ngorongoro, Mahale, Gombe and the Marangu Waterfalls, conservation awareness volunteers get involved in a mixture of physical and scientific work.

Many of the projects have been in existence for 2 years or more; showing significant progress and a commitment to long-term sustainability and community engagement. The programs have an important scientific foundation enabling volunteers to get involved in a range of projects.

For example, two species of bats, new to science, have been discovered in the Kilimanjaro rain forest reserve, while in Marangu, a project run in partnership with the Kilimanjaro National Park Conservation Organization has successfully created a, "Seahorse Breeding Program".

The volunteer conservation programs operate year round in 3 districts in the mainland regions of Tanzania. In the Mwanga and Hai districts in the Kilimanjaro region and the Urambo district in the Tabora region. All are managed by experienced and knowledgeable staff, allowing people from all ages and backgrounds to volunteer.

Volunteers play a vital role in these conservation projects which would not be possible without the constant stream of support, hard work and dedication that environmentally conscious volunteers provide. A conservation awareness volunteer does not need to be a expert in any branch of conservation but should have a passion for working in conservation endeavours, enjoy working outdoors and have a keen sense for adventure.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Plant Trees

A conservation awareness volunteer would work with the local staff when they visit different schools and plant trees on the grounds of these schools. This would include getting the children in their schools to participate and encouraging them to continue on with other conservation projects for their schools.

Tree Nurseries

The organization has their own tree nurseries at their centers and a conservation awareness volunteer would be required to help in these nurseries; be it to help in the care of the trees, maintaining the nursery structures or in the development of new nurseries.

Environmental Awareness

A conservation awareness volunteer would be expected to assist staff in their environmental awareness educational endeavours conducted in different communities and schools. The organization has different methods of providing this awareness according to the community targeted. Many community members destroy the environment due to their lack of knowledge regarding environmental issues.

Soil Erosion Control

YAAPHA works in efforts to prevent soil erosion in farming communities and grazing lands. A conservation awareness volunteer would be expected to work with the staff to educate the local farmers on improved methods of farming techniques that help prevent soil erosion.

Construction of Water Holes

In most dry areas YAAPHA has initiated water hole projects. The construction of these holes are for the use of the people in the local communities. A conservation awareness volunteer would be expected to help with these projects.

Host Organization Details

Youth In Action Against Poverty

The role of Youth In Action Against Poverty and HIV/AIDS (YAAPHA) is to make changes to the community by providing formal and non-formal education, entrepreneurship skills, life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention. They also promote child's rights and advocacy, youth drug abuse and drug abstention, plus support orphans and at risk children with educational expenses, as well as, environment conservation issues.

The core competency of YAAPHA is all about poverty reduction programs among youth, children, people living with HIV/AIDS and the general community population. They also work towards the realization of sustainable development in the community, as well as, contribute to the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals.

YAAPHA exists in order to minimize transmission and impact of HIV/AIDS through capacity building, advocacy, information, education, communication, care and support in the municipality of Moshi.

Their Current Goals Are: Youth HIV/AIDS prevention programs Support for the most vulnerable children, people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans Sensitization on youth drug abuse abstaining Environmental conservation

YAAPHA’s current areas of concentration are in 8 wards of the municipality of Moshi. They are based in the Soweto Ward with a rented office on Lower Soweto Street, but project activities also take place in other wards. The 8 wards have a total population of 55,454.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?


When They Were Founded

YAAPHA was founded in 2010 and registered as a non-profit organization in 2011. YAAPHA was established as a response to the problem of HIV/AIDS infections, drug abuse and the effects of AIDS in their community. They are registered to provide HIV/AIDS prevention and education, counselling, care and support in the municipality of Moshi.

How Are They Funded

At YAAPHA they have their own income generating activities. These include a fine art shop and an agriculture program where they cultivate tomatoes, onions and green peppers.

Donation Requests

Computers - laptops and desktops Projector Printer Photocopier Digital camera School equipment such as - exercise books, pens, pencils, nursery learning supplies Sports equipment - jerseys, balls and whistles Money to support and sponsor orphans and vulnerable children with their school fees, uniforms and shoes

Placement Location Information

Moshi, Tanzania

The Youth in Action Organization has two office buildings at the center. There is one classroom for baby class, as well as one room used to provide counseling for youth seminars. They have most of the office/classroom supplies available in the center.

The centre is located in the Soweto area, a few minutes from Moshi town. This area offers all the services that are available in Moshi city, from internet cafes, restaurants, min supermarkets, small shops and public transports. The area is fairly safe for foreigners to freely move around and live.

Soweto is considered to be the most peaceful and quiet area in Moshi town.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp center walk down to the main road, catch a daladala to the city center and walk to the bus station. When you get there ask for the bus that runs Arusha - Moshi and this ride will take about an hour to get to Moshi town and when you get to Moshi catch another public transport to Soweto area, from there the staff from the organization will meet you and transfer you to the center.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 85 Km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:30

Weather in the Area

Moshi's climate is classified as tropical wet and dry, but due to the altitude the temperatures are often lower than those of the surrounding cities. Nighttime temperatures are fairly consistent year round, hovering around 15 to 17 degrees celsius. October through March sees daytime temperatures over 30 degrees celsius, whereas May through August will reach highs of only 25 to 26 degrees celsius. Moshi sees over 70% of its rainfall from March until May.

City/Village Description

The town of Moshi is located at the base of Mount Kilimanjro, the highest peak in Africa and the worlds highest freestanding mountain. Due to this, much of the tourism in Moshi is generated from those attempting to climb the mountain. Due to the amount of tourists, the central area of Moshi offers easily accessible internet cafes, hotels, call centers as well as shops carrying western amenities.

Moshi also has a large, open-air market known as Kiboriloni, that operates four days a week. The market, which is loosely structured, has been the place to go to get commodities such as clothing, merchandise, fresh food, and household items for decades.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center
TEL 1: +255 27 2754377
TEL 2: +255 2754383

Placement Address

Youth In Action Against Poverty

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Tanzania at our BaseCamp Center in Ngaramtoni - Arusha. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Tanzania and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Tanzania.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Tanzania to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

BaseCamp Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania
BaseCamp Tanzania Address

Nelson Mandela Road
Kijenge Ya Chini Mt. Meru Gas Station
Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania Contact Details

Tel: 255 719 177 084
Mobile: 255 754 683 347

BaseCamp Tanzania is located in the Kijenge area of Arusha. The centre is located just a few minutes from the famous Clock-Tower and many amenities such as banks, internet cafes and international calling centres. You can also find some great local markets selling everything from fresh fruit and fish, to beautiful wooden carvings and amazing East African paintings! Arusha is a comfortable place to live with many of the conveniences of home, while still allowing travellers to experience the African way of life.

BaseCamp Tanzania is set up with a number of dormitory style rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. The house has a large covered balcony on the main floor with a spectacular view! There is also a large common room on the lower level with a small resource centre containing books, magazines, movies, games and other African publications. Outside is a beautiful lawn and garden that overlooks the city and is an ideal setting to catch up on email, review some Swahili or just enjoy a quiet afternoon. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotating schedule of a variety of traditional dishes from around the country. This allows volunteers to try a wide range of Tanzanian dishes and to gain some knowledge of the food served and meal etiquette before living with a host family. For those who stay on in BaseCamp, the 14 day schedule allows for lots of variety.

BaseCamp Tanzania is also the training and orientation centre. Each day volunteers will spend part of the day in lectures or workshops at BaseCamp and part of the day exploring the city and learning how to get around comfortably on their own.

Living With a Host Family in Tanzania

Living with a host family in Tanzania is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Tanzania.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Tanzania

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022
Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022
Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023
Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023
May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023
Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023
Nov 03, 2023 Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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