Conservation Research and Advocacy
Youth In Action Against Poverty - Moshi, Tanzania
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.