This summer I spent 2 months volunteering with a Tanzanian NGO called Envirocare. The project involved visiting 21 schools throughout the Songwe Region in the Westernmost corner of Tanzania.
The project had two main aspects, Environmental Education and Tree planting. We taught at 21 Primary and Secondary schools, with lessons focusing on the importance of trees, deforestation, climate change and agroforestry. Once lessons were over, the school children were taught how to create, plant and maintain a tree nursery we established in their school.
In two months, once the dry season is over and the seedlings have grown, an estimated 5 million trees will be planted by the schools visited, helping alleviate the pressures of deforestation that are pervasive throughout Tanzania, along with all the benefits and amenities that trees provide.
A young male Elephant in Mikumi National Park
Baobab Trees found throughout Tanzania. Known as the ‘Tree of Life’. Valuable for its edible fruit, source of water and medicinal properties
Sunset in Mikumi National Park
The Arid and dry plains of MPemba, where we volunteered for 2 months
Two school boys from Oswe Boys Secondary watering their schools tree nursery
Ipunga Secondary’s Poly-ethene Tree Nursery
All smiles after our Environmental Lesson at Ipunga Secondary School
Chris, head of Envirocare, helping prepare a bare-root tree nursery at Oswe Girls Secondary School
Teaching at Katete Secondary School
The road to Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa)
Stars seen from our home in MPemba, Tunduma during a power cut
We broke down, a lot
End of Project, meeting Tunduma’s Regional Planting officer and visiting their tree nursery
Post- Project visit to Zanzibar. Traditional fishing boats seen in Paje
Some RnR in the form of Kitesurfing in Paje, Zanzibar