Mbwa Wa Africa (Dogs of Africa in Swahili) was launched in 2013. Created due to a need for more adequate animal care and education for the population in and around Arusha, there are always at least 30 dogs (usually half of them are puppies!) and a handful of cats. The shelter consists of a cat kennel, four dog kennels and two quarantine kennels where injured dogs and/or newcomers receive care. Besides the two founders (Sandra and Jens), there are two Tanzanian staff members who care for the dogs. Their plans for the future are to keep expanding by renting an additional site in order to continue providing care for even more dogs as well the ability to perform spaying and neutering in-house.
Besides caring, educating, playing with and walking the dogs, the creativity of the volunteers and interns is not limited. You can be active in marketing and fundraising as well as being involved in the education program they run where you can teach animal welfare to various schools in the area near the shelter. Mbwa Wa Africa works closely with the World Wide Veterinary Service and Mission Rabies and occasionally vaccination and spaying/neutering campaigns are carried out, during which every helping hand is useful. Working hours are discussed individually and volunteers/interns don’t need any prior experience except basic English knowledge, an open mind and heart and a love of animals. You should also not be afraid of dogs or getting a little dirty. Please note that the shelter is located approximately 30km from the volunteer house on the outskirts of Arusha National Park. Due to the distance and transport costs (around €3 a day) it is possible to combine this project with another one. All volunteers and interns should be vaccinated against rabies.
I stayed at Viva Tanzania’s Hostel for four weeks. Tizia and the team welcomed me very heartfully and I directly felt home. I did my volunteer at Mbwa wa Africa which is an animal shelter at the outskirts of Arusha National Park. It was great how happy they are in their new life full of hope. Tizia organized my volunteering project well so that there were no problems. She also showed me the way to the shelter so that I felt safe when driving there on my own. I am glad to met all these nice people at the hostel and we all share beautiful moments. When there were any questions, I just asked the staff and they arranged everything. Tanzania was a great experience I will remember my whole life and its sad that the time here is over now. I can totally recommend Viva. P.S. The food is awesome and there is great international and Tanzanian food. It was also nice partying with Tizia and the other guests. Asante Sana! Chase Ying Yuan, 19, United States of Africa