Environmental & Animal Projects

Mbwa Wa Africa

Mbwa wa Africa!

A few information about

The Project

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 40 dogs and a handful of cats.

Some of the dogs are puppies, another large number (over 10 dogs) only have two legs, are paralyzed or have other special needs. The shelter consists of a cat kennel, four dog kennels and two quarantine kennels where injured dogs and/or newcomers receive care. In addition to the two German founders (Sandra and Jens), an animal keeper from Austria and three Tanzanian employees take care of the animals. 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.

dog shelter Viva Tanzania
Mbwa Wa Africa volunteering dogs
Mbwa Wa Africa animal volunteering Tanzania

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Your Work

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 to 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.

Please note: The project requires a donation of 100 US-Dollar for up to four weeks and 25 US-Dollar for every additional week to support different expenses of the dog shelter like food, veterinary bills, staff etc.
This donation is not included in the program fee.

“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

Project price

2 weeks: 500€
3 weeks: 650€
4 weeks: 800€
Every additional week: 150€

Please note: The project requires a donation of 100 US-Dollar for up to four weeks and 25 US-Dollar for every additional week to support different expenses of the dog shelter like food, veterinary bills, staff etc. This donation is not included in the program fee.

Accommodation

You can choose between a single room or four-bed room in the hostel and a host family.

Project length

The minimum stay is two weeks. Due to visa regulations you can spend a maximum of two years as a volunteer in Tanzania.

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Book your place now

Are you interested in the project? Fill out the registration form and we will start planning your stay.
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