International organisation seeks hardy volunteers for a unique project to bring water to the Maasai people of Tanzania

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Projects Abroad’s new opportunity offers practical people the chance to work with semi-nomadic communities in the conservation reserve home to over 3 million years of history.

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It’s a unique opportunity for volunteers to work in the reserve which, 3,600,000 years ago, was home to our earliest upright walking, hominid ancestors.

The new year will bring fresh hopes to the Endulen Maasai community living, these days, in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Park. Once entirely nomadic, the Maasai people from the Serengeti area were relocated to Ngorongoro to make way for the wildlife reserve that is now the Serengeti. Now forced to be semi-nomadic, the community has developed a hub around the village of Endulen – but current and future water supply is becoming an urgent issue.

Projects Abroad is responding to the need for fresh water within Endulen by launching a programme to establish a viable, permanent water facility for the community (and in particular for its school).

Programme Advisor David Flaschner says that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – but warns it will be tough: “Our Tanzania water and sanitation project is different to most of our other volunteer projects in Africa and applicants should be aware that conditions will be different. While the Ngorongoro Conservation Park is unique – in that people and wilderness co-exist in harmony together – the location is remote and volunteers may be expected to stay on-site for days at a time.”

The organisation hopes to appeal to people with practical skills such as plumbing, building and labouring. “The range of work is quite diverse but machinery is scarce, so lifting, digging and mixing concrete will have to be done by hand. In addition we will need to make the most of daylight hours – so it’s not a project for the faint hearted,” said David. “Having said that, it’s a unique opportunity for volunteers to work in the reserve which, 3,600,000 years ago, was home to our earliest upright walking, hominid ancestors.”

The plan is to scope out options including establishing boreholes, drilling and the risk of flooding, and the costs associated with pumping, tankage and guttering.

Interested potential volunteers should be available for 3-4 weeks at the beginning of January. For more information on how to get involved, call Projects Abroad on 01903 708 300.

About Projects Abroad
Established in 1992, Projects Abroad is a leading organiser of volunteer projects, work experience and gap year placements. With a flexible approach and experienced in-country staff Projects Abroad has now helped over 50,000 volunteers achieve their goals by working with developing communities in over 30 destinations worldwide.

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