Nature tourism is an important bridge between caring for our environment & our communities.
By creating, restoring and promoting Tanzanian livelihoods that depend on healthy habitats and wildlife, 'environment' takes on inseparable human dimensions. People reconnect with the world from many different perspectives.
- Promote sustainability and appreciation of nature.
- Connect students to the environment in a meaningful way using an experience-based, outdoor learning approach relevant to cultural contexts.
- By reconnecting people to the land, habitats become part of lives and are worth more intact, increasing environmental management incentives.
When people think of Africa, the classic images that come to mind are herds of elephants gathering around a waterhole, thick trunked baobab trees illuminated by warm sunrises, a lone giraffe reaching up into the leaves of an umbrella tree, and herds of impala being followed by hungry lions.
This is the image of Tanzania - home to iconic tourist destinations such as the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro and Ruaha National Park. Tanzania has some of the most unique wildlife in the world. It also has complex and challenging environmental management issues.
HOW WE HELP...
- Encourage greater Tanzanian ownership and representation in environmental jobs and projects, including not-for-profit positions & education roles.
- Bring together the social & ecological benefits of nature tourism by sending highly skilled guides with both intrinsic & practical values for nature & wildlife into the tourism industry.
- Planting seeds of positive environmental and wildlife values for the benefit of future generations and Tanzania.
- Opportunities & hope for young people who may not be able to access training & find jobs, reducing the pressures of poverty in their communities.
- Students provide community mentoring and volunteer services such as clean up days and tree planting through Mkuyu programs.
- Inspire local communities by placing students into jobs that demonstrate care for wildlife & the environment.
- Through Tanzanian ownership and representation in nature tourism, wildlife become important participants in Tanzanian futures, increasing incentives for communities to participate in conservation.
- Students share their value of wildlife with others, increasing understanding & awareness.
- Add to Tanzanian voices speaking on behalf of Tanzanian wildlife.
Mkuyu Guiding School - encouraging environmentally conscious safari guides and tourism workers.
- Practical vocational training for Tanzanian youth that is available to all.
- Preparing multi-skilled students who will have more employment & career progress opportunities.
- Equal opportunities for training regardless of social, educational, or economic circumstances.
- Student peer support & mentoring to build confidence.
- Ongoing support into and beyond employment.
- Teach the social & ecological importance of wildlife and environment.
-Prepare students for their role as environmental educators within their communities and beyond.
- Students provide & receive environmental education through Mkuyu programs.
- Additional skills training in areas such as indigenous knowledge, language and modern technology.