Natural Seawall

Court terme (1 à 3 semaines)

Uzi-Island - Tanzanie


  • Chantier International
  • 13-01-2019 - 26-01-2019
  • 6 volontaires
  • Adulte  |  18-99 ans
  • 250 EUR de frais de participation Frais de participation qui reviennent directement à l'organisme d'accueil du projet et qui comprennent les frais d'hébergement, de nourriture et de coordination du projet.
  • Code projet: UV.A-1901


Sea wall is a form of coastal defense constructed where the sea, and associated coastal processes, impact directly upon the landforms of the coast. The major reason is to protect areas of human habitation, conservation and leisure activities from the action of tides, waves or tsunamis. This project is focusing not on man-made seawall but the natural seawall that is built naturally by mangrove forests along the sea show. Mangrove trees that are expected to stretch along Coastal lines are important as animal habitats and natural seawalls. However despite this reality Mangrove forest are among the most threatened habitats in various countries. These trees may be disappearing quickly than other inland forests than expected. Experts are informing us that, the outcome of disappearing of mangrove will result to Fisheries declines, Threats to migratory bird species, Degradation of Clean water supplies, Salinization of coastal soils, Erosion and land subsidence. Some of the impact mentioned has started to be visible threatening sustainability of Islands, people and the rest of the eco system. This project is organized to respond to these challenge hence contribute to the ecological sustainability.



UVIKIUTA is a vibrant Tanzanian youth development organization established in 1983 under the patronage of the late Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, First President of the United Republic of Tanzania. UVIKIUTA came into existence in response to a government call for all unemployed youth to form economic groups through the then famous policy known as “Nguvu kazi”, which responded to the needs of young men and women to raise their living standards. It helped establish youth settlements and self-help projects to provide income, employment, and permanent shelters.


As a volunteer on natural seawall project you will be expected to:- Help out with tasks to assist reforestation including collecting mangrove seeds and assisting in planting along the sea show. Help out with restoring and/or improving biodiversity of the Uzi island by planting indigenous plants Participate in Organisation of actions that will allow community members to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. This will develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions. Participate in the study part (Educational activities) under the theme: Natural seawalls sustainability: (Be prepared to join as well facilitate some workshops.

Logement & Nourriture

Meals: Three meals will be provide each day at the accommodation. We will have kitchen volunteer responsible in meals preparations, however volunteers be shall also expected to help in meals preparation and dish washing. (Vegetarian meals will be available) Accommodation: At the communal house in the community. Rooms will be shared between 3-4 people, no bed but mattress on the floor (Comfortable enough). Water and electricity will be available. No washing machine available.

Emplacement & Temps libre

Uzi is a small island in the south of Zanzibar’s main island Unguja. Most of the island's 5000 inhabitants are fishermen and farmers. The island is located in the Menai bay conservation area which forms an important ecosystem of mangrove forests, sea grass beds, islands with fresh water forest, coral reefs and a large diversity of plants, land and water animals, including dolphins, African Sea Eagles, and protected marine turtles. The Island is located about 34km south of Zanzibar Stone town. The Island is accessibly public buses. During high tide, Uzi can only be reached by boat. Phone signals and internet are available though sometimes not reliable. The community has a schools, health center and small shops where basic needs can be purchases. In most cases we will be doing big shopping out of Island. Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays are always free for volunteers to take advantage of the richness in natural, cultural and tourist attraction of Zanzibar to explore. Possibilities are: Exploring Zanzibar historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets, stone town, etc. Enjoy wildlife and marine life. Jozani forest National Park, Blue safaris swimming, tour to small islands, variety of water sports, spice tour among many other options. If needed, we can always propose places for you through the companies/ people we know and trust.


Motivation letter: ML should respond to the following questions; why would you like to participate in this project? (Your main motive), How do you plan to contribute to this project? What do you hope to learn and gain from this experience? How will you make advantage of this experience for the “next step” in your life? Interest: Potential volunteer should be the one who loves nature, interest to do manual work, outdoor, ready to learn and adopt to new cultures and living conditions. Please keep in mind that according to Tanzanian law, volunteers who want to do their projects in Tanzania will have to get business visa that costs 250€

Notes Supplémentaires

Nearest International Airport:- Zanzibar International Airport Pick up service: On arrival in Tanzania, you will be picked up by UVIKIUTA staff/volunteer, or Transport service provider agent. Provide your travel information at least seven working days before the project start to allow time to manage all logistics to welcome you to Tanzania. Please be advised that, we can only provide pick services from the following points:- Zanzibar International Airport Zanzibar Ferry Terminal Any other accommodation facility within Zanzibar stone town. You deserve one complementary pick up service- when the second one apply a volunteer is asked to contribute to the transportation cost. Meeting point, date and time: Volunteers will be picked at Kiponda B&B along Kiponda Street, Stone town Zanzibar on the 13th January 2019 at 15:00hrs, Local time. (Please let us know if you can’t be hear on time). If you wish to arrive earlier in Zanzibar and stay in this accommodation before or after the project you can book online and specify that you are one of the UVIKIUTA volunteers.