When we work together, we can achieve anything
It could not be easier to take an active role in supporting the work we do in Babati. Why not raise money through a personal challenge and help those who face the challenges of hardship each day? We work with experienced trekking event organisers who provide support and guidance to all participants.
Charity Challenge is the world's leading fundraising challenge operator, offering excellent responsible travel policies and practices, and having raised over £40m for charities in the process.
Their portfolio even includes the chance to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro - the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
The Peak District Challenge is only open to a handful of charities, and LTT is proud to be one of those privileged few.
Depending on how ambitious you want to be, you can choose from four possible walks: 25 km in 9 hours, 50 km in 12 hours, 75 km in 24 hours or 100 km in 24 hours.
Whichever you choose, your walk will take you across the rugged and stunningly beautiful Peak District, with 'pit stops' along to way to keep you nourished. So whatever your ability, this challenge is a great day out for a very worthy cause.
Action Challenge takes individuals and teams on adventurous challenges in the UK, Europe and Worldwide, including the Thames Path Challenge and the London to Brighton 24-Hour Walk. The organisation is also renowned for its excellent responsible travel policies and practices.
Volunteering with LTT
Volunteer opportunities with the Livingstone Tanzania Trust are available to school groups and other teams of people. Each group is asked to fundraise for a particular project, which they will then get involved with when they come out to Babati.
We follow ethical volunteering guidelines, meaning that:
- Volunteers work alongside local builders, never instead of them
- Each project is part of a long-term development programme and is wanted by the community
- Volunteers live in and engage with the community
- Schools never have more than two teams in one year
- LTT works exclusively with Inspire Worldwide, an ethical and professional social enterprise which organises tailor-made volunteer trips for groups
- Volunteers receive full briefings and training before leaving for Tanzania and again on arrival - including Swahili lessons, cultural awareness, risks, what to pack, and classes on poverty and development, fundraising, leadership and team building
- Trips are led by experienced and qualified leaders who provide group leadership and guidance
- Each volunteer is required to sign a copy of our Volunteer Charter, outlining the responsibilities they agree to prior to coming to Tanzania.
"Having had some experience of organising international expeditions for sixth form students and of working with many charity providers over the years, I feel privileged to have partnered your charity for many reasons.
Firstly, I liked very much the “micro” nature of your organisation. By focusing on one district it was possible to see at first hand the direct impact the work and donations of our students was having. This was in evidenced physically by having a hand in building the kitchen, re-decorating the classrooms and constructing the market garden, but it was most obviously apparent through the testimony of the Tanzanian students, teachers and village elders who we met and who felt empowered by the LTT’s ethos.
This was further enhanced through our interactions with your staff. This meant that our party felt valued and intimately involved with your organisation and that you valued our participation in your social enterprise.
I was also greatly impressed by the collective and mutually responsible ethos that underpins the work of the LTT. The fact that Tanzanian community organisations have to exhibit a social and fiscal contribution to the projects you undertake and are – to some extent – held accountable for the legacy your works provide, gives the work you do a healthy chance of having an impact over generations rather than just in the short term. Everything felt very well thought out and strategic which I feel is a legacy of the fifteen year commitment you have demonstrated to that part of Tanzania. In short, LTT feels “rooted” within the community you serve.
It is very important that, when sixth form students engage in expeditions of this nature, they come away inspired and enriched as a result of their experiences. Equally, I was very mindful that they should not “patronise” the communities they visit. The model you have where students are embedded in the community, and work alongside local craftspeople, managers, teachers, students and artisans allows for a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship to evolve. I am in no doubt that a number of our students will either revisit Tanzania, come back on our next expedition as leaders, or seek to work with the LTT in the future. This is obviously a direct consequence of the enriching experiences they have had working with you.
As a final point, I would like the highlight the working relationship you have with “Inspire” as one that, again, I was impressed with. As an organisation they provided wonderful leaders and logistically organised a safe and thoroughly risk-assessed trip."
Richard Clements - Assistant head teacher – Grey Court School
“Working with the Livingstone Tanzania Trust gives a real insight into development in rural Africa. The charity works with people in an innovative and responsible way, supporting community initiatives and encouraging self help. As a micro charity, every effort is made to account for all resources. As a charity partner their commitment to an ethical and sustainable programme is both inspirational and intelligent. I have worked with LTT for two projects (2011, 2013), and both have been amazingly positive experiences for everyone concerned. This is in no small part to the leadership of the charity and the relationship they have with the people of Babati.”
— Patrick Glavin, Head of 6th Form, St Dunstan's College
“A massive thank you to you all - we had an absolutely amazing time thanks to all your efforts.... seeing all the students grow so much during the trip and the peace of mind of having such a great team of people looking after us.... I can safely say it’s the best school trip I have ever done and I cannot wait to work with you again. Thank you so much.”
— Helen Richards, Teacher, Portland Place School.Tanzania 2013