GFT Welcome to Green Foundation Trust


The Green Foundation Trust is a grass roots organisation established in 2004 by a dedicated family living on Mount Meru’s slopes, just a few kilometres east of Arusha. As an integral part of the local community we believe that it is through education and the well-informed hard working efforts of individuals, both local and from abroad, that we can work together to improve substantially the rural standard of living in northern Tanzania.


By putting such ideas into action we have been, amongst other projects, striving to conserve the environment through tree planting; providing valuable work life skills to women’s groups; and continuing to assist local economies and to promote a wider understanding of the threats facing rural communities, through our TTB award-winning cultural tourism programmes. By joining the fight against such menaces as ignorance, illegal logging and deforestation, we aim to create a better environment for future generations to use and enjoy. We hope that you will join us in this fight.


Our volunteer programmes have been assisting the Arusha region particularly in the Meru and the Maasai communities, in the following areas:


• Tree planting projects with women’s groups

• Teaching in nursery and primary schools

• HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programmes

• Caring for children at Orphan Centres

• Providing labour to community development projects

• Assisting local communities in starting their own cultural tourism



By participating in our programmes volunteers provide the essential funding needed for new project resources, vocational training facilities as well as the invaluable manpower for our outreach programmes in the region.

Our Philosophy

"If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you will feed him for his life lime. We provide a hand up rather than a hand out".




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Gladness Pallangyo Chairperson is a retired primary school teacher. She has been working as a small scale farmer in Tengeru and is a member of the Patandi women’s group. She is also chairperson of the Tanzania Association of Milk Producers in the Arusha and Manyara regions.



Lema Obeid Pallangyo Treasurer is an expert on fauna and flora. He worked with tourism in the northern part of Tanzania for four years, and for the last two years has been coordinating a volunteer programme in Arusha.

"We will continue to strive to bring changes to our environment and the community. By each making small sacrifices we ourselves, working hand in hand, can be the source of these changes"


Why pay to volunteer?

All short term volunteer programmes have a programme fee which covers the expenses of operating the programme. Below is an excerpt from a book on international volunteering that helps to explain the necessity of a fee.


How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas by Joseph Collins, Stefano Dezerega and Zahara Heckscher, published by Penguin Putnan, Inc., 2002.


Prospective volunteers are surprised to learn that many programs  charge their volunteers a fee to participate. At first this can seem ridiculous - why should you pay money to work for free? Aren’t you already forgoing income you could be making? Here are a few things to keep in mind while trying to understand why the vast majority of programs charge volunteer fees. Readmore


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Arusha – Tanzania


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