Peter Feer - (Project Coordinator)
Peter Feer is a third generation native of Tanzania, born and raised in Arusha. Peter received his degree in Community Development at Daystar University, in Nairobi, Kenya. The opportunity of his education prepared him to participate in a wide range of development projects in and around Arusha. Volunteering has been an important part of Peter’s life, which is what motivates him to assist international volunteers with the desire to contribute to his “ujamaa”(extended family) of Tanzania. Peter volunteered, and then worked, for “Compassion International”. He then became a great Tanzanian ambassador, working at an English language book store, where tourists sought recreational, cultural and language literature. Peter has traveled throughout South Africa, Rwanda, Trinidad and Tobago. His experience in volunteering, though, has provided the essential skills and compassion to assist those first time travelers visiting his beloved country. Peter’s greatest desire is to help improve opportunities for education to impoverished children.
Dr. James Kahuranananga - (African Wildlife and Climate Change Coordinator)
Dr. James Kahurananga has over 40 years experience in wildlife conservation and ecology in Eastern Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. That has led him to be asset to the projects Overland team. After obtaining his BSc in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University in the US in 1966, he was employed by the Wildlife Division, Tanzania Government as a Wildlife Management Officer for 4 years. After that he worked for as a botanist at the Tropical Pesticides Research Institute and later the East African Herbarium for the old East African Community from 1970-1978. He completed his PhD through University of Nairobi on the ecology of the Simanjiro Plains, east of Tarangire National Park, Tanzania in 1976. He spent 10 years from 1978-1988 working in Ethiopia for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a research scientist in rangeland management, pasture production and collection and conservation of genetic resources of highland pasture legumes. Thereafter he spent 6 years doing various consultancy assignments in Ethiopia, Botswana, Rwanda and Tanzania. From 1996-1998 he worked for the Swedish, ORGUT Consulting Company as an advisor to the Land Management Programme (LAMP) in Simanjiro, Tanzania advising district council staff on preparation of action plans for conservation of biodiversity, livestock and agricultural production and land management. From 1998-2006 he worked for the African Wildlife Foundation as the Maasai Steppe Heartland Director, Arusha. During that time, he was responsible for staff supervision, conservation management, development of infrastructure, landscape and park planning, mapping of wildlife corridors, establishment of wildlife management areas (WMAs) and establishment of Manyara ranch. The work was in collaboration with Tanzania National Park, USAID, district councils of Monduli, Kiteto, and Simanjiro and Babati. During the last 2 years his assignment expanded to include integrated wildlife- livestock management. He was seconded by AWF from 2013-2015 as a Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Conservation, Juba South Sudan. While there he was involved in national park planning and forest project formulation. He also reviewed information on the protected areas of South Sudan in view to developing a conservation strategy for AWF. As a native Tanzania with such varied life and employment experience, he loves to share his knowledge and experience, and will always offer his time to share with our Interns/volunteers.