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Volunteering on this project will allow you to contribute to the small fishing villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi’s sustainable use of marine resources, while researching dolphin tourism and monitoring human-dolphin interaction. Marine biodiversity is about so much more than the overwhelming beauty you’ll discover the first time you snorkel one of Zanzibar’s coral reefs. Here, marine life has an important economic value to the local community, too: it provides food and generates money through tourism. This is your chance to make a lasting impact on the survival of a fragile marine ecosystem while living in a tropical island paradise!

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As a volunteer, you’ll get to:

  • Monitor dolphins in their natural habitat and study the impact of tourism on their behaviour 
  • Research local fishing activity, learn about life in a traditional fishing village 
  • Teach enthusiastic Conservation Club students and inspire them to look after their environment 
  • Snorkel in beautiful reefs whilst collecting vital coral bleaching data 
  • Get involved in community initiatives, from developing a school library to assisting in eco-friendly workshops with local dolphin tour boat drivers
  • Interact with the local community, learn Swahili, and live in one of the most beautiful places in the world
 
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Dolphin & Marine
Destination Destination
Zanzibar
Priced From Priced From
£ 1167| € 1524| US$ 2077| AU$ 2495|

“There’s something very special about working so closely with the dolphins - I never get tired of their majestic personalities. Seeing them in the wild is magical, and seeing volunteers see them is mind-blowing. What a rewarding job!" Duncan Tossell, Zanzibar Programme Manager

 “What I love most about the marine project is how it seeks to involve the community from every angle. I love the holistic approach and the benefits are so clear to see.” Sarah Bolger, East Africa Development Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1167| € 1524| US$ 2077| AU$ 2495|

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 weeks USD 2077 GBP 1167 EUR 1524 AUD 2495
2017 - 3 weeks USD 2636 GBP 1481 EUR 1935 AUD 3167
2017 - 4 week USD 3195 GBP 1795 EUR 2345 AUD 3838
2017 - 5 weeks USD 4042 GBP 2271 EUR 2966 AUD 4856
2017 - 6 weeks USD 4569 GBP 2567 EUR 3353 AUD 5489
2017 - 7 weeks USD 5096 GBP 2863 EUR 3740 AUD 6122
2017 - 8 weeks USD 5623 GBP 3159 EUR 4127 AUD 6756

Please note that there is still availability for 2016. One of our Destination Managers will be happy to supply this year’s prices on enquiry.

Project Start Dates

Project start dates for 2016 - This project starts every two weeks on a Monday: 4 January | 18 January | 1 February | 15 February |29 February | 14 March | 28 March | 11 April | 25 April | 9 May | 23 May | 6 June | 20 June | 4 July | 18 July | 1 August | 15 August | 29 August | 12 September | 26 September | 10 October | 24 October | 7 November | 21 November | 5 December

Project start dates for 2017:  This project starts every two weeks on a Monday:  2, 16 & 30 January | 13 & 27 February | 13 & 27 March | 10 April & 24 April |8 May & 22 May |
5 June & 19 June | 3, 17 & 31 July | 14 August & 28 August | 11 & 25 September | 9 & 23 October | 6 & 20 November | 4th December

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Research

Research

With your help, African Impact aims to provide consistency and continuity to research that is imperative in bringing about positive change. Research on the dolphin-tourism industry is conducted for the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam. Our other project partners include the Kizimkazi Dolphin Tourism Association (KIDOTOA) and the Menai Bay Conservation Area.

Monitoring human-dolphin interaction helps the government to formulate policies to regulate dolphin tourism, so that dolphins do not become stressed and/or driven to other parts of the ocean. Although they love human interaction, dolphins may be forced to seek quieter waters if they are faced with too much activity, especially during feeding or nursing, so your research will not only help the dolphins, but also the local communities who rely on dolphin tourism for income.

 
 
 
Eco development

Eco Development

On this project you will help educate local school children about how to sustainably utilize their local marine resources in a fun, activity based after school club.  You could also assist in workshops with local boat drivers to encourage eco-friendly dolphin tours, or develop information boards about the local marine ecosystem and conservation.

 
 
 
Community development

Community Development

Living on the beach in a small traditional fishing village gives you a wealth of development opportunities to choose from. You can teach English, clean beaches, conduct coral reef surveys, and support local youth initiatives, among other activities. You could also be involved in carrying out questionnaires with the local community and tourists to learn more about the impact and growth of tourism in the area. 

 
  
 
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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Enjoy events night

Enjoy Events Night

Every Tuesday, the whole group gets together for fun events, featuring quizzes, games and lots of laughs.

There’s also the highly enjoyable weekly dessert night, when volunteers prepare and share some mouth-watering desserts.

 
 
 
Have dinner with a local family

Have Dinner with a local family

A big favourite with volunteers is the meal you can enjoy at a resident teacher’s house for a small fee. Sitting on the floor, eating with your hands and enjoying local delicacies give you a first-hand experience of local culture and provide some much-needed income and support to the host families.

 
 
 
Explore regional treasures

Explore Regional Treasures

Zanzibar offers a wide array of activities for all personalities. Whether you are a cultural enthusiast, history and art lover, culinary aficionado or adrenaline junkie, the local surroundings have something to offer you. The Kizimkazi Village Tour, for starters, will give you an introduction to seaweed farming, coconut rope production, and the ways of life of the local community.

One of the most highly rated day trips, the Pungume Sandbank Excursion allows you to take a boat to exquisite coral reefs, where you will snorkel and swim at leisure, then savour a fresh seafood barbeque on the sandbank.

 
Get active

Get Active

With your accommodation so close to the beach, you won’t be able to resist long walks or runs on the sand, yoga at sunrise, or kicking a football around as the sun goes down.

And don’t forget water sports: Zanzibar is the perfect location for incredible snorkeling experiences, swimming with the sea-life, boat rides, scuba diving, kitesurfing and dhow and ngalawa sailing.

 
 
 
Go on an inland adventure

Go on an Inland Adventure

Should you be staying a little longer, inland Tanzania offers some of the most popular safari sites in the world. Seeing the wildlife – and the sunsets! – in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater will take your breath away. And speaking of being breathless – for the fit, well-prepared and brave at heart, there is always Mount Kilimanjaro to climb!

 
Explore africa

Explore Africa

Our travel partner Africa & You has put together some fantastic travel and safari packages for our volunteers that will see you exploring this beautiful continent and having some incredible adventures! Choose from safaris off the beaten track, mountain bike tours, hiking tours and cultural tours. Take a look at some of these packages on the DOWNLOADS tab above.

 
 
 
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About this destination

About this destination

About the Destination

Zanzibar is a tropical paradise, an island just off the coast of Tanzania which is rich with culture, history, and also is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in Eastern Africa. When you think of crystal turquoise oceans and endless white sandy beaches, Zanzibar is it.

Life is simple here for tourists; sun, sea and sunsets each night, but many don’t get to experience what life is like for the locals, the struggles they face living on a remote island with limited access to resources and job opportunities and you will see this every day during your time volunteering and be part of creating better opportunities for the locals.

The bustling city of Stone Town is where you will fly into and the area itself is a hub of activity, with traders selling spices, fruits and fish caught fresh that day on every street corner, while also boasting the impressive title of a World Heritage Site.

Just an hour away – and an adventurous drive through Zanzibar’s remote jungle roads with our enthusiastic staff members - volunteers will soon find themselves in the villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi where you will live. These are rural traditional villages that lay on the stunning white sandy beaches that run along the Southern Coast of the island, scattered with palmtrees, coconuts and the incredible friendly and warm locals. Life is much quieter here than in Stone Town and as fishing villages, many of the local villagers have little to no formal education, as well as limited opportunities for their children to access the English language and create brighter futures for themselves.

Living directly on the beach in cozy beach-houses that back onto these villages, the area itself is known for its world-class snorkeling, scuba-diving and marine-spotting opportunities. Whether you’re jumping into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to explore the coral reefs, snorkeling with the resident dolphins in the area or sunning yourself on the beach, Zanzibar is the perfect location to ‘get off the grid’, while also making long-lasting and sustainable changes for the local people.

 

 

 
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Feedback from our volunteers

Marijne Mevius, Holland

I really loved my time here. It was amazing to meet so many new volunteers and to experience so many new things. It was a great adventure to get to know a new culture and to get to interact with the community. Seeing the dolphins on a daily basis was incredible and I really felt very safe. It exceeded my best expectations for sure!

 
 
 

Stacey Cardona, Australia

I have always been very open-minded and interested in varied cultures, however I think I do have a new found respect and of course appreciation for this type of culture that could truly only be developed through immersing myself in this way of life. I do know that I will leave here and continue to want to spread awareness about such important issues that appear to be hidden or ignored from the rest of the globe. Living in Africa has assured me that this volunteer project will definitely not be my last.

 
 
 

Ana Martinez Fernandez, Spain

Dolphin Conservation Zanzibar is an amazing project in an unforgettable landscape. You will enjoy marine animals and coral reefs and you will feel you make a difference. After this experience, you won't be a tourist anymore, you will be a person caring about your environment. And you will learn the importance of smiling every moment and make the best of the moment.

 
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Project Newsletter - July and August

Meet the Faces of Zanzibar

OPTIONAL TOUR: Adventure trip to Lake Chala

 

 
 
 

OPTIONAL TOUR: Cycle Tour at Ngorongoro Crater

 

 
 
 

OPTIONAL TOUR: Elephant Corridor Hiking Safari

 

 
 
 

OPTIONAL TOUR: Asilia Matemwe Escape

OPTIONAL TOUR: The Great Migration Serengeti Tour

OPTIONAL TOUR: Mikumi National Park

OPTIONAL TOUR: Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

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Dolphin Research & Marine Conservation, Zanzibar

Tanzania

how would you like us to contact you?
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Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
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start a live chat instead

Volunteering on this project will allow you to contribute to the small fishing villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi’s sustainable use of marine resources, while researching dolphin tourism and monitoring human-dolphin interaction. Marine biodiversity is about so much more than the overwhelming beauty you’ll discover the first time you snorkel one of Zanzibar’s coral reefs. Here, marine life has an important economic value to the local community, too: it provides food and generates money through tourism. This is your chance to make a lasting impact on the survival of a fragile marine ecosystem while living in a tropical island paradise!

Img 9240

As a volunteer, you’ll get to:

  • Monitor dolphins in their natural habitat and study the impact of tourism on their behaviour 
  • Research local fishing activity, learn about life in a traditional fishing village 
  • Teach enthusiastic Conservation Club students and inspire them to look after their environment 
  • Snorkel in beautiful reefs whilst collecting vital coral bleaching data 
  • Get involved in community initiatives, from developing a school library to assisting in eco-friendly workshops with local dolphin tour boat drivers
  • Interact with the local community, learn Swahili, and live in one of the most beautiful places in the world
 
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Dolphin & Marine
Destination Destination
Zanzibar
Priced From Priced From
£ 1167| € 1524| US$ 2077| AU$ 2495|

“There’s something very special about working so closely with the dolphins - I never get tired of their majestic personalities. Seeing them in the wild is magical, and seeing volunteers see them is mind-blowing. What a rewarding job!" Duncan Tossell, Zanzibar Programme Manager

 “What I love most about the marine project is how it seeks to involve the community from every angle. I love the holistic approach and the benefits are so clear to see.” Sarah Bolger, East Africa Development Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1167| € 1524| US$ 2077| AU$ 2495|

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 weeks USD 2077 GBP 1167 EUR 1524 AUD 2495
2017 - 3 weeks USD 2636 GBP 1481 EUR 1935 AUD 3167
2017 - 4 week USD 3195 GBP 1795 EUR 2345 AUD 3838
2017 - 5 weeks USD 4042 GBP 2271 EUR 2966 AUD 4856
2017 - 6 weeks USD 4569 GBP 2567 EUR 3353 AUD 5489
2017 - 7 weeks USD 5096 GBP 2863 EUR 3740 AUD 6122
2017 - 8 weeks USD 5623 GBP 3159 EUR 4127 AUD 6756

Please note that there is still availability for 2016. One of our Destination Managers will be happy to supply this year’s prices on enquiry.

Project Start Dates

Project start dates for 2016 - This project starts every two weeks on a Monday: 4 January | 18 January | 1 February | 15 February |29 February | 14 March | 28 March | 11 April | 25 April | 9 May | 23 May | 6 June | 20 June | 4 July | 18 July | 1 August | 15 August | 29 August | 12 September | 26 September | 10 October | 24 October | 7 November | 21 November | 5 December

Project start dates for 2017:  This project starts every two weeks on a Monday:  2, 16 & 30 January | 13 & 27 February | 13 & 27 March | 10 April & 24 April |8 May & 22 May |
5 June & 19 June | 3, 17 & 31 July | 14 August & 28 August | 11 & 25 September | 9 & 23 October | 6 & 20 November | 4th December

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Research

Research

With your help, African Impact aims to provide consistency and continuity to research that is imperative in bringing about positive change. Research on the dolphin-tourism industry is conducted for the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam. Our other project partners include the Kizimkazi Dolphin Tourism Association (KIDOTOA) and the Menai Bay Conservation Area.

Monitoring human-dolphin interaction helps the government to formulate policies to regulate dolphin tourism, so that dolphins do not become stressed and/or driven to other parts of the ocean. Although they love human interaction, dolphins may be forced to seek quieter waters if they are faced with too much activity, especially during feeding or nursing, so your research will not only help the dolphins, but also the local communities who rely on dolphin tourism for income.

 
 
 
Eco development

Eco Development

On this project you will help educate local school children about how to sustainably utilize their local marine resources in a fun, activity based after school club.  You could also assist in workshops with local boat drivers to encourage eco-friendly dolphin tours, or develop information boards about the local marine ecosystem and conservation.

 
 
 
Community development

Community Development

Living on the beach in a small traditional fishing village gives you a wealth of development opportunities to choose from. You can teach English, clean beaches, conduct coral reef surveys, and support local youth initiatives, among other activities. You could also be involved in carrying out questionnaires with the local community and tourists to learn more about the impact and growth of tourism in the area. 

 
  
 
Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Enjoy events night

Enjoy Events Night

Every Tuesday, the whole group gets together for fun events, featuring quizzes, games and lots of laughs.

There’s also the highly enjoyable weekly dessert night, when volunteers prepare and share some mouth-watering desserts.

 
 
 
Have dinner with a local family

Have Dinner with a local family

A big favourite with volunteers is the meal you can enjoy at a resident teacher’s house for a small fee. Sitting on the floor, eating with your hands and enjoying local delicacies give you a first-hand experience of local culture and provide some much-needed income and support to the host families.

 
 
 
Explore regional treasures

Explore Regional Treasures

Zanzibar offers a wide array of activities for all personalities. Whether you are a cultural enthusiast, history and art lover, culinary aficionado or adrenaline junkie, the local surroundings have something to offer you. The Kizimkazi Village Tour, for starters, will give you an introduction to seaweed farming, coconut rope production, and the ways of life of the local community.

One of the most highly rated day trips, the Pungume Sandbank Excursion allows you to take a boat to exquisite coral reefs, where you will snorkel and swim at leisure, then savour a fresh seafood barbeque on the sandbank.

 
Get active

Get Active

With your accommodation so close to the beach, you won’t be able to resist long walks or runs on the sand, yoga at sunrise, or kicking a football around as the sun goes down.

And don’t forget water sports: Zanzibar is the perfect location for incredible snorkeling experiences, swimming with the sea-life, boat rides, scuba diving, kitesurfing and dhow and ngalawa sailing.

 
 
 
Go on an inland adventure

Go on an Inland Adventure

Should you be staying a little longer, inland Tanzania offers some of the most popular safari sites in the world. Seeing the wildlife – and the sunsets! – in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater will take your breath away. And speaking of being breathless – for the fit, well-prepared and brave at heart, there is always Mount Kilimanjaro to climb!

 
Explore africa

Explore Africa

Our travel partner Africa & You has put together some fantastic travel and safari packages for our volunteers that will see you exploring this beautiful continent and having some incredible adventures! Choose from safaris off the beaten track, mountain bike tours, hiking tours and cultural tours. Take a look at some of these packages on the DOWNLOADS tab above.

 
 
 
Back to Top

About this destination

About this destination

About the Destination

Zanzibar is a tropical paradise, an island just off the coast of Tanzania which is rich with culture, history, and also is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in Eastern Africa. When you think of crystal turquoise oceans and endless white sandy beaches, Zanzibar is it.

Life is simple here for tourists; sun, sea and sunsets each night, but many don’t get to experience what life is like for the locals, the struggles they face living on a remote island with limited access to resources and job opportunities and you will see this every day during your time volunteering and be part of creating better opportunities for the locals.

The bustling city of Stone Town is where you will fly into and the area itself is a hub of activity, with traders selling spices, fruits and fish caught fresh that day on every street corner, while also boasting the impressive title of a World Heritage Site.

Just an hour away – and an adventurous drive through Zanzibar’s remote jungle roads with our enthusiastic staff members - volunteers will soon find themselves in the villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi where you will live. These are rural traditional villages that lay on the stunning white sandy beaches that run along the Southern Coast of the island, scattered with palmtrees, coconuts and the incredible friendly and warm locals. Life is much quieter here than in Stone Town and as fishing villages, many of the local villagers have little to no formal education, as well as limited opportunities for their children to access the English language and create brighter futures for themselves.

Living directly on the beach in cozy beach-houses that back onto these villages, the area itself is known for its world-class snorkeling, scuba-diving and marine-spotting opportunities. Whether you’re jumping into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to explore the coral reefs, snorkeling with the resident dolphins in the area or sunning yourself on the beach, Zanzibar is the perfect location to ‘get off the grid’, while also making long-lasting and sustainable changes for the local people.

 

 

 
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Feedback from our volunteers

Marijne Mevius, Holland

I really loved my time here. It was amazing to meet so many new volunteers and to experience so many new things. It was a great adventure to get to know a new culture and to get to interact with the community. Seeing the dolphins on a daily basis was incredible and I really felt very safe. It exceeded my best expectations for sure!

 
 
 

Stacey Cardona, Australia

I have always been very open-minded and interested in varied cultures, however I think I do have a new found respect and of course appreciation for this type of culture that could truly only be developed through immersing myself in this way of life. I do know that I will leave here and continue to want to spread awareness about such important issues that appear to be hidden or ignored from the rest of the globe. Living in Africa has assured me that this volunteer project will definitely not be my last.

 
 
 

Ana Martinez Fernandez, Spain

Dolphin Conservation Zanzibar is an amazing project in an unforgettable landscape. You will enjoy marine animals and coral reefs and you will feel you make a difference. After this experience, you won't be a tourist anymore, you will be a person caring about your environment. And you will learn the importance of smiling every moment and make the best of the moment.

 
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Brochures

Project Brochure

 

 
 
 

Project Newsletter - July and August

Meet the Faces of Zanzibar

OPTIONAL TOUR: Adventure trip to Lake Chala

 

 
 
 

OPTIONAL TOUR: Cycle Tour at Ngorongoro Crater

 

 
 
 

OPTIONAL TOUR: Elephant Corridor Hiking Safari

 

 
 
 

OPTIONAL TOUR: Asilia Matemwe Escape

OPTIONAL TOUR: The Great Migration Serengeti Tour

OPTIONAL TOUR: Mikumi National Park

OPTIONAL TOUR: Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

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