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.