Discover the tropical paradise of Zanzibar! As a volunteer on this project you will contribute to the sustainability of dolphin tourism by researching dolphin tourism, monitoring human-dolphin interaction and promoting ethical dolphin tours. Marine life has such an important economic value to the local communities of Zanzibar and by protecting it we can build for a more sustainable future for both wildlife and the people of Zanzibar. This is your chance to make a lasting impact on the survival of a fragile marine ecosystem while living on the beach.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Monitor dolphins in their natural habitat and study the impact of tourism on their behavior
- Snorkel in beautiful coral reefs whilst collecting vital coral bleaching data
- Swim with dolphins in an ethical way whilst promoting responsible dolphin tourism
- Teach enthusiastic conservation club students and inspire them to look after their environment
- Interact with the local community, learn Swahili, and live in one of the most beautiful places in the world
About the Destination
Zanzibar is a unique island just off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa that is famous for its rugged island culture, fascinating history, and mesmerizing beaches. It is a place where the air is fragrant with the smell of spices and the tropical beaches will take your breath away.
The beautiful coastal village of Jambiani is your home during your stay. It is an idyllic little town complete with white sandy beaches, coconut palm trees, and warm, friendly locals. It is also only an hour away from Stone Town, a bustling World Heritage Site and national treasure of Zanzibar.
You will stay in a private beach house that offers easy access to world-class snorkelling and scuba-diving. Whether you are exploring the area or life beneath the waves, Zanzibar is the perfect location to ‘get off the grid’, while making long-lasting and sustainable change for the local people and dolphins.
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Visa-related costs
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact home in Jambiani – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
- 3 fresh and delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
- Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
- A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
- All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
- Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
- Medical or travel insurance
- Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
- WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!
Work & Impacts
Monitoring and researching human-dolphin interaction helps the government we partner with 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.
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.
Besides dolphin research, we also collect vital data on coral reefs to monitor the amount of coral bleaching caused by global warming. The good news is the only way to do this is by going on boat trips and snorkeling over coral reefs to take the data we need.
Fun & Travel
Zanzibar is the perfect location for incredible snorkeling experiences, swimming with the sea-life, boat rides, scuba diving, kitesurfing and dhow and ngalawa sailing.
Zanzibar is not all about the delicious food! Overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean, it is the perfect setting to enjoy walks on the beach, jogging, yoga, exercise at sunrise, or football training as the sun goes down.
Cultural and Conservation Tours
Zanzibar provides a plethora of tourist attractions and activities to explore. From city and spice tours to the Jozani Forest and Stone Town, you will not run out of exciting options during your volunteer stay in Zanzibar. Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and is a place of winding alleys, mosques and bustling bazaars where you can enjoy some great shopping.
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!
“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!”
Marine Mevius, Holland
“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.”
Ana Martinez Fernandez, Spain