Dolphin Research & Marine Conservation, Zanzibar

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.


  • Monitor dolphins in their natural habitat and study the impact of tourism on their behaviour
  • 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

Volunteer Reviews

“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

Dates & Rates

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
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.

About the Destination

Zanzibar is a tropical paradise, an island just off the coast of Tanzania that is rich in culture, history, and also 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.

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 from Stone Town is the beautiful coastal village of Jambiani, where your home will be during your stay. You will be greeted with stunning white sandy beaches that run along the entire coast, scattered with coconut palm trees and warm and friendly locals.

Living in a private beach house that steps right out onto the sea front, the area itself is known for its world-class snorkelling, scuba-diving and marine-spotting opportunities. Whether you’re jumping into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to explore the coral reefs, snorkelling with the resident dolphins or sunning yourself on the beach, Zanzibar is the perfect location to ‘get off the grid’, while also making long-lasting and sustainable change for the local people and the resident dolphin population.

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