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.

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
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

Why AI Africa Specialists
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Hata uwe kauzu vipi, huwezi kujamba wakati unatongoza. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you get here.

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Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.

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We are about real, measurable change

Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.

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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

March 1, 2019

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