Discover the tropical paradise of Zanzibar! 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 on the beach!
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
“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
- 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
- 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
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 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.
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.
Work & Impacts
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.
Work & Impacts
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.
Fun & Travel
Enjoy Water Sports
Fun & Travel
You can enjoy a dessert night every Thursday evening with your fellow volunteers being the guest chef, and once a week volunteers will be assigned the fun task of hosting a games night or other entertainment. Traditional local meals are quite an experience, which you will enjoy at one of the nursery school teachers homes, contributing to support their income.
Fun & Travel
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.
Fun & Travel
As the volunteer looks onto the turquoise Indian Ocean it is the ideal setting to enjoy walks on the beach, jogging, yoga, exercise at sunrise or football training as the sun goes down.
Fun & Travel
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!