Zanzibar is renowned for its diverse marine life, which includes dolphins and humpback whales, and its warm crystal clear water that is perfect for diving and snorkeling. Spend your weeks exploring the pristine coral reefs as you research and swim with bottlenose and humpback dolphins. During your time on this marine conservation volunteer program, you will also gain your PADI scuba diver certification so you can carry on diving all over the world! The data you collect will be used to understand the effects of tourism on dolphin behavior and contribute towards promoting ethical dolphin tours in Zanzibar.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- 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
- Become a qualified PADI diver so you can enjoy diving anywhere in the world
- 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 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. 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.
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, your home during your stay. You will be greeted with white sandy beaches scattered with coconut palm trees.
Living in a private beach house that steps right out onto the sea front, the area itself is known for its world-class snorkeling, scuba-diving and marine-spotting opportunities. Some of the ways you will spend your free time is enjoying the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, exploring the coral reefs, snorkeling with the resident dolphins, or sunning yourself on the beach.
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 snorkelling over coral reefs to take the data we need.
PADI Diving Course
Zanzibar boasts some of the most diverse marine life accompanied by beautiful beaches and warm turquoise waters. What better place to take advantage and become a certified PADI diver. As an African Impact volunteer you will receive an exclusive 15% discount on any of our diving courses and dives whether you are just starting out or an advanced diver.
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!
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your stay
- 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Transport to and from project
- 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
- Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
- Project equipment and resources
Our project fee excludes:
- Flights (we can assist you with this)
- Discounted PADI Open Water Diving Course, including equipment
- Medical or travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
“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