Marine Eco-Tourism Internship in Zanzibar | African Impact

Marine Eco-Tourism Internship, Zanzibar

Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is a beautiful tropical island and tourist hot-spot due to its stunning beaches, turquoise waters and vibrant history. Ticking swimming with dolphins off the bucket list is also why many venture to this exotic paradise. Yet, prominent research shows the harmful effects of mismanaged interactions and this form of tourism on marine mammals. The answer is never simple – considering the local community’s reliance on this income – but, as part of this Marine Eco Tourism Internship abroad you will become part of a positive solution.

Throughout your placement, you’ll help to create responsible ecotourism practices, connecting a passion for nature, conservation and entrepreneurship with high caliber data collection for university-led research studies.

ON THIS MARINE ECO-TOURISM INTERNSHIP, YOU WILL:

  • Work with tourism operators in the area to determine the impact of current practices on the marine biodiversity in the area and assess the long-term benefit of sustainable ecotourism
  • By boat, collect daily data on dolphins and other marine life, including the significant influence of tourism on their natural behavior
  • Build on local capacity by delivering collaborative workshops that encourage the community of tourism boat drivers to create more sustainable practices
  • Assist in delivering a change to tourism practices in the private sector, developing small enterprises and high-quality programs to ensure the longevity – and conservation – of the ocean’s natural resources
  • Attend monthly meetings with our research partners from the Institute of Marine Sciences (University of Dar es Salaam) to discuss project development, research studies and alignment
  • Live and work on one of the most stunning tropical islands in the world
  • Be immersed in the vibrant and colorful fishing villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi
  • Be supported throughout by our team of 3 personal mentors, giving you context and tools to use throughout your future career

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 to take part in this internship abroad, and the area itself is a hub of activity. You’ll see traders selling spices, fruits and fish caught fresh that day on every street corner, and also get to tick a World Heritage Site off your bucket list!

Just an hour away from Stone Town is the beautiful coastal village of Jambiani, where your home will be during your stay on this Marine Eco-Tourism Internship. 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. It is from this base where you will undertake your internship, also visiting the nearby village of Kizimkazi.

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. Whether you’re jumping into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to explore the coral reefs, snorkeling 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.

Dates & Rates

Our internship abroad fee includes:
  • 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 internship abroad fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • 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 do the Marine Eco-Tourism Internship with African Impact?

You will work directly within your chosen field, side-by-side an African Impact project, most of which have been running for over a decade. This means that you get to give back something while learning new skills, and live with our team of staff, interns and volunteers. Win-win.

Provide our local community partners direct support they would otherwise not receive, while also providing valuable, practical work experience for you (if you’re asked to make a cup of coffee, a refund is heading your way). Intern support is essential for growing, developing and monitoring our projects’ impact.

Gain deeper insight into your chosen field within the context of community development or conservation in Africa. This provides a truly unique and extraordinary way to enhance your resume.

Be guided and supported 24/7 by highly professional and experienced teams on the ground, as well as from the wider African Impact team. Welcome to next-level interning, where you will receive 3 individual mentors for personal development coaching, professional development mentoring and academic training.

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

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