Live the tropical island dream while volunteering with children, teaching English, and using your skills to contribute to community development on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. You will become part of the community by teaching children at local schools, teaching adult English classes, promoting gender equality, and assisting with local conservation initiatives.
This volunteer program is ideal for people who want to volunteer with children and teach adults in a small beach community
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Teach children, young adults, and women within the local community
- Create interactive educational games and sports activities for nursery school children to help promote positive early childhood development
- Assist in developing educational facilities to help improve the learning environment for children in the community
- Get even closer to the people and culture of Zanzibar by learning some Swahili, the local language
- Empower the women of Jambiani by working together on education, health, and income-generating projects
- Live in a small beach community on Unguja, the main island of Zanzibar
- Experience unforgettable island adventures such as swimming with dolphins, going on sunset cruises in a traditional Dhow, and going on a tour of a tropical spice farm
Things to do in Zanzibar
Tropical Island Adventures
Zanzibar is the tropical paradise nobody is talking about. Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, the opportunities for unforgettable tropical island adventures are endless.
Swimming with the dolphins of Jambiani and snorkeling with whale sharks and turtles around Mafia Island are by far some of the best things to do in Zanzibar.
Cruising around the island on a dhow, having lunch on an uninhabited island, lazing on the beaches, and dancing beneath the moonlight at a Full Moon Party should also be at the top of your list!
Visit the Spice Farms
Zanzibar was an important trading port for spices and fresh produce back in the 19th century. This bit of its history has left it with the sweetest pineapple in the world and the nickname “Spice Islands of Africa. If you’re an avo lover, you’re in for a real treat – the avocados in Zanzibar are huge!
A local guide will show you around the farm and introduce you to some of the island’s beloved spices and fruits. You will see coffee and vanilla in its purest form and learn about traditional Zanzibari remedies using cinnamon and cloves. You will also get to taste many of the things you find.
Unique Cultural Experiences
The Arabic influences on Zanzibar are evident in the elaborate doors of Stone Town, but the vibrant soul of East Africa is unmistakable in the attire of the locals. Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and your first stop if you’re after unforgettable cultural experiences.
Visit the bustling bazaars to try traditional Zanzibari food and be sure to stop by Jaws Corner for a cup of coffee done the Zanzibar way. For something a little different, experiment with traditional Swahili beauty rituals with a local herbalist or learn about spice blending from a spice master at Mrembo Spa.
They also offer traditional drumming, dancing and Tingatinga painting classes that are must-dos!
African Safari on Mainland Tanzania
Extend your trip and visit mainland Tanzania for the ultimate African safaris and wildlife encounters! Seeing the wildlife and sunsets in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater will truly take your breath away. They are home to some of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on earth!
If you want to see African elephants, Tarangire National Park is famous for its elephant migration. Head west if you want to visit Gombe Stream National Park, a sanctuary for chimpanzees made famous by Jane Goodall, a trailblazing wildlife scientist and activist. Mahale Mountains National Park to the south of Gombe is also known for its chimpanzee trekking expeditions.
About the Destination
Zanzibar is a tropical island paradise with an East African twist. It is an archipelago of 2 main islands and more than 50 smaller islands and islets off the coast of Tanzania. The main islands are Unguja Island (commonly referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island. Zanzibar is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in Africa and famous for its unique culture and fragrant spice farms.
Visiting the famous spice farms is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Zanzibar. You can see how vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa is grown and even take a traditional cooking lesson or learn how to make coconut milk! Of course, no trip to Zanzibar would be complete without wandering through the rugged, romantic streets of Stone Town and swimming with whale sharks around Mafia Island.
During your time as a volunteer in Zanzibar, you will stay with other volunteers in a private beach house in Jambiani, a laid back coastal village about 1 hour from Stone Town. The house is surrounded by white sandy beaches and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Zanzibar is the perfect place to “get off the grid” and experience the tropical charm of East Africa while doing good.
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)
- 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
“My experience here in Zanzibar has been hard work on the land, ecobricking and a lot of teaching and prepping, but I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it. You go through everything here with other volunteers, which allows to make friends from all over the world. But the best part of this, are the local people you meet. Everybody is extremely welcoming, you can’t go around the village without being greeted and welcomed. The people here are so nice, you feel right at home!”
Nora Daoudi, Belgium
“I have just got back from the best month of my life, and that is not an exaggeration! At first I was thinking of only spending 2 weeks in Jambiani, but I am SO glad I booked 4 weeks instead. Jambiani is absolutely beautiful and everyone is SO friendly and SO genuine. After a month of life literally ON the beach, you really get to know the people, (both the adults and the children) and the village as though it is home. It is so strange returning to the western world, I don’t know what to do with myself. Not once did I feel unsafe, unhappy or bored, it was paradise and the trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much African Impact!”
Hannah Cheater, UK