WHY we need you in Zanzibar
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
Volunteer in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is full of stunning beaches, turquoise waters, and a warm climate, making it an ideal location for water-based activities such as snorkelling, diving, and sailing. Additionally, the historical Stone Town offers a glimpse into the island’s rich cultural and architectural heritage. Visitors can also explore the spice plantations and learn about the cultivation and history of various spices. However, it’s important to note that poverty remains a significant issue in some areas of Zanzibar. Our projects focus on meeting the needs and improving living situations for the local people.
Volunteer Projects in Zanzibar
Join the effort to make a positive difference in the world by supporting local teachers who create a powerful learning environment for students in Zanzibar. Teachers play a crucial role in providing the educational foundation that propels local children forward.
Assist local teachers and staff at kindergartens and childcare centres on the Island of Zanzibar. You'll be helping children aged between 3 and 6 years old by sharing your knowledge of basic concepts such as English, numbers, colours, and more.
Sea turtles, one of the oldest creatures on earth, are currently facing the threat of extinction. Despite surviving for millions of years, their populations are declining rapidly. As a volunteer, you can participate in a variety of activities.
Join our medical program at the local referral hospital and expand your knowledge about healthcare services alongside local professionals. This program provides a valuable opportunity for medical professionals and prospective medical or nursing students to refine their skills.
Join us in improving the learning conditions of students by participating in the renovation of local village schools in and around Stone Town, Zanzibar. Our project focuses on restoring and renovating school infrastructure to provide better learning environments for the students.
Discover the wonders of Zanzibar! Immerse yourself in its vibrant culture and intricate history. Be captivated by the warm weather and the welcoming local community. Throughout this week-long introduction, you will have the opportunity to explore iconic landmarks.
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Zanzibar is an archipelago located off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. It consists of two main islands, Unguja and Pemba, as well as several smaller islands. It has a rich history and culture, shaped by centuries of trade and interaction with Arab, Indian, and European traders and settlers. The islands are known for their beautiful beaches, vibrant markets, and historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Zanzibar has a population of around 1.6 million people, with a diverse mix of ethnic and linguistic groups. Swahili is the official language, although English and Arabic are also widely spoken. Zanzibar has a predominantly Muslim population, with a rich tradition of Islamic scholarship and culture. The islands have also been home to a thriving arts and music scene, with influences from across Africa and the Middle East. Despite its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, Zanzibar faces a number of challenges, including poverty, environmental degradation, and limited access to basic services such as healthcare and education.
Zanzibar has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a wet season from March to May and a dry season from June to October. During the wet season, Zanzibar experiences heavy rainfall and high humidity, while the dry season is characterized by sunny and relatively cool weather. The average temperature in Zanzibar ranges from 25°C to 33°C throughout the year.
Zanzibar is located near the equator, which means that the islands receive strong sunlight year-round. The islands also experience occasional cyclones and tropical storms, particularly during the wet season.
Zanzibar’s culture is a mix of African, Arab, and Indian influences, which is reflected in the local music, dance, architecture, and cuisine. The islands have a rich history of trade and commerce, with merchants from across the world visiting Zanzibar for its strategic location and abundant resources. As a result, Zanzibar has a diverse population of ethnic and linguistic groups, with Swahili as the official language. Islam is the predominant religion in Zanzibar, and the islands are home to many historic mosques and Islamic schools.
Most projects are located in Stone Town, an historic and cultural city located on the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is renowned for its beautiful architecture, narrow streets, bustling markets, and rich history. It has a unique blend of African, Arab, Indian, and European influences can be seen in its buildings, food, and culture.
Our turtle program is located in Nungwi, a picturesque village located on the northern tip of Zanzibar Island, off the coast of Tanzania. It is known for its pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and stunning coral reefs. The village is a popular tourist destination, offering a wide range of activities such as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and fishing.
Accommodation is in a dedicated volunteer house and varies on which project you choose. All houses have western toilets, shared rooms, and common areas to enjoy. Meals will be provided at the volunteer house.
Zanzibar is renowned for its unique blend of African, Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisine, which reflects the island’s rich history of trade and commerce. Visitors to Zanzibar can enjoy a wide range of dishes, including seafood, meat, and vegetarian options, with spices like cinnamon, cumin, and coriander adding flavour to every dish.
Some of the most popular dishes in Zanzibar include pilau rice, a fragrant dish made with spiced rice and meat or vegetables; samosas, a savoury pastry filled with meat or vegetables; and urojo, a tangy soup made with coconut milk and spices.
You may choose to do the 1 week cultural introduction to Zanzibar at an extra cost, which can help to ease into the lifestyle and pace and get to know your town, it’s facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable including an introduction to Zanzibar, it’s customs, culture, expectations, travel options, safety and information about your chosen project. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and fun. If you prefer to move straight into your chosen project, no worries, you’ll receive a short briefing and be introduced to your volunteer coordinator for training and assistance. You may choose after the first few days to move straight into your chosen placement.
Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees. If arriving on Saturday, there is a fee for the extra night.
A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) on Sat or Sun. You must arrive outside the main arrival hall by the following times:
• Saturday: 10:00
• Saturday: 14:00
• Sunday: 10:00
• Sunday: 14:00
If arriving during outside of pickup times, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.
Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).
From the airport to the accommodation, it takes 15-33 minutes by car to Stone Town and around 1.5 hours to Nungwi.
Here are some of the best things to do in Zanzibar…
Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its winding streets, historic buildings, and vibrant atmosphere. Visitors can explore the local markets, visit the old fort, and learn about Zanzibar’s fascinating history.
Relax on the beaches
Zanzibar has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with white sand, crystal clear water, and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Some of the best beaches include Nungwi, Kendwa, and Paje.
Go on a spice tour
Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, and visitors can take a tour of the local spice farms to learn about the different spices grown on the island, including cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.
Snorkel or dive in the coral reefs
Zanzibar’s coral reefs are home to a stunning array of marine life, including colourful fish, sea turtles, and dolphins. Visitors can go snorkelling or diving to explore these underwater wonders.
Visit the Jozani Forest
The Jozani Forest is a nature reserve known for its unique wildlife, including the rare red colobus monkey. Visitors can take a guided tour of the forest to learn about the local flora and fauna.
Go on a dhow cruise
Dhows are traditional sailing boats used for fishing and transportation in Zanzibar. Visitors can take a sunset cruise on a dhow to enjoy the beautiful scenery and watch the sun dip below the horizon.
Visit the Prison Island
Prison Island is a small island just off the coast of Zanzibar known for its giant tortoises and beautiful beaches. Visitors can take a boat tour to the island to see the tortoises up close and relax on the beach.
Explore the local markets
Zanzibar’s local markets are a colourful and lively place to explore, with vendors selling everything from spices and textiles to handmade crafts and souvenirs. Some of the best markets to visit include Darajani Market in Stone Town and Forodhani Night Market.
Visit the Old Slave Market
Zanzibar was once a major hub of the East African slave trade, and the Old Slave Market in Stone Town is a sombre reminder of this dark history. Visitors can take a guided tour to learn about the slave trade and its impact on Zanzibar.