ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

A series of several islands of off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is a tropical paradise. Surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean and breathtaking white sand beaches, Zanzibar is an Archipelago and one of the world’s great cultural crossroads, where Africa meets Arabia meets the Indian Ocean.

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 over an hour from Stone Town is the beautiful coastal village of Kizimkazi – your home during your stay in Zanzibar. Whether you are exploring the area or life beneath the waves, Zanzibar is the perfect location to ‘get off the grid’, while making long-lasting and sustainable change.

Our projects are developed alongside local communities to ensure the work we do is ethical, responsible, and relevant to the needs of their communities. Our teams live and work alongside these communities, which allows us to offer sustainable and transformative experiences that provide real value where it is most needed.

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  • Location: Zanzibar
  • Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
  • Available: Year round
  • Impact: Community and Youth Development, Marine conservation and Environmental Sustainability
  • Accommodation: You will stay in a private beach house surrounded by white sandy beaches that has everything you need for a comfortable stay.

The best time to visit Zanzibar is from January to March and June to December when the temperature is warm and there is limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in Jambiani is 30°C in March and the lowest is 27°C in June

Programme Focus

MARINE CONSERVATION

Known for their playful nature, visiting Zanzibar’s impressive local dolphin population is a popular attraction for tourists in the area. While tolerable of some positive interaction with humans, too much human activity in their waters and dolphins can become overly stressed, timid, and distant. With many tourists regularly embarking on dolphin tours in large numbers, there is a great need throughout Zanzibar to promote a sustainable eco-tourism model that puts the health of dolphins, and the local economy, first.

Joining one of our marine conservation projects in Zanzibar, students will spend their days embarking on journeys across the Indian Ocean to promote positive dolphin-human interactions. Closely monitoring encounters between dolphins and humans during sightseeing tours, volunteers will conduct valuable research on local dolphin pods’ health and behaviour. Working closely with community members and the local government, this research data helps formulate ethical policies around dolphin ecotourism that balance the well-being of dolphins and locals in the tourism sector alike.

CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

Warming waters are causing severe damage to coral reefs globally and Zanzibar is no exception. The phenomenon is known as coral bleaching. Education is a vital part of conservation. You will help educate local school children the importance of their natural environment, how to look after it and how to sustainably utilise their marine resources in a fun and engaging manner at an after school club. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Across Africa, tourism is a rapidly growing industry that provides stable, income-generating employment to locals. With travellers regularly drawn to Zanzibar’s well-deserved reputation as a beach paradise, tourism makes up a significant source of income and employment for the local economy. However, for local communities to gain meaningful work in this sector, a degree of English spoken, and written literacy is often essential.

Our programmes include  taking part in teaching younger students at local nursery schools and after-school clubs. Supporting local teachers, students will work closely with local children, engaging in playful activities to build fundamental developmental skills like basic vocabulary, motor abilities, and positive social play.

Beyond school settings, students can work alongside local leaders in rewarding community uplift projects. These projects are highly varied and chosen by the local community’s needs at the time but can include anything from painting schools, engaging in coastal cleanups, or building eco-bricks.

FEMALE EMPOWERMENT

With communities in Zanzibar so reliant on the ocean for food and employment we support the empowerment of the local women by working together on other revenue streams.

Sample Zanzibar Itinerary

All our itineraries are tailor made for every school. 7, 10, 21 and 28 day
Itineraries available on request. 21 and 28 day itineraries can be combined
with Tanzania and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Day

Activity

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Day 1

Depart UK

Depart UK

Travel

Overnight Flight

Day 2

Arrive into Zanzibar International Airport

You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation in Zanzibar

Settle in, orientation and welcome

Welcome dinner and history of Zanzibar

Day 3

On project

Tour of the villages and cultural education

Kiswahili lesson

Games night

Day 4

On project

Community development work, focusing on a beach and coastal clean

Community development work, focusing on a beach and coastal clean

Cultural night

Day 5

Depart UK

Community development work, focusing on supporting local primary schools

Community development work, focusing on supporting local primary schools

Movie night

Day 6

On project

Community development work, focusing on environmental education programmes

Community development work, focusing on environmental education programmes

Day 7

On project

Community development work, focusing on working with the women of Jambiani by working together on education, health, and income-generating projects

Community development work, focusing on working with the women of Jambiani by working together on education, health and income generating projects

Local dinner with a family

Day 8

Excursion

Prison Island Tour

Prison Island Tour

Day 9

Excursion

Relax on the beach

Relax on the beach

Day 10

On project

Time at leisure

Marine conservation briefing

Day 11

On project

Marine conservation

Marine conservation

Day 12

Excursion

Visit Stone Town & Spice Tour

Visit Stone Town & Spice Tour

Farewell dinner, reflection and awards

Day 13

On project

Time at leisure before transferring to the airport

Depart for UK

Overnight Flight

Day 14

Arrive home

Arrive back in UK

Price Inclusions

Exclusions

  • Return airport Transfers
  • Private transport throughout
  • All Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Experienced dedicated group leader throughout
  • Project management
  • Project materials
  • All activities and excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • 24/7 Security guards at accommodation
  • Pre departure information
  • 24/7 Emergency support available throughout
  • Single supplements for staff
  • Additional excursions
  • Visas
  • Covid testing (where necessary)