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Kindergartens, Primary Schools and Orphanage in Zanzibar Town

We offer internships and volunteering options in nursery schools (kindergartens), primary schools and orphanages in Zanzibar Town.
 
The available options are:

 
 

Project Details

 

Pre-school and Kindergarten of SOS Children's Village Zanzibar

 
 
The SOS Children's Village of Zanzibar operates a pre-school/kindergarten of very high standard at attractive and well-equipped facilities within the spacious, green and safe campus of the SOS Children's Village. It is attended by around 220 Children aged 4-6, in two shifts (morning and afternoon shift). From the children, around 80 are orphans or vulnerable children staying at the children's village and the others are the children of families from Zanzibar Town.
 
The children learn how to read and write and they learn English, making use of the innovative "Jolly Phonics" technique, which has the 42 phonics as the starting point to create words and sentences. For this program, there are around 150 computer work spaces available for the kids.
 
As a volunteer or intern, you support the educators with their activities with the children. Placements are possible throughout the year.
 
There is the possibility to be accommodated directly on the campus of SOS Children's Village. There are a total of 10 rooms at 3 apartments available for volunteers, interns (and guests of SOS Children's Village). They are all well equipped with ACs at all rooms, common areas and shared bathrooms and kitchens. The rent is 300 USD per month in case of a single room, but the same cost applies for the room in case of double occupancy (hence 150 USD per person per month in case of double occupancy; there are twin rooms). You can cook your own food at the kitchen (at your own expense). See details here.
 

St. Monica Anglican and St. Joseph Catholic Church Kindergarten and Primary School
 

 
 
The Anglican church in the city centre of Zanzibar Stone Town runs the "St. Monica" kindergarten, with around 70 children. Even though the kindergarten is run by the church, religious education plays a minor role, as there are also several muslim children attending lessons. Teaching is done in English.
 
Classes are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. There is also a primary school. If interested, interns can opt to stay for 2 hours longer everyday, and participate in the organizational work of the kindergarten and primary school.
 
Your options include interning at the kindergarten or primary school or a combination of both.
 
The Catholic church, St. Joseph, has a similar kindergarten and primary school.
 
Find Questions and Answers about St.Monica, written by our intern Julia in More Info.
 

Montessori Kindergarten, Primary School and Orphanage in Bububu

 
 
Montessori Bububu, located around 10 km north of Zanzibar Town, includes a kindergarten, primary school and orphans centre (Montessori Orphans Organisation, M.O.O.).

 
Around 50 students aged 4-6 attend the kindergarten. They paint, play, learn how to write and do "learning by sound" (songs, rhymes, games, etc.). The primary school is attended by a total of 57 children aged 7 to 15 years, out of which 30 are in their first year and 27, in their second year. The school suffers from a lack of funds as many parents cannot afford school fees, and thus, are unable to pay salaries to teachers. Currently, apart from volunteers, the only other teachers are the school director, Suzana and her two oldest daughters. Volunteers teach English, which is typically done through educational games, songs, rhymes, etc.
 
The organization, which was founded in 2006, is also a home for around 20 orphans and vulnerable children, whose parents cannot afford their upbringing or are sick. The M.O.O. school children are funded through the fees attained through the Montessori School, though in most cases, fees cannot be afforded and the conditions of the children can be extremely pitiful, with most meals being just rice and sauce.
 
Instead of bringing gifts, we recommend volunteers to do some private fundraising, which makes it possible for M.O.O. to buy better food ingredients for the orphans and vulnerable children. Everything the children need can be bought on the island, and “luxury” items such as soft toys, clothes, games etc. are not of primary importance; space to keep such items is also minimal.


 
Other than teach English, volunteers spend time and do leisure activities with the orphans and vulnerable children in the afternoons, such as going to the beach (which is only 5 minutes away) doing excursions, (for instance to Jozani Forest and ZALA Park), or doing Daladala day trips to other places in Zanzibar. There is also an interest in environmental education. The school has recently started its own gardening project which looks to to cater to the center’s need for fruits and vegetables – they currently grow tomatoes, courgettes and beans. Organic materials are composted.
 
The school director Suzana Maziku, who has 5 children herself, is highly motivated and proactive, making it easy for volunteers to enjoy their work. The day usually starts at 6 in the morning with the preparation of breakfast, which is always porridge; the 20 children of M.O.O. have breakfast at 6:30 a.m. School director Suzana drives the school bus to pick up the children who arrive by 8.00 a.m. Classes are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There are 2 weeks of holidays before Christmas, before Easter and during Eid-Al-Fitr. Before these holidays, the students write their exams which are corrected after the holidays. The school is attended by Christian and Muslim children, which is unusual in Zanzibar. Volunteers can participate at the church services; even if you are not a religious person, this is an interesting experience.
 
Volunteers/interns at Montessori Bububu can stay in Zanzibar Town and commute to Bububu every day.
 

Informal school and youth activities - Learning for Life

 
 
Learning for Life is a non-profit school at a suburb of Zanzibar Town. The school offers free education and vocational training for orphans, children and youth of poor background and for anyone else who is disadvantaged. There are classes in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and geography. Interns/volunteers can choose which subject(s) they would like to teach.
 
Furthermore there are extracurricular activities, e.g. a girls' club every Sunday (dealing with topics such as health, empowerment, education etc), cooking lessons, a "Business Club" (teaching vocational skills), creative English language classes (e.g. learning English through karaoke or talent shows), a reading program (with the older beneficiaries teaching the younger ones how to read) etc. Interns/volunteers can actively plan, develop and carry out such workshops and extra-curricular activities. In cooperation with a foundation, Learning for Life is also active at the municipal orphanage in Mazizini.
 
Every Sunday the team members of Learning for Life and the interns/volunteers are visiting the orphanage to do excursion and leisure activities with the children (e.g. talent shows, theater presentations, movie nights etc.)
 
Compared to most young Zanzibaris, the students at Learnin gfor Life speak good English, and – since they voluntarily take part in supplementary education, they are motivated and driven, and a pleasure to work with!
 

Youth Clubs of ZASO

 
 
ZASO (Zanzibar AIDS Association and Support of Orphans) is an NGO operating since 1996 carrying out various social programs in Zanzibar. These include educational programs for children and youth from poor families.
 
ZASO operates 12 youth clubs, 4 of which are in Zanzibar Town and 8 in villages. These youth clubs are visited by children and adolescents who are about 9-18 years old. The youth clubs of ZASO are lead by local and foreign volunteers who conduct education and awareness raising. Topics include health (HIV / AIDS and malaria ), English, Leadership/Management, Computer and Gender Equality .
 
As volunteers/interns, you can teach English at the youth club (mainly improvement of speech) computer skills , participate in the educational work or run your own workshops (sports, theatre, dance, art, etc.) in consultation with ZASO.
Info Box
General
Location: Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili
Accommodation:
House, Host Family, Hotel
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Teachers, Social Workers
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
No formal qualifications required
Further Contribution To Project: SOS: 200 USD one-time contribution; all others: none
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Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: SOS: 200 USD one-time contribution; all others: none
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

More Info

 

Read more:

 
  • Questions and answers about St. Monica (written by our participant Julia Summer):
 
1. What can I expect at my first job?
2. What are my responsibilities?
3. What can I bring to the project?
4. How much responsibility will be attributed to me?
5. Can I work independently?
6. How free am I to decide my own actions?
7. How can I prepare myself?
8. How much time will I spend in the project?
9. What can I do when I come back after the experience?
10. What can I achieve?

1. What can I expect at my first job?
 
St. Monica is a private school in Stone Town, two minutes walk from the market. When I got there I was welcomed joyfully and lovingly. It seemed as if the whole "teaching team" was pretty happy that I was there.
 
2. What are my responsibilities?
 
On the first day, Freddy, the coordinator, picked me up from my apartment from where we went to meet the Director at his office. The director was about the nicest person on earth and felt comfortable immediately. He asked me how many classes I wanted to take and soon we had decided that I would take two classes all to myself. I would mainly teach English, but would also do other subjects as per requirement. I took exercises from the English book provided and also used my spontaneity and creativity to conduct the lessons (of course with a little preparation the previous day). I have always been good on stage, so that helped. From Day 2, I took lessons. And of course, one can only do one’s best.
 
3. What can I bring to the project?
 
It was useful to get ball point pens, crayons, animal prints, anything that could be used as teaching material and that could fit into the luggage!
 
4. How much responsibility will be attributed to me?
 
I could do whatever that came to mind that would be suitable to the situation and served the purpose. It gave me great joy!
 
5. Can I work independently?
 
Yes!
 
6. How free am I to decide my own actions?
 
I had complete responsibility over the subject matter and the students entrusted to me. I even had to create an examination for them.
 
7. How can I prepare myself?
 
Most importantly don't forget the things you can take with you!
 
8. How much time will I spend in the project?
 
In St.Monica, I was given a schedule by the Director. I had 5 hours every day with free hours in between for corrections.
 
9. What can I do when I come back after the experience?
 
What you can do, ultimately depends on you. In my opinion, with a little motivation and effort, you can always do something. Definitely, contact future volunteers who can take part!

10. What can I achieve?
 
The first steps to a charity concert that appeals to people and is targeted at inspiring them to work with such organisations have already been made. I plan to do whatever it takes that can bring tables and chairs to St.Monica’s two classes! “You can always change little things – in your surroundings, in your area and even from a distance!”

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Zanzibar Town

 
In Zanzibar Town, there are accommodation options of various standards:
 
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Most popular! - This is the preference of most of our participants. You share an apartment with other participants or live in a house of average standards with a host family.

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Comfort+ - For those with a need for comfort: Accommodation at a hotel or at a house of higher standards with host family.

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Adventurer - For simplest and cheapest deals: Homestays of simple standards.

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Shared Accommodation:

 
Shared Accommodation in Zanzibar Town
 
There are several World Unite! shared accommodations throughout the city of Zanzibar Town - we choose them according to availability and proximity to your work site. Here, our participants share a house or an apartment. You get a single room on request, but there are also double rooms. You share Kitchen and toilet/shower with other residents. We constantly check cleanliness and safety of the apartments/houses. All apartments are of comparable standard. You have three to five bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and one or more bathrooms. The bedrooms are equipped with 1-2 beds with mattress and mosquito net, a wardrobe or chest of drawers and a fan. Bed linen is provided; you have to bring your own towels. The bathrooms have western flush toilets. Taking a shower in Zanzibar is usually with cold water, which is refreshing in the temperatures of Zanzibar. The kitchens usually have a hob and a basic set of kitchen utensils that you need for cooking and eating. In Zanzibar Town, you can eat cheap outside the home. Some houses and apartments have a semi-automatic washing machine. Often, there is a living room with sofa and dining table. The windows are barred for security reasons and at night, a night porter is on duty at houses. We currently have such shared accommodations in the districts Shangani, Malindi, Baghani, Kigwajuni, Migombani and Mombasa.

Here are some examples of shared accommodation options:

Baghani-Apartment in Stone Town
 
The apartment is located on the first floor of a historic building in the Baghani Area of Stone Town. It has four bedrooms, suitable for single and double occupancy. In the kitchen, there is a gas and electric stove, refrigerator and functional kitchen equipment. There are two bathrooms with cold shower and western toiletS. Each room has a ceiling fan.
 
House in Mombasa Area
 
The house is located in Mombasa, a middle class residential area on the outskirts of Zanzibar Town. It is surrounded by a high wall and next to an elementary school and a banana plantation. In the garden around the house you can relax, as well as hang laundry. On the days that our participants are not at home, a security guard takes care of the house. The house has 4 rooms available, one of which is equipped for double occupancy with two beds. The rooms are pleasantly decorated in African style. Three rooms are quite spacious and share a bathroom with western toilet, shower and sink. The fourth room is smaller, but it has a private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. All rooms have ceiling fans. There is also a spacious kitchen with refrigerator, dining table and seating area with cushions. There is a fifth room in which Rama, our coordinator in Zanzibar, lives.

Host Families:

Rooms of average standards with Host Families
 
Staying with a host family provides you with the opportunity to get a more intensive insight into the Tanzanian culture and society. We work with many host families in the city of Moshi. For boarding of middle standards, families are of the upper middle class of Tanzania. Their houses are of quality construction, equipment and furnishing for most of our participants. Often the houses have two bathrooms (which are also tiled), one for parents and one for the children and you. The shower is often cold, since a water heater consumes too much power. There is usually a western toilet in the house. There is Tanzanian and Western food like toast with jam, omelette and tea for breakfast; Meat/fish with vegetables and rice/ugali and chapati for dinner and to drink, tea, boiled water or homemade fruit juice. Vegetarian dishes are available on request. There is a fridge; food is usually cooked on gas. Most such families have one or two domestic workers who cook, clean and wash clothes by hand. Often, in the living room you'll find decorative curtains and doilies, stereo, television and an older laptop. The family also often, has a motorcycle or a thirty year old used Japanese car. Most of these things are, however, saved up over many years and the family still has financial difficulties to finance a college education for their children and use the car only for absolutely necessary journeys.

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Hotel Accommodation and Accommodation of High Standards with Host Family:

Al Minar Hotel
 
 
Al Minar is a tastefully in Arabic and African style designed hotel with 22 rooms, located in a historic building at a central location of Stone Town, the historic part of Zanzibar Town, at walking distance to the Old Fort and the Forodhani Gardens. The rooms are all equipped with AC, minibar, traditional Zanzibari beds and tasteful furniture, free wifi, coffee and tea making facilities and a flat TV. From the large rooftop terrace you have a good view over the old town. The hotel is professionally managed and has attentive and friendly staff.
 
Accommodation of High Standards with Host Family
 
Staying with a host family provides you with the opportunity to get a more intensive insight into the Tanzanian culture and society. The food is usually very generous and cooked by maids who serve this for you and the family. Our participants have always been extremely pleased with boarding with host mother Rahma, who runs a catering company. Often, there are also drivers, nannies, gardeners and security guards as domestic staff who live in a separate house on the property. Such families usually have a power generator that is turned on in case of frequent power outages. Older children are often in boarding schools abroad like Malaysia, Emirates and England and you live in their nursery. Younger children are often at home and want to play with you.

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Host Family of simple standards

 
Accommodation of Simple Standards with Host Family
 
For accommodations of simple standards, we cooperate with the NGO "ZASO"(Zanzibar AIDS and Orphans Support), with whom we also carry out the program "Social Reality Tour". Some employees of ZASO, who are social workers or teachers, and belong to the middle class of Zanzibar, offer the accommodation to our participants with their families. The rents of our participants contribute to an improvement in the average income of the families.
 
Simple standard here, means that the house is built simply. The floors are mostly of bare concrete, the roof is of corrugated iron with no ceiling; there is often only an Arab Squat toilet (but with flush) and we shower with a bucket or a simple water pipe. The furniture is minimalistic and purely functional. In the living room, there are some slightly more representative pieces of furniture made of Chinese wood. The family usually has an old, used fridge; a radio and an old tube television are also often present. Your room has a bed with a mattress and mosquito net and probably some hangers on the wall and a small shelf or the like. The houses have electricity. Food is usually cooked outdoors over an open fire or gas cooker. The food is usually without options - for breakfast, there is tea with chapati; for lunch, ugali or rice with beans and vegetables, for dinner, the same. Meat is only taken for special occasions, and if so, in small quantities. The families usually consist of mother, father and some children; many more children from the neighborhood visit the house and are around the house. As transportation, the family has bicycles and sometimes, a motorcycle. Income from the rent you pay are often the only way for the family to finance the education of their children.
 
The families from ZASO are particularly hospitable to World Unite participants; however, please note that some are conservative Muslims, who do not have as much experience in dealing with Western foreigners. Please conduct yourself accordingly. Female and male participants can only share a room if they are married.

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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32-60 Days
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2-4 Persons
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype; together with further participants
  • Arrangements for your Residence Permit, Work Permit or similar permit and other official permits (if required), but not the official government fees for it/them (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) on arrival and departure
  • Pick-up and Transfers within Dar-es-Salaam (DAR) (if required) and assistance with connecting travel via ferry or flight from DAR to ZNZ (but not flight/ferry tickets) and back
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Zanzibar
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • Participation at "Social Reality Tour" and 10 USD Donation to social outreach program
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project (except for electives/internships at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital)
  • Local SIM Card with 10.000 TSH air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
  • 15% Discount for Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Excursions and Watersports Activities offered by "Budget Safari Tanzania"
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Zanzibar (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa and Residence Permit (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
You can choose between the following options:
All rates in US-Dollar.
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 All durations of stay
(1-365 Days)
Shared House/Apartment or Hotel  
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Shared House/Apartment
1 Person
(Single Room)
9 USD/Day
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
6 USD/Day
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Hotel Accommodation "Al Minar" incl. Breakfast
1 Person
(Single Room)
80 USD/Night
(min. 7 Nights)
1990 USD/month
(in case of 1 full month or longer*)
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
50 USD/Night
(min. 7 Nights)
1390 USD/month
(in case of 1 full month or longer*)
     
Host Family
   
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Host Family of middle standard on full board
1 Person
(Single Room)
18 USD/Day
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
18 USD/Day
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Host family of upper standard on full board
1 Person
(Single Room)
24 USD/Day
2 Personen p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
24 USD/Day
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Host family of simple standard on full board
1 Person
(Single Room)
12 USD/Day
2 Personen p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
12 USD/Day
 
*You pay incomplete months (exceeding the first month) proportionally per day
In case of 3-4 person: Same rate as in case of 2 Persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates.
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • If meals are not included: around 130-220 USD/Month for self-catering (eating out at affordable yet good restaurants and/or cooking by yourself; you are much more flexible in this way compared to if we would serve food at your accommodation)
  • Official Permits: For placement duration of up to 90 days: Visa 250 USD (for most nationals; to buy on arrival at the airport in Tanzania) + Work Permit 200 USD (we arrange through Zanzibar Labour Office); For placement of 91-365 days: Visa 50 USD (for EU Citizens, Australians, New Zealand Citizens; 100 USD for US and Canadian Citizens) + Residence Permit 550 USD (in case of government institutions: 250 USD; we arrange through Zanzibar Immigration Office) + Work Permit 300 USD (we arrange through Zanzibar Labour Office). Only for placements at public hospitals of up to 90 days: Visa 50 USD (for EU Citizens, Australians, New Zealand Citizens; 100 USD for US and Canadian Citizens) + Exemption Certificate 100 USD (no further permits needed)
  • Small local expenses (e.g. Internet, local transport): around 30-50 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month

 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). There are ATMs. 
 

Extras

 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
 
 

Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Day Trips, Watersports

 
budgetsafaribannerAs "Budget Safari Tanzania" we are arranging cost-effective yet high-quality safaris, Kilimanjaro climbs, excursions, and watersports activities in Tanzania and Zanzibar. You will group with other World Unite! participants and further travellers.
 
As a World Unite! participant, you get a 15% discount on all offers of Budget Safari Tanzania. We will share a Discount Code with you that you can use with the online booking of your safari, Kilimanjaro climb, excursion or watersports activity.
 
 
 

Learning Swahili in Sansibar!

 
Swahili TeacherIt is always helpful to know Swahili while doing your project here. Swahili is a relatively easy language for participants and some start to follow it within the first few lessons. You can choose the intensity of the lesson. We would, however, recommend a maximum of ten hours per week. The lessons are conducted individually; in some cases, 2-3 participants with similar levels of knowledge may be given combined lessons. The number of participants does not affect the cost of the lessons.
 
The cost for Swahili lessons: 1 Student - 9 EUR
 
Please check "Language Training Required" in the registration form, specifying the desired duration (minimum 20 hours).
 
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
Travel Health Insurance
 
 

Zanzibar

 

Check out our video on Zanzibar Town!

 
This video shows a day in Zanzibar Town with the volunteers Sabrina and Uwe from Hamburg. They show their placements at the Cultural Arts Centre and Vikokotoni environmental group, their accommodation, visit their host family and explain various interesting aspects of their daily life in Zanzibar. Also featured are Suma and Josh, our coordinators in Zanzibar (Please note that Suma has unfortunately left our team and has emigrated to Australia. Our support team in Zanzibar now consists of Josh, Celeste, Monique, Abdi and Gabriel).
 


Zanzibar - Spice Island in the Indian Ocean

 
Zanzibar is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is about 2 hours away from the Tanzanian mainland by boat or 20 minutes by plane. When you research “Zanzibar”, it usually means the main island of Unguja. Unguja was very rich in the past, because the island was a major trading port along the sea routes between Africa, Arabia, India, East Asia and Europe. This can be seen today in the mixing of cultures, the Arab- Islamic influence, but is relatively liberal in Zanzibar. Today, tourism is the main source of income of Zanzibar, besides the cultivation of spices and tropical fruits.
 
Stone Town, the historic core of Zanzibar Town is the only intact historic coastal trading town in East Africa. Within the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets full of small shops, souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels and hectic smaller places, it feels like one is in a dream of the "Thousand and One Nights”. Fantastically, there are also the heavenly white beaches and crystal clear waters with colorful coral reefs, which compete with the Caribbean or the Maldives in catering to wealthy tourists. Zanzibar Town, in addition to Stone Town have plenty of other neighborhoods like Kiembe Samaki, Mwanakwerekwe, Mbweni and others, in which many organizations have their offices and are active.
 
In addition, there are many villages along the beaches and in the interior of the island.
 
The biggest problem of the island is the overwhelming poverty of the population, whose only employment consists of cultivation and fishing for their own and thus, have no money, cannot afford education for their children, medical care, etc. A lack of education means that the following generations can hardly escape the vicious circle of poverty. Population growth, which is mainly due to immigration of people from mainland Tanzania, results in the exploitation of nature.
 

Our coordinators in Zanzibar

 
Our coordinators in Zanzibar are Josh from England, Celeste from South Africa, Monique from Germany, Abdi from Zanzibar and Gabriel from Tanzania.
 

Things to do in Zanzibar

 
In Zanzibar, there is a wide range of excursions: day and half day trips include a visit to a spice plantation, the Jozani Forest National Park, the mangroves of Mungooni and Uzi, beach resorts such as Nungwi, Paje and Jambiani, a "Safari Blue”, sailing through the Menai- Bay Conservation Area, Prison Island, the Island Chumbe Coral Park and a city tour of Stone Town, where there are lots of interesting souvenir shops, bars, cafes, regular concerts and even a handful of "clubs" and events.
 
In your spare time, you can also take music and dance lessons, yoga classes and interesting workshops by the Cultural Arts Centres participants in Zanzibar.
 
Many participants also travel to the mainland of Tanzania to do a safari or to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. You use our accommodation Moshi, Kilimanjaro at affordable prices to stay as a base for activities in northern Tanzania.
 

Getting There

 

Getting To Zanzibar

 
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Some airlines fly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland directly or with an intermediate stop at Zanzibar (ZNZ). Remember to book your flight and share with us your flight details. From Zanzibar airport, we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation in Zanzibar.
 
If the flights to Dar-es-Salaam (DAR) are much cheaper, you can also fly there. From Dar-es-Salaam, you can travel to Zanzibar by a connecting flight or take the ferry. The ferry costs 35 USD and takes about 2 hours. We will take you in this case, from the airport to the seaport. In Zanzibar, you will be picked up at the ferry terminal and taken to your accommodation. A connecting flight from DAR to ZNZ only takes 20 minutes and costs 50-80 USD

FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from the airport even at night.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Zanzibar is a relatively small island, and you can use public transport during the weekends to travel throughout the island; such as to the beaches of the north and east. In Moshi and Zanzibar, we ourselves often offer day trips, such as to Kilimanjaro or the national parks, for which you can join other volunteers and interns when you travel there. We share these trips with you in our monthly subscriber list and you can book them. Participants often organize on-site travel together. In Moshi and Zanzibar, you can stay at the same low rates as our Zanzibar or Moshi participants in accommodations provided by us. If you plan to travel during your volunteering/internship period, you should seek permission in advance. We recommend that you plan your travel after your volunteering/internship. For this, you can also stay longer in your accommodation at affordable rates.
Is it safe to travel in Zanzibar alone as a single female traveller?
Approximately 80% of our participants are female and many of them, only about 20 years old. Not a single instance of a serious security breach has occurred. Our coordinator will advise you on how you should conduct yourself in order to avoid problems - your dressing style, valuables, and in dealing with local men. Our preparation materials elaborate on this matter. If you follow these basic rules that apply equally to many other places, the risk in Zanzibar is not great.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Zanzibar?
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants in Zanzibar, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so. Zanzibar Town is a small town, where you walk around quite a bit. In addition, there are well-known places such as the Forodhani Gardens, where you actually meet other participants. If you are in a different place (Nungwi, Mungooni, etc.), the probability is higher that there are more participants from us. You can access these places relatively quickly by public transport from Zanzibar Town, if you want to meet other participants of your country over the weekend. We also have regular meetings with all participants and you will get a list of participants who are in the country, with their contact information. You need not be concerned that you are "alone" in Zanzibar, nor must you stay away from the locals because you spend all your time with other foreign participants.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info-PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations
Where do I live?
Please find details in the tab "Accommodation".
Can I choose my accommodation?
We give you choices (Most popular!, Comfort +, Adventurer) and you can tell us if you prefer a shared accommodation or homestay; we will then seek an accommodation for you. We organise accommodation, taking into consideration the distance from your work site. However, since Zanzibar is not a very big town, is relatively easy to reach locations in other parts of the city by public transport ("Daladala") or by bike.
How free or bound am I in my accommodation with the host family?
With the host family, you can have your freedom, and do not need to join them during meal times or have any other obligations. If you will return late in the evening, you need to let them know in advance, so that they can unlock the doors for you (which are locked at night for security reasons). Bringing home casual acquaintances is taboo. They look to integrate our participants into their family life, but you can determine to what extent you want to be part of it.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
In Tanzania, Internet is accessed via the mobile phone networks. With smartphones, you can use the Internet. For laptops, there are USB modem sticks for about 10 EUR. There are no flat rates; you use data packets, depending on your needs. You might consume 2 GB of data in a week, which costs about 4.50 EUR. In the centers of cities (Moshi Town, Dar-es-Salaam, Mwanza, Zanzibar Town, Karatu, etc.), the connection is good, the speed is satisfactory and sufficient for Skype phone calls. In the suburbs and in the country, there is connection, but usually almost impossible or very slow and unreliable. We will provide you information on the use of mobile Internet in Tanzania.
How can I do my laundry?
In general, laundry is washed by hand in Tanzania. You can ask your landlord or host family if they have someone who can wash your clothes. Usually, someone offers that to you for a small fee. Please ask your local supervisor, what the appropriate thing to do is.
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Host families are familiar with participants who are vegetarians and prepare appropriate food. In some restaurants in Zanzibar Town, there are vegetarian options. In the market, there are a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. Special dietary needs (e.g. Vegan, allergies to certain foods) can be specified to the host families.
What language skills do I need?
You should be able to make yourself understood in English. The national language of Tanzania is Swahili, but knowledge of English is widespread, especially among people who have a better education or work in tourism. In everyday life, there is usually no problem to be able to communicate in English; if you should come across someone who can not speak English, you can almost immediately find someone who offers to translate in English. If you are in a social project for a longer duration, you will have to deal with people who have little or no education. For this, it is useful to acquire at least a basic knowledge of Swahili before your arrival through any book (or audio CD). You can also take basic Swahili lessons while on site. We also have vocabulary lists with useful words that can help you.
 
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