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Voluntourism - 14 Days in Zanzibar

Zanzibar Voluntourism
14 Day Voluntourism-Program in Zanzibar: Option 1: City and Country: The first week you spend in the city and the second week in rural areas. At the same time, you take part in various activities and excursions. In the city, your volunteering assignment is in the kindergarten of St. Monica. For the second week, you can choose between the marine turtle conservation aquarium in Nungwi in the north of Zanzibar or the village Muungoni in the south of Zanzibar, where you can participate in the biology project "Zala Park" or in the village school. Option 2: Zanzibar Town: You stay within the city throughout your Voluntourism program.
The following facilities are available for volunteering:
  • St. Monica Kindergarten and Primary School, Stone Town (1 or 2 Weeks)
  • Marine Turtle Conservation Station, Nungwi (for the 2nd Week)
  • Zanzibar Land Animal Park (for the 2nd Week)
  • Primary School in Muungoni (for the 2nd Week)

Voluntourism Itinerary

Voluntourism ZanzibarDay 1
Arrival by flight to Zanzibar airport and transfer to your accommodation.
Day 2
Volunteering at St. Monica. You will be picked up at your accommodation in the morning and taken to the volunteer placement. At 3.00 p.m., you will then be picked up and given an approximately 2-hour tour of Stone Town, the historic part of Zanzibar Town.
Spice TourDay 3
After you have completed the second morning at your volunteer placement, you have a "Spice Tour", a tour of a spice plantation in the afternoon. Besides exotic spices, tropical fruits are grown here that you can see, smell and taste.
voluntourism in sansibarDay 4
Full-day trip "Safari Blue“. From Fumba in the South of Zanzibar, on a dhow, the traditional sailing ship of the Indian Ocean, you will explore the natural wonders of Menai Bay. There will be a fruit snack on a sandbank, you can snorkel at a coral reef and swim in a lagoon. On an island there will be a beach barbecue with fish, lobster, chicken, vegetables and a tropical fruit tasting. You can also learn how to navigate a “Ngalawa”, the outrigger canoe of the local fishermen. In Menai Bay it is often possible to see dolphins. In the late afternoon, we will sail back to Fumba. Alcoholic beverages are inclusive.
Day 5
In the morning, you are at your volunteer placement. The afternoon is free, which you can use to explore Stone Town, either alone or with other volunteers. There are many small shops from which you can buy souvenirs.
Cultural Art Centre WorkshopDay 6
In the morning, volunteering. In the afternoon, you take part in a Workshop at the Zanzibar Cultural Arts Centre, offered by local artisans. Depending on availability, you can make craft with paper, make candles, produce soap, do painting, make necklaces made of paper beads or do screen printing on a t-shirt.
Jozani ForestDay 7
Full day tour! The day starts with a visit of the Jozani Forest National Park, which is famous for its endemic Red Colobus Monkeys. Besides some colonies of monkeys, you can see the impressive plants and trees of this tropical rainforest and you can have a stroll through the mangrove area. After this, we will drive to the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, East Africa’s largest covered space for butterflies, which is a project of sustainable tourism. As the butterflies only live for a few weeks, the centre is in constant need of new butterflies. These are bred by the villagers of the nearby village under the guidance of a biologist named Pete and sold to the butterfly centre.

ZALA ParkAfterwards, we visit the handcraft project “MOTO”, where we will first have lunch. Then, we will see how a women’s cooperative produces wickerwork and braided objects. They also weave Kikoi fabrics that they tint, making use of solar technology. You can even try out everything yourself! Another highlight is a visit to the Zala Park in Muungoni. It is a small zoo, mainly with reptiles, which was created by biology teacher Mohammed, to educate children about the importance of animal welfare and environmental protection. We had a few interns and volunteers working with Mohammed, who have improved and expanded the scope with the teacher. You return to your accommodation in the late afternoon.
If you spend the second week in Muungoni, you stay there throughout.
Day 8
The second week, you can either continue to spend in the city or in Muungoni or in Nungwi. Muungoni is a farming and fishing village in the south of Zanzibar, where little has changed in the last hundreds of years. You will find a piece of original Zanzibar, which was hardly affected by tourism and modern development. Here, you live with a local host family with full boarding of simple standards. Nungwi, in the north of Zanzibar, however, is a lively seaside village with a lot of tourism. Here you can experience Zanzibar in both its rural life in the village, as well as aspects of beach tourism. In Nungwi, you live at the bungalow of the Marine Sea Turtle Conservation Station with full boarding (or similar accommodation, if this is not available).
If you are in Muungoni, then you start the morning of the 8th day of volunteering in Zala Park or at the village school. If you continue in Nungwi, then you are transferred in the morning to your accommodation in the sea turtle conservation station, and start there your project on the same day. If you're still in town, you continue with your previous site.
Days 9-12
Volunteering at your site.
SUPDay 13
If you are in Muungoni or in the city, then you are transferred to Michamvi, where you can take part in an SUP Tour (stand-up paddle boarding) along the beach and in the mangroves. If you are in Nungwi, then you go from there to Kendwa and can take part in water sports and kayaking. Return to your accommodation in the late afternoon.
Day 14
Work at your volunteering site.
Day 15
Transfer to the airport for your departure.

Picture Gallery of St. Monica Kindergarten


Picture Gallery of Zanzibar Land Animal (ZALA) Park

Details about Zala Park.

Picture Gallery of Nungwi Sea Turtle Conservation Center


Picture Gallery of Primary School, Muungoni




Combination of 1 week in the city and 1 week in the village:
In the city, inclusive of Shared Accommodation (no meals), in Muungoni with Host Family (meals included):
For 1 Person: 1049 € (single room)
For 2 Persons: 880 € (per Person in double occupancy)
For 3 or more Persons: 790 € (per Person in double/ triple occupancy)
Single Room Supplement: + 50 € per person
Cost for Nungwi (instead of Muungoni): + 120 € per person
(Accommodation with meals at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center, twin room)
Combination of 2 weeks in the city:
For 1 Person: 990 € (Single Occupancy)
For 2 Persons: 790 € (per person in double occupancy)
For 3 or more Persons: 720 € (per person in double/triple occupancy)
Single Room Supplement: + 100 € per person
Home Stay with family with average standards full boarding instead of Shared Accommodation in the city: Base price + 240 € per person


Homestay in the city with full boarding of high standards instead of a shared flat : Base price + 340 € per person
Hotel Market Lodge (with breakfast): Base price + 700 € (Single Occupancy) or + 420 € per person in Double Occupancy
Convert to USD, GBP, CAD, AUD and other currencies
Details about the accommodation options here.
Price includes:
* Accommodation as booked (with or without food). For full-day excursions, lunch is included.
* Activities and excursions as described
* Local contact
* Donation for your placements, each 50 USD
* Transfers in Zanzibar for arrival and departure
* Access to our online log-in area with extensive preparatory documents tailored to your travel destination
Prices DO NOT include:
* International flights to Tanzania
* Food, activities, services, etc., which are not mentioned in the program
* Personal purchases, Souvenirs, etc.
* Travel Health Insurance
* Gratuities, other donations, etc.
* Visa costs (250 USD)
Start is possible anytime during the year.
However, please note that the itinerary might change if your start date would cause the volunteering assignment to fall on weekends or holidays. During holidays or examination periods in St. Monica, we may have to place you in other projects.
If you wish to go for excursions, and prefer a larger group, we can find those interested to go with you.

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