Physical rating - Light
Next trip 16/06/2019
all meals are included
Max 14 people
pick the suitable bag for you
About this project :
The Education project on Zanzibar came into place in 2011. After a successful pilot project, this project has been growing strongly and has received volunteers from Sweden, South Africa, Germany, Norway, Canada and the Netherlands who have had an incredible time supporting the selected schools on Zanzibar. Consult for educational volunteer In Tanzania and other volunteering opportunities in Tanzania.
The Primary schools we work with offer English medium education to large classrooms and work with limited resources and facilities. As English is the language used for national exams and especially useful for the main income of the island which is tourism, many schools offer education in English. Unfortunately, the level of English for most teachers is very limited, creating huge challenges to educate students in an appropriate way. Some schools operate 2 schools a day (morning and afternoon school) due to the lack of buildings. Children from 6-18 years old receive their education in open classrooms, with barely enough benches and chairs for each child. Conditions are very basic and the extra help from volunteers are needed to offer English classes, support the teachers with sharing their views on education and possible support with sports activities and remedial teaching for those who have disadvantages. Consult for educational volunteer In Tanzania and other volunteering opportunities in Tanzania.
The need for good education and care is a worldwide challenge. Children deserve proper education and the best care and to be educated in a way, that they can find work opportunities in Zanzibar but also internationally. English and Maths are two subjects that schools have challenges in, the classrooms are big, English is not always spoken by teachers and facilities are basic. Consult for educational volunteer In Tanzania and other volunteering opportunities in Tanzania. You can make a change here by supporting the schools and its principals, by offering your assistance and making part of the local team to improve education where we can!
The need for good education and care is a worldwide challenge. Children deserve proper education and the best care and to be educated in a way, that they can find work opportunities in Zanzibar but also internationally. English and Maths are two subjects that schools have challenges in, the classrooms are big, English is not always spoken by teachers and facilities are basic. You can make a change here by supporting the schools and its principals, by offering your assistance and making part of the local team to improve education where we can!
The children in the area are the main target group. As Zanzibar is a pretty remote island and receives most of its income from tourism, they need to learn English to improve their chances for the future. Children in Zanzibar are eager to learn from volunteers and love to test their English on you. As 95% of all island inhabitants are Muslim, you will see that the schools system is different than from most countries, and girls wear headscarves to school. Non-Muslims are more than welcome and the local community is happy to have you, as long as their religion and ways are respected and volunteers adapt to local customs.
There is, besides daily teaching and assistance, also a need for financial support. Any possible gifts and donations provided by volunteers and their network of people are extremely appreciated. Instead of collecting goods and materials for donation, it is recommended to purchase and donate this on location, where stationary and school uniforms are affordable but if you have any pencils, English games or books or any other educational material you can bring; feel free to do so.
In the morning you arrive at the school and assist in your allocated classroom. You will work together with the teachers, to see how and where you can assist. You can for example teach English,Math’s or other subjects for 3-4 hours a day.
After school there are sports activities that need enthusiastic people to supervise and coordinate. Football and Netball are the 2 most popular sports and motivating children to participate in sports will increase their health and social skills.
Other after school activities are marking tests and
checking homework and very importantly to
prepare lessons for the next day.
Other possible activities could be:
- Remedial teaching for individual children
- offering life skills classes and education regarding
issues such as HIV/AIDS
- Creating educational material
- Preparing lessons on subjects such as country
information, how a magnet works, the solar system, well basically anything that children love to learn about!
Depending on the season and whether you will work generally 5 days a week from 8:00am - 15:00pm with weekends off to explore the island. Please take note that this is Africa and the concept of time is very different from what you know. Schools can close without notification and hours can differ.
The work of any volunteer or student is coordinated by our Khaya coordinators on Zanzibar. They will pick you up upon arrival, show you around and be your host for the duration of your stay.
Your activities at the schools will be supervised, and coordinated by one of the local staff who speaks English.
It is important that volunteers of this project understand the importance of the following:
You most likely won’t be alone when volunteering in Zanzibar and meet both local as international volunteers. We get volunteers from all over the world, from the USA, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the UK and many other countries.
The different projects coordinated by Khaya on Zanzibar will most probably also bring you into contact with other volunteers assisting in schools, an orphanage and community projects. We can host a variety of other volunteers from all over the world up to 16 volunteers.
you will need a Tourist Permit which costs 50 USD upon arrival , this is arranged and paid upon arrival at the airport at Immigrations.
Your fees will not only be helpful for the support of the hospitals but will provide local staff a much needed income. Our way of working will provide local employment, as your coordinators are locals provided with a full time job because of our volunteer projects.
Tausi Palace Hotel offers accommodation in Zanzibar City. The hotel has a sun terrace and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. 10 Minutes from the beach and vibrant Shangani Square.
The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms have a sitting area for your convenience. Enjoy a cup of tea from your terrace or balcony. All rooms have air-conditioning and private bathroom.
There is a 24-hour front desk and shops at the property. Meals are also offered by the hotel.
As Zanzibar is semi-autonomous and part of Tanzania you can fly straight to Zanzibar (over Nairobi, Kilimanjaro or other international airports) or fly to Dar es Salaam. If you fly to Dar es Salaam you need to take a cab to the ferry to Zanzibar, where you can buy a ticket for the relaxing 40 minute boat ride to the island. It is very important that we know of your travel arrangements so we can be ready for you to arrive.
for daily transport the group will be allocated a vehicle and driver for their stay. However, volunteers are welcome to explore the island in their own time and make us of public transport for this.
Most volunteers use the daladalas, which have specific routes. It can be time consuming but a great way to experience transport the local way; life stock and big mamas all squeezed into a small mini bus.
The daladala is very cheap and runs often so fit in and do things like a local!
Upon arrival at either the airport or ferry terminus, you will be welcomed by the 88Destinations coordinator who will show you around and take you to your accommodation. After freshening up and getting to know the staff, you will be given an introduction and go through some rules and regulations.
You will also receive 2 hours of Swahili lessons to help you get the basics and show you how to use the daladalas (local taxis). Together with one of the coordinators you will be given a free Stone Town tour in the first week to explore the narrow alleys of this beautiful and atmospheric town.
On Zanzibar, time seems to have stood still and people still live traditional lives. Zanzibar has been the entrance of Eastern Africa for centuries and it was here that most slaves were sold and Indian, Chinese and Arabic merchants would arrive to trade their fares and buy spices, ivory and slaves.
The history of Zanzibar has created a unique mixture of Indian, African and Arabic influences which can be seem in its people, food, culture and building styles.
Stone Town in Zanzibar, Tanzania is magical; a labyrinth of alleys and walkways barely wide enough for bicycles and pedestrians. Beautifully carved doors lead entrances to a hidden world of carpenters, sowing shops, and Zanzibar family life. Street vendors sell pre-cut mango’s, coffee inlittle porcelain cups, zamzam (sugared nuts and seeds) and souvenir shops try to lure you in their paradise of beadwork, Maasai dukka’s (colourful robes the Maasai wear), ‘pole pole’ (slowly slowly)T-shirts and beautifully made wood carvings.
It’s hot and humid but a feast to the eye, especially in the evenings when Forodhani Gardens at the seafront transforms in an open-air restaurant, where you can buy grilled squid, miskhaki’s (kebabs offish and meat), fresh tuna, lobster and all the seafood you can imagine. All this is washed down with freshly squeezed sugarcane juice mixed with lemon and ginger.
Stone Town and the surrounding villages offer volunteers the unique opportunity to enjoy the white beaches, clear blue water, coconut palm trees and the unique Zanzibar culture and food. The islandis a popular backpacker’s destination and has a variety of small beach villages, within 30 minutestravel, to enjoy long weekends under the palm trees.
The influences of India, Africa and Arabia can be seen in its inhabitants, the food and building styles of the houses. Zanzibar is the place of your dreams and will surprise you constantly when you volunteer there.
We have secured some great discounts for our volunteers, offering some exciting ways of travelling on Zanzibar and the main land of Tanzania.
Our preferred tour operator offers a range of weekend stays at some of the island’s most beautifulbeach spots, visit to Prison Island and the sea turtle sanctuary, snorkelling trips and much more. If you have any interest to compare what we can offer to other options feel free to contact us so we can give you options to enjoy Zanzibar before, during or after your stay.
‘After work comes play’ they say and Zanzibar is the perfect place for that:
The Hotel includes Wi-Fi, but you can also access the internet by:
As Zanzibar is tropical and the weather and seasons dictate everyday life you should bring clothing that is non-synthetic (cotton or linen is more comfortable), plenty of shorts and flip-flops.
For working hours however it is strongly advisable to bring smart casual clothing with long sleeves and trousers/skirts that cover the knees. Wearing a scarf to cover your hair and arms is also very much appreciated for women as that is what the locals wear. The more you adjust; the easierpeople will accept you but Zanzibari’s are very welcoming and understand that we as westerners
have different ways of dressing. Keep in mind however that tank tops and very short pants, bikinis and other revealing wear is frowned upon and not accepted during work at any of the projects.
Your fees will cover most of your expenses but if you like to enjoy a beer or soda, want to buy some souvenirs or a fancy a dinner eating out, we advise you to bring some extra money.
Accidents can happen to anyone. Make sure to get a comprehensive travel and medical insurance. Next to your international travel insurance, we advise you to get the VOLUNTEER CARD; this will not only cover your volunteering activities but will also give you an incredible amount of discount options throughout the world! USA and Canada nationals can order the card online, other internationals can email us
Your passport must have enough pages for any visa. Your passport should have 2 pages free for every country to be visited.
Please note that Tanzania insists on people having 2-free pages available when you enter. Keep this in mind if you are going to fly home from Tanzania after completing a tour to multiple African countries.
Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your date of departure from Africa. You are personally responsible for ensuring that passports, visas, vaccination certificates and other travel documents are in order and for all costs relating thereto.
Most nationalities will be able to obtain a ‘visitors permit’ or ‘holiday visa’ upon arrival at Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro International Airports. This visa allows you to be in Tanzania as a visitor but will not allow you to do any work, even volunteer work. You will need to obtain a ‘Work Permit’to legally be allowed to take part in volunteering activities.
You can apply for the Work Permit and Tourist Permit upon arrival on Zanzibar International Airport. Unfortunately these permits cost 50 USD and an additional 200 USD, but this will allow you to legally volunteer at our projects.
As we are a volunteering organization all volunteers will need this permit even though you might only be coming as a student or for research; we and the local government see you as a volunteer and we need to stick to the rules.
As visa requirements can change we suggest that you contact your nearest Tanzanian Embassy to enquire about your visa.
We however have continuous contact with our coordinators in Tanzania who are in close contact with the Home Affairs offices on Zanzibar.
Zanzibar has a cool breeze all year round but people can forget that one is in the tropics. Be careful with the sun and use a strong protection in the first days of your stay. Zanzibar is a malaria area, as are most tropical destinations in the world, and you should take advice from your doctor at home regarding what malaria tablets to take. It is also a good idea to bring a mosquito repellent for use in the evenings. If you follow the above precautions you reduce the possibility of catching malaria to a minimum. The symptoms of flu are very similar to those of malaria and, in the weeks after your return home, should you have flu symptoms, inform your Doctor that you have been in the tropics. It may also be advisable to get some immunization before your visit and your doctor at home will be able to help you with this.
There are no legally required vaccinations for Zanzibar or Tanzania and as from April 2001 visitors heading off to Tanzania are no longer required to provide mandatory certification for yellow fever before entry into the country. If you have a previous stay in a country where yellow fever is required, you may be required to show your certificate.