Physical rating - Light
Next trip 16/06/2019
all meals included
Max 14 people
pick the suitable bag for you
About this project:
Like many African countries Tanzania and Zanzibar struggle with its health care system in many ways. Even though Zanzibar is semi-autonomous it struggles with the same challenges as the mainland of Tanzania. Due to an insufficient government system, corruption by government officials, inadequate facilities and lacking resources health care is challenging for most of Zanzibar’s people. Medicationcan be hard to come by and basic services can require long waiting days to be helped. Get more details and consultation for medical volunteer in Tanzania and volunteering opportunities.
Zanzibar, being an island with a 95% Muslim population, faces challenges regarding early arranged marriages and therefore teen pregnancies, a taboo on the subject of HIV/AIDS and women’s health. Health care on Zanzibar is also challenging, as equipment and facilities available are mostly old and outdated and/or not adequate for the needs of the hospitals and its patients. Get more details and consultation for medical volunteer in Tanzania and volunteering opportunities.
Your role as a volunteer will be primarily to assist the medical staff on duty. This can differ depending on what level of expertise you have, and
for students, will be different then for qualified
nurses or doctors. Expect a challenge; that is why
you are coming. Volunteers in the past have delivered babies, taken blood, changed dressings, assisted with minor surgery and other activities that you would possible not be involved in if you stayed back home. It can be challenging, so volunteers with a healthy doses of independence and flexibility will enjoy this experience of learning how health care works in Tanzania. Get more details and consultation for medical volunteer in Tanzania and volunteering opportunities.
Programs offered :
The Khaya Medical Project on Zanzibar offers volunteers the possibility to assist in 2 hospitals in a variety of medical disciplines, for both students as qualified nurses and doctors. The following departments are available for volunteers:
Volunteers, depending on their background and field of expertise, can assist in:
Project needs :
Any possible gifts and donations provided by volunteers and their network of people are extremely appreciated. Instead of collecting goods and materials beforehand, it is recommended to purchase and donate this on location. Some of the biggest needs are sterile needles, dressings, wound creams, gloves, sanitizers and syringes.
As no day will be the same, expect the unexpected. You will assist with variety of medical services where needed the most. Your personal input and experience will create a situation where you can find those activities suiting you best, and where your support makes the biggest impact.
Expect however to assist with general medical care and more specialized work relating to your background and capability. Volunteers have assisted with changing dressings, handing out medication, giving injections, taking blood, assisting with deliveries and even minor surgeries, so be open-minded, and during your first days of work you will see where you will slot in best.
Very important is that you keep communicating in a respectful way, things will not always be what you expected or what you are qualified to do; discuss this with your supervisor and look at ways to make changes if you like, without demanding this; you are here to help.
Depending on the season and weather, you will work generally 5 days a week from 8h00-15h00 with weekends off to explore the island or to assist the mobile clinic of course.
You will get general guidance from our volunteer coordinator during your stay on Zanzibar, and more specific daily guidance during working hours from one of the hospital staff. The coordinator will meet the group upon arrival and accompany them to their accommodation and offer a first introduction to Zanzibar. He will also take you to the project on your first day and look after you during your voluntary period. The coordinators will help you with all your questions and will provide support when needed. Your part to keep communication with him on-going and to express your needs or questions is very important.
Within the hospitals, you will be supervised by professionals with extensive experience, who will try to offer the best guidance possible, within the possibilities of huge work pressure and caseloads. Working with local staff can be challenging, creating language barriers and different expectations from both parties. It is important to communicate openly and with patience and respect towards the local circumstances.
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.
Please note all medical volunteering will be charged with an additional compulsory donation as set by local government of 100 USD per week. This amount will be added to your fees and will paid to the hospital before your arrival on Zanzibar.
Also remember that you will need a Tourist Permit which costs 50 USD upon arrival and a Work Permit which is an additional 200 USD, 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.
Costs will cover the following:
Volunteers have the option to start or finish with their project at any given time. Group volunteering starts from 1 week and up to 4 weeks.
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.
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 Khaya 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 theseafront 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 minutes travel, 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 beautiful beach 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 for the order.
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.
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.
Education and awareness are vital in preventing HIV spread and obviously avoidance of activities and behaviours that can transmit HIV.
HIV can be transmitted by unprotected sexual intercourse; Mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy, at the time of birth and through breastfeeding; intravenous injection of infected blood. HIV cannot be transmitted by salvia, sweat, urine or faeces. It cannot be transmitted by touching, hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing food utensils, towels, bedding, baths, swimming pools, telephones or toilet seats.
- Ensure that your clothing is modest when you are not on the beach. Women should not show too much of their legs and chest, and topless sunbathing is really discouraged.
- If you are diving or snorkelling, you may be tempted to collect some pretty shells from Zanzibar's many coral reefs. Please do not, as this kills entire reefs, the devastating effects of which can be seen in the well-trodden areas of the East African coast. Although there are shell sellers, you are asked not to buy shells from them, as it simply encourages this harmful industry.
- Zanzibar is an amazingly photogenic place but if you want to take photographs of people,
please ask for their permission first out of respect for them.
-If you are not Muslim do not enter any of Zanzibar's mosques.
- Keep in mind that your safety comes with your own behaviour and looking after your personal items. Lock your room if possible, give valuables to the coordinators to keep for you and be aware of your surroundings.
- Zanzibar is alluring to many different tourist and many women from the west will find their African lovers here.
- Be aware of the smooth talking beach boys that you will encounter andcan organize everything for ‘free’ for you or very cheap, there usually is a price to paysomewhere down the line.