Tanzania - Dolphin and Marine Conservation
Join this tropical island project and get involved with marine conservation, community work, and education (and enjoy amazing tropical fruit and beaches!). Zanzibar is a fascinating archipelago with a deeply embedded history, an intriguing blend of cultures, and stunningly beautiful beaches and sea life.
|Location of Project||You will live in Jambiani and work mainly in Kizimkazi|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Zanzibar International Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Monitoring and researching dolphins and whales|
|Number of Participants||Up to 6 international volunteers|
|Age||17 - 70|
|Accommodation||Shared accommodation in beach bungalows in Jambiani|
|Food||3 meals a day|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included on arrival and departure day|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Orientation||All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
What's Not Included
This project takes place in Zanzibar - just off the Tanzanian coast in East Africa. Zanzibar is renowned for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, it is also home to many historical monuments, Chumbe Island Marine Reserve and Jozani Forest, where the indigenous Red-colobus monkey can be found. The south coast offers you the chance to swim with dolphins in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
About the Project
The main focus of our marine conservation project will be to monitor the dolphins and human-dolphin interaction.
Kizimkazi is a small fishing village located in the Menai Bay Conservation Area south-west of Zanzibar. Menai Bay is home to a number of famous sea life, including different species of birds, fish, and dolphins (including bottlenose dolphins and humpback dolphins). There are also two species of whales during whale season of June to November.
The dolphins, particularly the friendly bottlenose dolphins which are present during the whole year, have become a major tourist attraction. Tourists go out in fishing boats to see these dolphins, and often jump into the water to swim with them. Though friendly, the dolphins can sometimes be surrounded by up to 20 boats chasing after them, and this can cause them stress, particularly when they are feeding or nursing.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
- Monitoring the dolphins for various research purposes (i.e. behavior, feeding, daily habits, reaction to humans, numbers, photos of dolphin pods)
- Monitoring tourist numbers (to get daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal figures)
- Monitoring tourist-dolphin interaction
- Research and monitoring of whales during whale season (June to September)
- Research and monitoring of other specific types of fish
- Research on women coastal activities such as bivalve collection, coconut husk burying, rope making and seaweed farming
- Monitoring of curio collection and sea cucumber collection
- Assisting research students with their research
- Teaching English and other potential languages to the local tour guides
- Helping to develop and maintain a local resource centre in Kizimkazi with information on dolphins, whales, sharks and other types of fish; the local marine eco-system; and local marine conservation. This resource centre is for tourists, schools around the island, locals and future volunteers.
- Working with the Menai Bay Conservation Area office on various marine conservation and research projects.
The rest of your time as a volunteer will be spent getting involved in helping the local community, doing things like beach cleans, village cleans, planting trees, painting, and supporting local community groups.
A typical day:
Here is how a typical day in the life of a volunteer might take shape. Please note that your itineraries may differ from this, depending on your own experience/interests and the number of other volunteers on the placement at the same time. This is merely to give an example from Monday to Friday:
- 6:00 am: Rise and shine! Depart volunteer base
- 6:30 - 8:30 am: Early morning boat rides to monitor tourist activities, with particular emphasis on human-dolphin interaction
- 8:30 - 9:30 am: Breakfast
- 9:30 - 12:00 pm: Depending on tides and seasons, you will undertake a range of activities
- 12:00 - 2:00 pm: Lunch break!
- 2:00 - 3:30 pm: Data entry and analysis
- 3:30 - 5:00 pm: Boat ride
- 5:00 pm: Return to volunteer base
- 6:30 pm: Dinner
In the evenings volunteers discuss their day amongst each other whilst having supper together and prepare for the project the next day. You will have Saturdays and Sundays off to do any tourist activities or to rest from your week of volunteering.
Accommodations: volunteers stay in Jambiani at the project base in shared accommodation with other volunteers. You will be based in beach bungalows in the local village. The bungalows are set just off the beach, but one can see the ocean from the front door and the beach/sea is literally on the doorstep.
* Please Note: There is NO HOT WATER for showering - most places in Zanzibar do not have hot water. Water is a precious commodity in Zanzibar and should be used sparingly.
Laundry: weekly laundry service during your stay (please note you will need to wash your own underwear).
Internet: Internet facilities are available in town for $1.65 USD.
During your stay you will have the opportunity to enjoy some incredible attractions in the surrounding areas such as Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, the famous Serengeti National Park, the unique Ngorongoro Crater, and climbing the mighty Kilimanjaro! Zanzibar and Tanzania offer a variety of tours and safari options, which are perfect for a weekend getaway or a pre/post project safari. Most activities are priced all-inclusive providing transport, transfers, accommodation, guide and driver, park entry fees, etc. Our office in Zanzibar will be happy to assist you in exploring what your activity options are.
- Incredible snorkeling and scuba diving off Zanzibar island
- Sports on the beach
- Jozani Forest – Red Colobus Monkey
- Swimming with Dolphins at Kizimkazi
- Stone Town City Tour, Spice Tour, Prison Island
- Having meals with a local family in a local way
- Enjoying a tropical BBQ on the beach
- Min. age 17
- Must be able to swim
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Immunizations (please consult your doctor - the area is a malaria zone)
- Police clearance form