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Tanzania - Zanzibar Community Outreach

Volunteer in beautiful Jambiani and help the local community. Teach English, participate in community and environmental initiatives, and enjoy the stunning locale in and around this relaxing town on Zanzibar's southern coast.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectJambiani, Zanzibar
Project LengthMin 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks
Arrival AirportZanzibar International Airport
Volunteer WorkTeaching and community work
Number of ParticipantsUp to 14 international volunteers
Age17 - 70

What's Included

AccommodationShared dormatories in Jambiani
Food3 meals a day
Orientation KitFull project details will be sent following registration
TrainingAll necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival and departure day
Laundry Weekly laundry service
Transportation Daily transfers between accommodations and project site
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, and visa (approximately $300 USD).


Volunteers will spend most of their time in the gorgeous coastal town of Jambiani. Jambiani is located in southern Zanzibar and boasts gorgeous white sand beaches and picture perfect sunrises. Visitors will enjoy the warm waters and leisurely pace by which the town operates. Jambiani is only an hour drive from Zanzibar Town, the capital of the Zanzibar archipelago.


About the Project

This project is aimed at the development of Jambiani.  Volunteers can contribute to a number of different projects throughout town which help the local community, including working in the educational system and helping to strengthen and promote women's empowerment in the village. A special focus is given to teaching English to the local community and improving the fluency of children of all ages, as well as their teachers. 


Volunteer Work and Contribution

Volunteer Involvement in Local Pre-Schools:
While the educational system in the community is ill-equipped, the students understand the importance of education and have a very strong desire to learn. You will assist the local students and teachers by:
  • Teaching English to children, as well as their teachers
  • Developing the children's creative and motor skills through crafts such as painting, drawing, and coloring
  • Playing developmental games with the children
  • Helping to maintain and repair the facilities
If you are a fully qualified teacher and would like to get involved in a primary or secondary school in the area, please let us know and we will see if this is possible.
Adult English Classes:
The tourism industry is a sector with a lot of potential in Zanzibar. Volunteers will get involved in teaching English to adults from nearby villages to help them better communicate with tourists. Volunteers will also teach English to other community groups, including the local football team, teenagers, and local women’s groups.
A typical day:
At 8:30 am, you will cycle to your volunteer placement within Jambiani village where you can expect to work from about 9:00 am to 5:00pm, with a 1 to 2 hour break for lunch in the afternoon. After work, you can unwind on the beach or at an internet cafe. Dinner is served at 6:30, and in the evening volunteers can relax, play games and, on some nights, enjoy the activities scheduled by staff.
Fridays are usually occupied with a community project, such as planting trees, repairing or maintaining schools, cleaning the beach, working in the gardens or organizing sports activities with the nursery school children. It can also include some prep time for lessons the following week.
You will have Saturdays and Sundays off to do any tourist activities or to rest from your week of volunteering
Holidays: Please note that for the month of Ramadan and the 4 days of Eid, all school children will be on holiday and the schools will be closed so there will be NO volunteer work associated with the schools during this month. During school holidays, volunteer will take part in community projects which may include:
  • Community beautification through painting, repair work, building
  • Environmental maintenance work, such as litter pick-ups and planting trees
  • Creating school resources such as posters and lesson plans
  • Facilitating sports activities
For a detailed holiday schedule, please consult our placement coordinators.

Living Arrangements

Accommodations: You will stay in a volunteer house in Jambiani village, just a short walk away from the beach. The rooms are dormatory-style and single-gender, with 3-4 volunteers per room. Accommodations include mosquito nets, fans, bedding and housekeeping. The volunteer house is also equipped with a resource room where you can find and store project work and prepare lessons.
*Please Note: There is NO HOT WATER for showering (most places in Zanzibar do not have hot water).
Food:  Volunteers receive three meals a day. Breakfast usually consists of eggs, porridge, toast, fruit, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner include a mix of local and international food and are freshly prepared each day.
Laundry: Laundry service is provided for an additional fee.
Internet: Internet facilities are available in town for a small fee.


Travel Highlights

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 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. The project coordinators in Zanzibar will be happy to assist you in exploring these options:

  • Incredible snorkeling and scuba diving off Zanzibar island
  • Jozani Forest
  • Swimming with dolphins at Kizimkazi
  • Stone Town City Tour
  • Spice Tour
  • Tour of Prison Island

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 17
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
  • Police Clearance Form
  • Good level of English
  • Flexibility and open mindedness
  • High level of independence and emotional strength
  • Motivation to work with children


Here's an excerpt of Oriya's experience:



"The most important thing is that we did all these amazing things with a bunch of extraordinary people from all around the world and had unlimited support from the amazing staff...!"

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!


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