Best Affordable Volunteer in Zanzibar Opportunities

Go Volunteer Africa offers a broad range of volunteer projects in Zanzibar aimed at improving the living standards of the local people on this island. Volunteer opportunities in Zanzibar range from working at a local orphanage/children centre, teaching English, marine conservation or helping at a local hospital for medical professionals.

If you are looking for more than just a beach holiday or sunbathing, then Go Volunteer Africa can offer you the best affordable volunteer project in Zanzibar. Our Family volunteer vacations are the most popular programs in Zanzibar.


Go Volunteer Africa is the number one most trusted organization offering affordable volunteer placements in Zanzibar; we have been offering meaningful volunteer opportunities in Zanzibar for the last five years.


Volunteer in Zanzibar opportunities are for anyone interested in contributing to meaningful sustainable development projects across the island, to improve on the living standards of local people.  Volunteer placements in Zanzibar give you an opportunity to discover the exotic islands of this archipelago whilst giving back to the locals who call it their home.


Go Volunteer Africa offers 4 main areas of volunteer programs in Zanzibar: Nursing/Dental/Medical Electives, Education/Teaching, Childcare/Orphanage work and Marine Conservation.


For anyone interested in teaching volunteer work in Zanzibar you can teach English, geography, mathematics and physical education (games and sports) at community schools in Zanzibar.


For those dreaming of spending their time soaking up the sun, living on the spectacular coast and helping whales, dolphins and other wildlife species, well you can turn this into a reality by joining our marine conservation projects in Zanzibar. 


If you are a skilled healthcare professional then volunteering on Go Volunteer Africa' medical projects in Zanzibar can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! These placements are perfect if you are currently training for a career, or you are already working in this industry. 


You can also help daycare, orphanage and school staff in daily jobs such as feeding, cleaning, clothing, teaching and playing games with the children. Our Childcare and Orphanage Volunteer work in Zanzibar program focuses on providing children with a healthy learning environment through interactive games and stories. 



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§  Community education (Outreaches & Sensitization seminars)

§  Environmental/Wildlife Conservation & awareness workshops

§  Nursing/Dental/Medical Electives

§  Education (Teaching nursery, primary and high schools)

§  Arranging extracurricular childcare activities

§  Youth/Women Development Initiatives


Your day to day involvement will depend upon the main focus of the program you choose at the time of your visit, however, Go Volunteer Africa's marine conservation volunteers will be working with local scientists and conservationists monitoring wildlife, cleaning beaches, assisting research, working with local communities and also going out into the ocean to see whales and dolphins up close. 


Volunteers working on a childcare and orphanage program will also be involved in various games and learning exercises to create interest in developing the children’s physical health and potential. As childcare & orphanage volunteer in Zanzibar, you will have to play a significant role by providing the children with proper care, love and warmth.


For medical volunteers, you will be asked to provide proof of education and qualifications especially on skilled placements. 


A member of staff from our local partner organization in Zanzibar will meet you on arrival at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport or Ferry docking station- Stone town in Zanzibar and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.


Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. The international airport service numerous international carriers including the national airline Air Tanzania. Tanzania/Zanzibar has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.



Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized at weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the exotic Zanzibar. There is a lot to see and do in Zanzibar.





§  Pre-departure support & documentation

§  Travel & medical advice & documentation

§  Advice on visas & equipment advice




§  Project orientation

§  Accommodation

§  3 meals a day

§  Airport pickup

§  In-country emergency support

§  24-hour HQ backup

§  Free GVA t-shirt



  • Immerse yourself in this exotic island & engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods
  • Prove the living standards of local people
  • Make friends for life



Airport pickup/Ferry Dock pickup


Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family



Cost (USD$)


1 week


§  Placement Booking & Confirmation

§  Pre-departure support & documentation

§  T-shirt

§  Project orientation

§  Accommodation

§  Three meals a day

§  Airport pickup

§  In-country emergency support

§  24-hour international HQ back-up


2 weeks


3 weeks


4 weeks


5 weeks


6 weeks


7 weeks

$ 2275

8 weeks


9 weeks

$ 2775

10 weeks

$ 2975

Marine Conservation

$ contact us for quote.



Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.


Visas and Work Permits: The United Republic of Tanzania, a member of the East African Community, allows citizens of all African countries to obtain a visa on arrival. Citizens of most other countries are urged to obtain a visa prior to entry to Tanzania to avoid any possible inconvenience at point of entry in Tanzania. Volunteers need a Tourist Visa to enter Tanzania; you can get it at the Tanzania airport. Once in the country all volunteers must apply for a “Volunteer Permit”. All participants in the Tanzania program must secure a permit to volunteer. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months with at least one empty page. 

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Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.


Marine Conservation: For those interested in getting involved in the marine volunteering program, contact us for details and cost.


To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.


Go Volunteer Africa programs are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organizations, local research institutes, academic organizations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.


We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and programs and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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