Volunteering in Zanzibar! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization in Africa welcomes you to Zanzibar. Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating history, incredible nature, enchanting sunset and magnificent beaches, altogether embraced by the scent of exotic spices. If you are looking for a peaceful yet active escape, Zanzibar is the perfect place for your memorable volunteering experience.
One of the main reasons people choose Zanzibar is the climate – not many islands in the world compare to this with warm weather, stunning ocean and beautiful beaches. Go Volunteer Africa organizes and offers low cost volunteer opportunities in Zanzibar for families, small groups, seniors & retired volunteers, solo and students.
Our Zanzibar volunteer programs provides you with a unique opportunity to experience real Zanzibar. A mixture of volunteer work in Zanzibar, meeting and interacting with local people and helping disadvantaged communities. Our development partner NGOs looking for volunteers in Zanzibar have volunteer opportunities in every corner of Zanzibar.
VOLUNTEERING IN ZANZIBAR PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
- Coach sports and games
- Teach English languages
- Take up a medical care job
- Work with childcare projects
- Work with our arts and culture projects
- Work with women empowerment projects
- Get involved in our marine conservation project
- Get involved in our environment conservation project
The options are endless in Zanzibar; pick one you’re passionate about and leave the land, animals or people better off than before you arrived. The bonus is you may find you take away more from your travel than ever before. All of our volunteer projects in Zanzibar have been formulated by our team, to give our self funding volunteers the most meaningful of experiences.
ZANZIBAR FAST FACTS
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland Tanzania, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island.
Zanzibar province united with Tanganyika in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre, Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.
Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania’s Mafia Island, are sometimes referred to locally as the “Spice Islands”. Tourism in Zanzibar is a more recent activity, driven by government promotion that caused an increase from 19,000 tourists in 1985, to 376,000 in 2016. The islands are accessible via 5 ports and the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, which can serve up to 1.5 million passengers per year.
Zanzibar’s marine ecosystem is an important part of the economy for fishing and algaculture and contains important marine ecosystems that act as fish nurseries for Indian Ocean fish populations. Moreover, the land ecosystem is the home of the endemic Zanzibar red colobus, the Zanzibar servaline genet, and the extinct or rare Zanzibar leopard. Pressure from the tourist industry and fishing as well as larger threats such as sea level rise caused by climate change are creating increasing environmental concerns throughout the region.
WHY VOLUNTEER IN ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar poverty line fell from 34.9% in 2009 to 30.4% in 2015 and 25.7% in 2019. There is a significant difference in the poverty rate between rural and urban areas, with poverty seeing relatively more decline in urban areas, where poverty levels were already lower.
Zanzibar’s economy is dominated by the services sector, led by tourism activities. Tourism contributes an estimated 27% to its GDP and about 80% of its foreign exchange earnings. The numbers of jobs directly or indirectly linked to the tourism sector are estimated at 60,000 out of a total of 600,000 people who appear to be employed on the islands.
However, Zanzibar’s tourism sector is facing several challenges common to many small island economies, including weak linkages within the local economy, inadequate institutional and technical capabilities to make the tourism sector more inclusive, and a shortage of trained and specialized personnel.
Go Volunteer Africa is catering for people who would like to combine sightseeing with the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and volunteer to make a difference in Zanzibar. While having a holiday in Zanzibar brings wonderful experiences, our volunteer program in Zanzibar allows you to give something back to the places you visit.
Not only this is a great way to scratch below the ‘tourism surface’, but you’ll also make a real difference to communities at grassroots, and we’re sure you will make some special friends at the same time. Gain a unique perspective on local culture while volunteering with community projects that help bring education and healthcare to the local people.
Go Volunteer Africa is the best volunteer organization in Zanzibar offers a variety of gap year, internship and volunteer opportunities in many different sectors for the passionate travelers. Whether you already have training in a particular field or would like to gain experience, there are many projects run in Zanzibar that would gladly take your passion and support.
ZANZIBAR VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
ZANZIBAR: Teaching Volunteer Work
ZANZIBAR: Orphanage Volunteer Work
ZANZIBAR: Healthcare Volunteering Project
ZANZIBAR: Women Empowerment Volunteer Work
HOW TO APPLY
To start the process fill Volunteer application form and submit it for consideration and book your placement. For more information on how to get enrolled for the volunteering experience of a lifetime contact us. Or Give us a call | WhatsApp | Telegram | Viber | Imo at +254-796-786292 to talk to a Program Specialist.