Volunteering in Zanzibar- Taking in the sights, taking pictures, taking a ferry, taking your time … no wonder they call it taking a vacation. Instead of always taking something away when you travel, why not give something back? There’s no better cultural immersion than to earn respect by working side by side with locals.

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.

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.

You’d like to combine sightseeing with the opportunity to roll up your sleeves, you’d like to volunteer in Zanzibar but don’t have more than a few days or weeks, you want to make a difference and give something back, you want to see and experience something different without missing out on the highlights, then you should check out what our volunteering in Zanzibar opportunity has to offer.

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.

Volunteering in Zanzibar with Go Volunteer Africa can be extremely rewarding, but it isn’t all hard work, as these volunteer tours and vacations are combined with seeing some of Zanzibar’s awesome sights. Experience the color and culture of Zanzibar on this unique volunteer adventure tour. Soak in the hospitality of Zanzibaris before exploring its beauty.

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime and explore several culture and tourism sites. Gain a unique perspective on local culture while volunteering with community projects that help bring education to the local people. Give a little of your time to Zanzibar and take away a truly immersive experience that few travelers encounter.


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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.

The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site. Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. Its winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace.

Although it is officially part of Tanzania, in almost all aspects—politics, religion, culture, food—life there is different. Zanzibar isn’t like the Tanzania mainlandZanzibar’s reputation as an island paradise is not an exaggeration- the island is beautiful.

Most Zanzibaris consider themselves Zanzibari rather than Tanzanian, and their territory has its own leader and governing bodies. Mainland Tanzania is a mix of Christian, Muslim, and indigenous groups, but Zanzibar, which the Sultanate of Oman ruled for centuries, is almost entirely Muslim.

Capital: Zanzibar City (Population: 415,875)

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TSH) $1 = 2343TSH / £1 = 3063TSH (2019)

Population: 2,040,000 (approx)

Official languages: Swahili, Arabic and English

Area: 2,332 sq km

International Calling Code: +255

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.

Zanzibar is a paradise with soft-sand, white beaches and shimmering azure waters. If you are a beach or sun lover and you have a thing for snorkeling, Zanzibar is your destination. But, the Zanzibar Archipelago is so much more than romantic coastlines and blissful sunsets – these islands offer a kaleidoscope of sights, smells and tastes which feed your soul and leave you wanting to return again.

Go Volunteer Africa's specialization in Zanzibar, helps us to organize budget friendly volunteer vacations, honeymoon volunteer holidays and culture immersion experiences. We combine volunteering and holidays with expert local knowledge and contacts to ensure your adventure are an unparalleled one.

Unlike other destinations where we accept volunteers anytime of the month, in Zanzibar, placements begin on the 1st and 15th of every month and range from 1 to 4 weeks and we can only accept 10 volunteers at any given time. Once we hit 10 bookings/arrivals on 1st of a particular month, we shall request you to join our 15th arrivals if space is still available.

Go Volunteer Africa offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Zanzibar, and these are teaching, childcare and women empowerment, photography or healthcare projects etc. If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer in Africa for a short or long stay, Zanzibar is an ideal destination. Programs are perfect if you want to do something more than sightseeing and would like to see more than the average tourist and truly start to understand this distinctive culture.


  • The program is open all year-round
  • Start and end dates (1st and 15th of every month)
  • Projects are based across the island with major locations being Zanzibar city
  • Accommodation available at host families
  • We host only 10 volunteers at any given time
  • Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!

You will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people, animals and the environment. Volunteering in Zanzibar  and helping people is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseing activities you will get to do in your spare time.

Go Volunteer Africa's volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. Volunteers working in Zanzibar are housed at our in-country Coordinator’s home, host family or volunteer dormitory. All accommodation environments allows volunteers to meet other travelers and to get to know each other better outside the work-site and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

The accommodations of course are clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home. The African and western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The accommodation is always equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones, and spare electricity sockets. Life at the accommodations facilities is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!

You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry. The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes, using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Some typical Zanzibar foods include wali (rice), Coconut Bean Soup, Mchuzi wa pweza (Octopus Curry), Ndizi Kaanga – Fried Plantain, Biryani ya Zanzibar, Zanzibar Spice Pilau Rice, Wali Na Maharage, ugali (maize porridge), chapati (a kind of bread), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), samaki (fish), pilau, biriyani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarkets in town.


Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.


Day trips and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous spice island. 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 rural, slum, semi-urban & engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods
  • Improve the living standards of local people
  • Make friends for life

Transport: Airport pickup
Accommodation: Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family

All international flights land in  Zanzibar City. If your flight takes you into Dar es Salaam rather than to Zanzibar, you can opt to take a ferry or flight to the island.

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Zanzibar will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the host family or volunteer dorm which will be your base for volunteering.

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

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