ZANZIBAR: Marine Conservation Volunteer Project

Zanzibar Marine Conservation volunteer project
Zanzibar Marine Conservation volunteer project

At Go Volunteer Africa, we help you find and apply for the perfect marine conservation volunteer project in Zanzibar. Our Zanzibar Marine Conservation volunteer project focuses on dolphin and turtle conservation and research. We’re Africa’s leading volunteer and travel organization–we partner with, and vet, the organizations supplying these projects. So, you only need to search in one place, and you can be sure you are getting a trusted travel experience.

Through our Zanzibar marine conservation volunteer project we are offering dolphin conservation and research in Nungwi, northern Zanzibar and turtle conservation and research in Kizimkazi Mkunguni, southern, Zanzibar. On this Zanzibar marine conservation volunteer project you will assist our local team to collect information on marine-life, monitor dolphins and turtles and so many other roles and activities.


  • Beach conservation
  • Dolphin and turtles research
  • Data collection
  • Local marine conservation outreaches
  • Monitoring the dolphins
  • Observation of whales during whale season (June to October)
  • Creating awareness through pamphlets and guidelines.

Volunteers working on this Zanzibar marine conservation volunteer project spend their morning working directly with the project and afternoon are spent on boat rides for marine research activities. Volunteers can also help to teach local tour guides English and develop marine conservation education materials which help educate schools, locals and future volunteers about marine conservation.


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.


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 from Arusha will meet you on arrival at Airport. This airport services numerous international carriers. Zanzibar has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.


Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Zanzibar you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.


Situated just off the Tanzanian coast in East Africa, Zanzibar is a fascinating archipelago with a deeply embedded history, an intriguing blend of cultures and stunningly beautiful beaches and sea life.

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.

Zanzibar Town, known by its old name of Stone Town (declared a world heritage site by UNESCO), is the capital of the archipelago. With a unique mix of Indian, Arab, and African mainland influences, its mesmerising culture permeates the main islands. The old Stone Town, with its narrow alleys winding amongst bustling markets and mosques, boasts amazingly crafted large wooden doors, which can be admired for hours.

Volunteers will spend their time in Nungwi or Kizimkazi depending on your choice of engagement and available placements. Both communities are stretched along the coastline, with stunning white sandy beaches where it will seem like you can walk forever.  Here you will find communities operating at a leisurely pace in the sunny tropical climate.

You will witness incredible sunrises and enjoy the warm waters, but more importantly gain a deep insight into life on the island and an array of experiences you will treasure for a long time.

The duties carried out by volunteers will contribute greatly to work across various marine conservation initiatives in Zanzibar.  Volunteers can also help local team with beach cleansing, coral reef surveys, painting etc.

Volunteers sleep in shared same-gender basic and comfortable rooms in our volunteer house alongside the local village. Volunteer in Zanzibar with Africa’s leading volunteer travel organization- Go Volunteer Africa.

At Go Volunteer Africa, we make our volunteers feel that they belong. If you choose Go Volunteer Africa to organize your volunteering experience, you will feel secure and well-informed. You will also feel that you belong to the project you decide to work with, as Go Volunteer Africa fits the right people to the right projects.


Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Zanzibar volunteering program.


Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Zanzibar. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.


Volunteers are provided accommodation in a beautiful coastal volunteer house accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.


Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!


Visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. Almost all that are not visa exempt may obtain a visa on arrival. Visa must be paid with notes of USD 50 or USD 100. The length of stay is determined at ports of entry.

All volunteers are required to apply for class “C” resident permit in Tanzania after your arrival in Tanzania and this is your responsibility. You will enter Tanzania with a tourist visa and apply the permit next day. You must apply the permit in the Immigration Bureau in Dar Es salaam, Arusha or Zanzibar city. Our country coordinator in Tanzania will help you during the application process.


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.


Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Zanzibar/Tanzania has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!


Availability:  Project open all year round
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment
Arrival: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
Accommodation: Volunteer house
Daily Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing Excluded in program cost
Location: Zanzibar
Language: English
Support:  Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7


2 Weeks
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a day
Airport Pickup
In-country Emergency Support
Conservation Permit
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
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Any Extra Week
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Emergency Support
Conservation Permit
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
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Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us