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Project Description

During your time on this programme you will be located in a friendly rural village called Jambiani on Zanzibar Island – a fascinating archipelago just off the coast of Tanzania. Your project base is located on the amazingly beautiful beach. It is a great place to soak up the sun, have a swim, read a book or enjoy some beach games. Sunrises across the warm Indian Ocean are magnificent!

As a volunteer you will work with local teachers to provide fun interactive classes. You will teach nursery children basic English vocabulary, handwriting and teamwork skills. Class sizes can be big which makes the assistance of our volunteers incredibly valuable as they give the children more one-on-one guidance and attention during their lessons.
You will also be giving English language lessons to members of the local community which will improve employment opportunities, and to assist the locals with obtaining jobs in the local tourist industry which has huge potential on Zanzibar island.

You will work with a local women’s group, teaching them English and working with them on health, education and income generation programmes.

Location Highlights

Zanzibar is a fascinating place filled with pristine beaches, luxurious resorts, exotic wildlife and the cultural melting pot of Stone Town. It is a very diverse place with warm and welcoming people and a very different culture to mainland Tanzania. It truly is African Impacts most beautiful destination! As well as the numerous beaches, resorts and islands that you can enjoy on boat trips from Jambiani, Stone Town offers a unique insight into the history and culture of Zanzibar.

With a mix of European, African, Asian and Arabic culture, it’s an eye-opening place to spend the afternoon exploring the narrow alleyways, old architecture or just sipping on a cold drink on a roof-top terrace bar as the sun slowly goes down.

The Work You'll Be Doing

Teaching in Local Nursery Schools

Volunteers work with local teachers to provide fun interactive classes to teach the children basic motor skills, arts and crafts and English. Volunteers follow lesson plans that allow for some creative freedom. Lessons include nursery rhymes, reward and recognition programmes and always fun classroom games.

Young Adult Classes

Tourism is considered to be the sector with the highest job potential in Zanzibar. Our aim is to teach English and to educate adults by giving them skills to find employment in the tourism sector. By doing this, we aim to reduce poverty, improve education, empower the youth, address the issues of gender inequality and educate the communities on the need for environmental responsibility.

Community Involvement

Volunteers also get involved in community programmes in the village.  This includes assisting in improving educational facilities within the community by doing any repairs or maintenance that need to be done at the schools and African Impact’s community education center.

What Else Will I Be Involved In?

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to raise awareness on current community and environmental issues. You will play an active role in activities such as beach clean-ups, health awareness, workshops, building eco-bricks for the building of the Educational Centre in the village, planting trees, gardening, as well as supporting the community.

Why Should You Join?


  • Alongside a great project team, help provide education support to children, young adults and women within the community
  • Become part of this welcoming beach community
  • Create exciting educational games as well as sports for nursery school children to help with their important development
  • Assist in improving educational facilities within the community to help improve the learning environment for the children in the village
  • Have the chance to try a new language and learn some Swahili
  • Empower the local women of Jambiani by working together on education, health and income generating projects



  • Live and work in a picturesque beach-side fishing village
  • Snorkel and scuba dive in some of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs
  • Adventure through Jozani Forest, canoe through mangroves and search for red colobus monkeys
  • Enjoy sunset BBQs on the beach
  • Experience the culture and traditional way of life by enjoying a home-cooked meal with local families
  • Explore the rich heritage of Zanzibar by visiting the historical Stone Town city and enjoying the famous Spice Tour
  • Make friends for life with the other international volunteers!

During your free time, you can enjoy some incredible attractions around the island, as well as go on safari to the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks, which are perfect for a weekend getaway or a pre/post project trip on the mainland. You could even climb the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro!

Here are a few suggestions of things to do:

  • Go snorkeling and scuba diving off Zanzibar Island’s coast.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town on a city tour or the famous Spice Tour.
  • Stay in a jungle lodge in Zala Park Conservation Area and get to know the local wildlife.
  • Enjoy stunning sunsets and BBQs on the beach.
  • Water sports lovers can enjoy kite surfing, paddle boarding and surfing.
  • Head out on a Safari Blue Island Tour, snorkel and tuck into a picnic lunch.
  • Experience a Full Moon Party in Kendwa Rocks.
  • Challenge yourself on a 5-day trek up Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro. That’s one to write home about!
  • Visit the best safari destinations in the world, whether it be the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater or Amboseli National Park.


Duration: 2 – 8 weeks

Countries: Kenya

Experiences: Volunteering

Ages: 17 and up (17 with parental permission.  Over 60 requires medical certificate)

Experience Requirements:

  • Genuine love and concern for people and the environment
  • Enthusiasm, and interest in wildlife and the natural environment
  • Good understanding of English
  • You must be in good physical health, as you will be expected to participate in physical activities
  • Ability to work as part of a team, be flexible and cooperative
  • You must be able to swim!

Project Starts: Every Other Monday during selected dates

Dates: 12 & 26 March | 9 & 23 April | 7 & 21 May | 4 & 18 June | 2, 16 & 30 July | 13 & 27 August | 10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October | 5 & 19 November | 3 December (2 weeks maximum stay on last arrival date)

2 weeks – $1,524.00
3 weeks – $1,935.00
4 weeks – $2,345.00
5 weeks – $2,755.00
6 weeks – $3,165.00
7 weeks – $3,575.00
8 weeks – $3,985.00
9 weeks – $4,395.00
10 weeks – $4,805.00
11 weeks – $5,215.00
12 weeks – $5,625.00

A Typical Volunteer Week

Mon AM: Cycle to your nursery school to teach English.  After serving porridge to the kids at break time, you will move on to teach English at your second nursery class.

PM: Teach English to young adults at our Community Education Centre

Evening: Time to relax after a day of volunteering.

Tues AM: Cycle to your nursery school to teach English.  After serving porridge to the kids at tea time, you will move on to teach English at your second nursery class.

PM: Teach English to young adults at our Community Education Centre.

Evening: Presentation on the Charity (THAF) that supports our projects in Zanzibar

Wed AM: Teaching English at one nursery school, then lesson prep for nursery school

PM: Teach English to young adults at our Community Education Centre.

Evening: Local meal at a local home in the village. ($4 – $7)

Thu AM: Cycle to your nursery school to teach English.  After serving porridge to the kids at break time, you will move on to teach English at your second nursery class.

PM: Teach English to young adults at our Community Education Centre

Evening: Event Evening – games evening arranged by volunteers.

Fri AM: Community Projects! This can include: planting trees, repairing and maintaining schools, beach clean-ups, working in the gardens, or sports activities with the nursery school children.   It also includes some prep time for adult lessons the following week.

PM: Free time after 2.30pm

Evening: Time to relax after a day of volunteering.

Sat – Sun You will also have Saturdays and Sundays “off” to explore and enjoy the many tourist activities in the area.

Activities in Zanzibar: Incredible snorkeling off Zanzibar Island’s coral reefs, Search for Red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest, Do a Stone Town City or Spice Tour, Watch the tropical sunsets and have a BBQ on the beach.

Please contact us if you have any questions!


Jambiani is a stunning, safe beach location where you will have the opportunity to explore village life and the beautiful beach dotted with palm trees. You can swim in the turquoise warm waters, or visit some of the many beachfront resorts, restaurants and cafes to sit back and have a cold drink! Strolling around Jambiani you will constantly hear the phrase Karibu (‘you are welcome’), which sums-up island life.

Your marine dolphin research is based in the peaceful fishing village of Kizimkazi, where you will spend most of your days. Just over an hour’s drive away from Jambiani is the historical trading city of Stone Town. Wander down the cobbled alleyways – along twists and turns – that will lead you to a fascinating mix of African, Arabic, Indian and European culture. Step back in time to experience the heart and soul of this enchanting island.

You will be staying at our volunteer house in the picturesque Jambiani village, directly on the beach. There is no better place to wake up and watch the sunrise over the Indian Ocean! We offer shared en-suite accommodation with a balcony overlooking the sea. Our Project Coordinators live on the premises to provide you with all the support you need and our team of excellent chefs cook you three delicious meals a day.


  Airport Collection and drop off on arrival and departure

Internet is available at the house for a cost of 3000 Tanzanian shillings per hour. A free hour is provided on your arrival

$5USD (10,000 Tanzanian Shillings) – undergarments NOT included. Facilities provided for own-washing at no cost

All your daily transport to the project sites

3 freshly cooked meals a day

A full-time housekeeping service and 24-hour support

Volunteers stay in shared airy rooms with up to 4 volunteers per rooms.
Roof and portable fans provided

A great experience with the opportunity to make new friends!


Items of a personal nature, personal insurances, visas and gratuities


Optional extra activities, not specified above

Optional Tours and Trips

Stone Town Tours

City Tour – half day guided walking tour of the city. Price: $15 per person

Spice Tour – half day guided tour of Spice Farm; incl.transport, guide, fresh fruit tasting & entrance fee. Price: $25 per person

Prison Island – A ‘must-do’ boat trip for snorkeling, beach lounging, and petting giant tortoises. Price: $25 per person

Safari Blue Island Tour

One of the most popular tours. Full day tour including dhow & ngalaw boat sailing, snorkeling gear, swimming in a lagoon, fresh fruit, seafood buffet lunch, and return transport Price: $70 per person

Scuba Diving Course or Trip

Get qualified with a PADI Open Water course and dive some of Zanzibar’s colorful coral reefs that are teeming with marine life. Buccaneer Diving offer 15% discounts for volunteers.

Price: Around $500 for a 3-day course Already qualified? book a single dive from around $70

Jozani Forest Tour

One of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world to see red-colobus monkeys and Zanzibar’s first national park. Get up-close-and-personal with Zanzibar’s exotic wildlife! Price: $10 entrance fee

Zala Park Jungle Lodge

Spend the night in this ecological lodge after kayaking through the mangrove forest and waking up to the call of nature. Choose between a jungle or mangrove lodge but watch out for the bush babies! Price: $20 per person

Full Moon Party

Let your hair down for the weekend in Kendwa Rocks, as the full moon arrives, so do the party-goers. Party all night until the sun comes up! Price: $10 entrance fee

Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania boasts some of the best safari destinations anywhere in Africa! If you fancy swapping your board shorts or bikinis for hiking boots and binoculars after your project you are in the right place. Price: From $650 3 day camping safari

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