Trip Details

This cultural week in Zanzibar is for everyone a holiday with a difference, however, if you are volunteering with us this is a great add-on option before you begin your volunteering experience in Zanzibar.

Get to know Zanzibar! Explore the rich culture, the complex history, and meet amazing people who call this paradise island home.

This once independent island nation has actually put the “Zan” in what we now call Tanzania. As you learn more about this unique location you will enjoy the warmth of the weather and the local community. You will visit local sites and enjoy breathtaking views during this week-long introduction.

Get lost in the mesmerizing maze-like layout of Stone Town, glimpse the turtles of Prison Island and learn the history and culture of Zanzibar. This is an opportunity for exploration that will give you both insight and appreciation for Zanzibar, an island location known and loved for its spices and unique atmosphere.

This is where worlds and cultures combine to create a beautiful mosaic that encompasses, African, Arabic, Asian, and European influences. While perusing Stone Town, you may find that the door itself is even more interesting than what may be behind it. Enjoy the chance to be transported through time and lulled into peace as you relax on the beach. Then when the sun goes down, get into the rhythm of the Zanzibar nightlife.

There is so much to take in that your senses of smell, taste, sight and touch are all stimulated by the exotic nature of this truly remarkable place.

Trip Itinerary

Sunday

Airport pick up

Monday

Breakfast
Orientation
Swahili Language Lesson
Lunch
Walking tour visiting local shops near the accommodation
Dinner

Tuesday

Breakfast
Guided Stone Town City Tour with History
Lunch
Visit local market
Swahili food cooking lesson
Dinner

Wednesday

Breakfast
Swahili Language lesson
Lunch
Spice Farm experience
Swahili house visit
Changuu island experience
Dinner

Thursday

Breakfast
Village Cycling Tour
Learn about the traditions and practices of local healers or “Witch Doctors”
Lunch
Khanga Demonstration
Coconut ropes making
Coconut roof making
Dinner

Friday

Breakfast
Full Beach Day
Bag lunch provided
Souvenir/Spice shopping
Dinner


This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

About the Accommodation

Gap year volunteers will be staying in a traditional and comfortable guesthouse or Home stay with multiple bedrooms, communal bathrooms, a kitchen, and a sitting room, suitable for enjoying the company of your fellow volunteer friends. Please note that all rooms are single-gender. All meals will be provided at the accommodation by the cook who prepares all meals. The living conditions are basic, the accommodation does have hot running water for showers and electricity to charge your phones and laptops. Living in the western world we sometimes experience powercuts so please do expect that sometimes there may be short power cuts here in Zanzibar. Bedding is​ ​provided at the volunteer accommodation but you will need to bring your own towel and toiletries.​​ ​The local​ coordinators are always available daily during the week for support and on phone should there be an emergency.

The volunteer accommodation does not have Wifi, If you would like to stay connected with your families and friends whilst in Tanzania, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone, the local team will assist you with purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive in Tanzania. You can also access WiFi from cafes and restaurants in Zanzibar.

Food

Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, it offers a variety of delicious spices and flavors, these are what make the Zanzibari food so unique. The food here is influenced by a combination of the Swahili, Indian and Arabian foods. Breakfasts usually consist of chai (tea), toast, fruit, and fried dough. Lunch and Dinner can include meat, vegetables, rice, Chapatis, and fruit.

Facilities

You will easily find a few small local stores that sell snacks, drinks, and any basic supplies you might need during your stay. Nearby, there are ATM’s, banks, shops, and a local pharmacy.

Sights & Surroundings

Zanzibar is known for its sandy white beaches and unique culture. While here, don’t miss Stone Town, a place that is emblematic for its mazes and spices (take a spice tour for sure!). Another must is a visit to Prison Island, where you can spot dolphins and marine life. Travel north or east of the island for some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best!

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations. Our staff will support you with arranging transport if you are planning a weekend away or days out with fellow volunteers.

Trip Country Info

Tanzania

Population: 55 million
Capital: Dodoma
Language: Swahili, English
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time zone: EAT (UTC +3)

Parts of the country are in Southern Africa and it is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east. It is home to Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in its northeastern region and is considered the Safari capital of the world!

Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and since 1996, its official capital city has been Dodoma, where the President’s Office, the National Assembly, and some government ministries are located. Dar es Salaam, the former capital and its largest city, retains most government offices and is the country’s principal port and leading commercial centre.

Volunteer holidays to Tanzania are enjoyed in a land of spectacular beauty, and one of the largest countries in Africa. It lies on the east coast of Africa and is bordered to the north by Kenya and Uganda, to the west is Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia and to the south are Malawi and Mozambique. Tanzania comprises of coastal lowland, volcanic highlands, the Great Rift Valley and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. We have a selection of volunteering programs in Tanzania with placements at orphanages, teaching & medical placements.

Tanzania is the only country in the world which has allocated at least 25 per cent of its total area to wildlife national parks and protected areas, including the world famous Serengeti National Park. We provide exciting gap adventures to Tanzania, backpacking holidays and volunteering work experience programs.  If you are interested in volunteering in Tanzania or trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro have a look at our latest programs below or give us a call for more information.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa