Trip Details

Volunteer Teaching Assistant Zanzibar – Tanzania

Passion for teaching here is a must! As a Volunteer Teaching Assistant here in Zanzibar, you will be working with many children who come from impoverished backgrounds and need a little extra support and attention. In fact, the schools here are very under-resourced, so any creative skills you have are a bonus, finding new ways to engage and enthuse your chirpy students! Primarily, subjects will include English, Maths, Science, and Geography, but you can also get involved in other activities such as arts and crafts – and of course, sports! Tanzanian children love to play games and can be very competitive too! This a unique experience that will help the local community – and let your talents shine!

Find your Calling by Supporting Dedicated Teachers in Zanzibar!

Each day, you will volunteer at primary, and secondary schools throughout Zanzibar, teaching a range of ages and abilities. Actually, the days will be quite short – around 4 – 6 hours per day – so you’ll have plenty of time to explore – or get involved in after-school activities if you just can’t get enough! Further, we encourage you to bring your own teaching materials, and use your own skills and techniques to get the children involved in their lessons. Ultimately, teachers are there to support you, so you’ll be in good company during your week here. In short, this will be a genuine teaching experience with a lot of learning – on both sides!

Explore Zanzibar’s breathtaking Scenery and Vibrant Culture!

Likely, you’ll have heard of the famed beaches of Zanzibar! And these will likely be a regular spot for you during your time off! However, there’s so much more to this country, and you will be able to travel further afield with new-found friends at the weekends, exploring the mountains, forests and plains of Zanzibar. Oh! And shoppers, beware! You’ll find no end of markets and bustling townships to browse! You might want to leave some space in your suitcase for all that you’ll find, from spices in Darajani Market, to the many arts and crafts stalls that line the streets of this vibrant and colourful place! Really, whatever you choose to do, your stay in Tanzania as a Volunteer Teaching Assistant will definitely be an adventure to remember!

Why be a Volunteer Teaching Assistant in Zanzibar?

  • Help Tanzanian children to build their confidence and language skills
  • Broaden your own teaching skill set, working with children in an exotic location
  • Enjoy an exciting stay in a beautiful part of Africa with so much to explore!
  • Stay at our comfortable accommodation, and relax with new friends
  • Enjoy a different type of cuisine, with meals and beverages* included

*drinking water

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Trip Itinerary

You will arrive on Sunday, and so will have plenty of time to relax and prepare for your exciting week ahead. Firstly, your coordinators will show you around the project to meet the people you will be working with. Usually, Teaching Assistant Volunteers will spend 4-6 hours each day assisting at the school with a lunch break in between.

Weekly Schedule

Here’s what a typical week will look like:

Monday to Friday

06.30-07.30 Breakfast
09.00-12.00 Volunteer as a Teaching Assistant
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-15.00 Volunteering as a Teaching Assistant
17.30-18.30 Dinner

Cost of transport to locations is not included, but will usually be around £1.50 per day.

This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Evenings and Weekends

Of course, your evenings and weekends are free to do as you please, and you can choose to explore the area or simply kick back with your new-found friends back at your accommodation. In fact, many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures as they go!

Places to Visit

Zanzibar is known for its sandy white beaches and unique culture. Whilst here, don’t miss Stone Town itself, a place known 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. Additionally, you can 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!


Trip Accommodation

About the Accommodation

You will be staying in a traditional and comfortable guesthouse with multiple bedrooms (single gender) in Stone Town, with communal bathrooms, and a kitchen for you to prepare your own meals in (although all meals are included in the programme). There is also a sizable lounge –  perfect for socialising in alongside your new-found friends!

Food Arrangements

Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, and, as you can imagine, the food here is incredibly aromatic, full of delicious spices and flavours! These are what make the Zanzibari food so unique. The food here is influenced by a combination of Swahili, Indian and Arabian foods. Breakfasts usually consist of chai (tea), toast, fruit, and fried dough, and lunch and dinner can include meat, vegetables, rice, Chapatis, and fruit.


There are a few small local stores that sell snacks, drinks, and any basic supplies you might need during your stay. Nearby, there are also ATM’s, banks, shops, and a local pharmacy should you need it, during your culture week or volunteering project.


From this location, we do not provide free transport to other locations. However, our staff will support you with arranging transport if you are planning a weekend away outwith your planned cultural holiday events.


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


Trip Country Info


Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and includes the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia. About twice the size of California, this African country is bordered by the Indian Ocean and eight countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. 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

DBS, Criminal Background Check
Travel Insurance
Under 18, Parental Consent

Additional Requirements

Recommended Vaccinations

What's included

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

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa