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Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project

Jambiani, Zanzibar
from £1,165 (10 days)

Ref: AV008

What could be better than spending some time volunteering on the beautiful tropical island of Zanzibar.  Volunteers to this project will spend their time working with local teachers to provide fun and interactive classes for nursery school children, teaching basic skills as well as the English language.  Class sizes can be large which makes the assistance of the volunteers incredibly valuable as they can give the children more one-to-one guidance and attention during the lessons.  The volunteers will also give English language lessons to the local community helping to improve their employment chances in the local tourist industry.  Volunteers make a great impact on the local community here and although they will arrive in Jambiani as a stranger, they will undoubtedly leave as a friend.

Who can join: 17 years and over
Accommodation: Dedicated volunteer house
Transfer time: approx. 1.5 hours
Pick up Point: Zanzibar airport or ferry port
Meals: Meals included
Volunteer numbers: approx. 14

Duration & Fees

10 days£1,165
2 weeks£1,295
3 weeks£1,495
4 weeks£1,695
5 weeks£1,895
6 weeks£2,095
7 weeks£2,295
8 weeks£2,495

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Start Dates

2021 Start Dates:

31 May | 14 Jun | 28 Jun | 5 Jul | 12 Jul | 19 Jul | 26 Jul | 2 Aug | 9 Aug | 16 Aug | 23 Aug | 30 Aug | 6 Sep | 20 Sep | 1 Nov | 15 Nov | 29 Nov

This project will close from 20 December - 10 January 2022


£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Airport transfers from Zanzibar Airport, ferry terminal or hotel in Stone Town on arrival and departure
  • Three fresh and delicious meals every day cooked by the in-house project chefs
  • Shared en-suite room in the volunteer accommodation
  • Daily housekeeping service and 24-hour onsite support from the Project Co-ordinators
  • Safe and secure surroundings with guidance and advice whenever needed from onsite staff

What's not included

  • Personal travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
  • Transport by air or ferry to Stone Town, Zanzibar Island
  • All items of a personal nature, travel goods, clothes
  • Email, internet and telephone calls
  • Soft drinks, wines and spirits
  • Visa fees -  approximately USD 300
  • Soft drinks, wines, spirits, snacks and weekend food
  • Any extra excursions over and above planned itinerary
  • Transportation not related to the project

Project Highlights

  • While leving next to the beach help to provide educational support to children, young adults and women's groups
  • Create exciting educational games as well as sports for nursery school children to help with their development
  • Assist in improving educational facilities within the community including at the Education Centre that provides free adult education
  • 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 beach-side fishing village, one of the most beautiful spots on the island
  • During free time choose from some incredible optional excursions:
    • Swim with dolphins in the natural environment - an experience never to be forgotten
    • Snorkel and scuba dive in some of the world's most spectacular coral reefs
    • Adventure though Jozani Forest, canoe through mangroves and search for Red Colobus monkeys
    • Enjoy sunset barbecues on the beach with fellow volunteers
    • 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 historial Stone Town City, and taking the famous Spice Tour

Zanzibar Island is a fascinating place filled with pristine breaches, luxurious resorts, exotic wildlife and the cultural meling pot of Stone Town.  It is a very iverse place with warm and welcoming people and a very different culture to mainland Tanzania.  It is truly the most beautiful destination.  As well as the numerous beaches, resorts and islands that can be enjoyed 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 cultures, it is an eye-opening place to spend an afternoon exploring the narrow alleyways, old architecture or just sipping a cold drink on a roof-top terrace bar as the sun slowly goes down.

During their time on this project volunteers will work with local teachers to provide fun, interactive classes to nursery school children, helping them to prepare for primary school.  Volunteers will teach basic English vocabulary, handwriting and teamwork skills.  Class sizes can be big which makes the assistance of the volunters incredibly valuable as they give the children more one-on-one guidance and attention during their lessons.

Volunteers will also give English language lessons to members of the local community at the Education Centre.  This is hugely important as it assists local people in obtaining jobs within the tourism industry, a huge source of income for the local area.

Last, but not, least, volunteers will work with a local women's group, teaching them English and working with them on health, education and income generations programmes.

Key Volunteer Work

Teaching in Local Nursery Schools
Volunteers work with local teachers to provide fun, interactive classes in nursery schools.  Through these lessons they will help to teach the children basic motor skills, arts and crafts, and the English language.  Volunteers follow lesson plans that allow for some creative freedom.  Lessons include nursery rhymes, reward and recognition programmes and always fun classroom games.

Teaching at the Education Centre
Tourism is considered to be the sector of activity with the most job potential in Zanzibar, which is why the aim is to teach English and to edcate adults by giving them the skills to find employment in the tourism sector.  By doing this it is hoped to reduce poverty, improve education, empower the youth, address the issues of gender inequality and educate the communities in the need for environmental responsibility. At the Education Centre volunteers will assist in holding free adult education classes.

Women's Group
Volunteers will teach the women of the community - many of whom are expected to run the household and not gain official work.  A Women's Group has been formed, who come together each week to earn an income for themselves and their families.  They do this by creating crafts that can be sold to tourists.  Volunteers support these incredible ladies by helping them to sew products and learn new skills, as well as purchase their products and give them English lessons that help improve their business skill-sets.

Community Involvement
Volunteers also get fully immersed in village life every day and will get involved in a multitude of community-led initiatives. This could include improving community facilitis through building ork, helping to repair of maintain school buildings, or renovating the Education Centre.

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


During schools holidays and Ramadan there will be no nursery school classes;  extra-curricular lessons will be run instead.

A week in the life of a volunteer

This is a rough example of how a week in the life of a lion research volunteer could look.  However, due to the nature of the project, these activities may change on a daily basis.  Conservation Education lessons are only conducted during school terms.

  Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
AM         Cycle to your nursury school to teach English. After serving porridge to the kids at break time you will move on to teach English at a second nursery class Cycle to your nursury school to teach English. After serving porridge to the kids at break time you will move on to teach English at a second nursery class

Teaching English at one nursery school then lesson preperation for nursery school

Cycle to your nursury school to teach English. After serving porridge to the kids at break time you will move on to teach English at a second nursery class Community Projects! This can include: planting trees, repairing and maintaining schools, beach clean up, working in the gardens or sports activities with the nursery school children.  It also includes some preparation time for adult lessons the following week

Teach English to young adults at the Community Education Centre

Teach English to young adults at the Community Education Centre Teach English to young adults at the Community Education Centre Teach English to young adults at the Community Education Centre Free time after 2.30pm
Evening  Time to relax after a day of volunteering Presentation on the charity that supports the projects in Zanzibar

Local meal at a local home in the village (4 - 7 USD)

Event Evening - Games evening arranged by volunteers

Time to relax after a day or volunteering

 Saturday  Sunday
You will have Saturdays and Sunday off to explore and enjoy the many tourist activities in the area.



During their time on the project volunteers will be located in a friendly, rural village called Jambiani, on Zanzibar Island - a fascinating archipelago just off the coast of Tanzania.  Jambiani is a stunning, safe beach location where there is the opportunity to explore village life and the beautiful beach dotted with palm trees, have a 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.  While strolling around Jambiani volunteers will constantly hear the phrase "Karibu" - you are welcome - which sums up island life.  Just over an hour's drive away from Jambiani is the historic trading city of Stone Town.  Wander down the cobbled alleyways, along twists and turns that lead to a fascinating mix of African, Arabic, Indian and European cultures.  Step back in time to experience the heart and soul of this enchanting island.

Optional Excursions

There are some incredible attractions iaround the island as well as the chance to venture further to mainland Tanzania.  Here are just a few suggestions of what to do:

  • Jozani Forest and the Red Colobus Monkeys
  • Go snorkelling and scuba diving and experience Zanzibar's beautiful coral reefs
  • 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 at Kendwa Rocks
  • Challenge yourself on a 5-day trek to 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 Serengetic National Park, Ngorongoro Crater or Amboseli National Park

Getting There

Volunteers should fly directly into Zanzibar Airport on their Monday start date between 0700 and 1800 hours.  Volunteers should ensure that their flight lands during this period.  For anyone who arrives much earliler or later and who wishes to leave the airport straight away, a private transfer can be arranged at approximately $40.  

A free transfer back to the airport is provided on the Monday that the volunteer project ends, and flights will need to be booked between 0700 - 1800 hours.  Again a private transfer can be arranged for approximately $40.

Amanzi Travel can help with flight arrangements and volunteers who book their flight and volunteer project together can take advantage of the ATOL licence held by the company, giving added protection and peace of mind.  Please contact Amanzi Travel for details.

A perfect way to explore more of Africa

Before heading straight back home, why not take an Overland Journey through Africa to explore more of the wonderful sights and experiences that this beautiful continent has to offer.  You can take a trip that starts and finishes in the same city (eg Windhoek to Windhoek) or you can use it as an opportunity to get your from one city to another (eg Cape Town to Nairobi).

“This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ... brilliant. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. The overland trip was excellent - really well run”
Southern Sun 21 days, Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, aged 32 and 34.

“I didn’t know I could become such close friends with people in just a week. The trip attracts a great group of people who are so easy to get along with. My group ranged from 20 to 70 and we all sat down with a drink, played cards together and just gathered around the campfire.  It was an experience of a lifetime and I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family”
Tanzanian Game Parks and Zanzibar, 10 Days and Masai Mara Safari, 3 Days - Sara, Canada/Malaysia, aged 20.

 From 3 days to 56 days, take a look at the exciting Overland Trips here.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Jambiani, Zanzibar, Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support ProjectJambiani, Zanzibar, Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support ProjectJambiani, Zanzibar, Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support ProjectJambiani, Zanzibar, Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support ProjectJambiani, Zanzibar, Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support ProjectVolunteers will be accommodated in the volunteer house in Jambiani village, directly on the beach.  There is no better place to wake up and watch the sun rise over the Indian Ocean. .

Shared en-suite accommodation is provided with a balcony overlooking the sea.  The project co-ordinators live on the premises and will provide all the support needed.  The team of excellent chefs will cook three delicious meals a day.

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Why visit Tanzania

Tanzania is unsurpassed for its magnificent scenery: from the snow-capped heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, the "Crown of Africa", to the exquisite floor of the Ngorongoro Crater; the jewel-like coastal islands of Zanzibar to the awe-inspiring Great Rift Valley, the natural splendours set the stage for the astoundingly diverse wildlife. Within the space of several hours it is possible to go from lazing on idyllic beaches and diving on exquisite coral reefs to exploring the narrow alleys of Arabian influenced Stone Town, from climbing mist-covered slopes in the Southern Highlands to trekking through barren landscapes around Ol Doinyo Lengai, guided by spear-carrying Masai warriors. Turtle season is between December and May, and these prehistoric creatures can be seen laying their eggs on the beaches.

Yet, despite its attractions, Tanzania has predominantly managed to remain unassuming and low-key. It has also remained enviably untouched by the tribal rivalries and political upheavals, and this makes it an ideal choice for both first-time visitors and Africa old hands.

Tanzania's natural endowment as a wildlife safari destination is unrivalled. Wild animals roam in vast uncrowded and unspoilt areas. The magnificent collection of game sanctuaries to the north of the country, near the border with Kenya, is referred to as the Northern Circuit. This is the most popular and accessible wildlife safari route in Tanzania, and is considered as one of the finest game viewing areas anywhere in the world. Arusha, a city of northern Tanzania is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Beautifully situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley, it has a pleasant climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

Highlights of Tanzania

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain.
  • Bordered by Africa's three largest lakes - Lakes Malawi, Tanganyika and Victoria.
  • Zanzibar Island, exploring bustling Stone Town, a World Heritage Site, and idyllic beaches, snorkelling, and picturesque fishing villages on Mnemba Island.
  • Ngorongoro Crater - the largest intact caldera in the world, where wildlife are specifically protected.
  • Olduvai Gorge - said to be the birthplace of man.
  • The 20-million-year-old Great Rift Valley.
  • The vast game-filled plains of the Serengeti and hot air balloon safaris.
  • The annual Great Migration of millions of herbivores is a once-in-a-lifetime experience can be viewed between Tanzania and Kenya.
  • More than twenty-five percent of Tanzania is dedicated to conservation areas.
  • Possible to view the elusive "Big 10" in Tanzania - elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, zebra and giraffe - plus the famous chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
  • Tanzania boasts over 1,000 bird species, with Lake Manyara National Park alone being home to over 400.


Seasons Max Min
Summer (November -May) 31 °C 20 °C
Winter (June – October) 22 °C 15 °C
Rainfall: March - May (Long Rains “Masika”), November - December (Short Rains  “Vuli”)

Tanzania has a generally comfortable, tropical climate year-round, where temperatures rarely fall lower than 20°C.  The coolest months countrywide are from June to October (15–20 °C), when it is also dry, and the warmest from December to March (25–31°C), although there are significant regional variations:-

  • Along the warmer and humid coast, the average daily temperatures hover in the 30°C range, and only go as low as 25°C due to sea breezes from June to September. The climate here is determined in large part by the monsoon winds, which bring rains in two major periods. During the “masika” (long rains), from mid-March to May, it rains heavily almost every day, although seldom for the whole day, and the air can get unpleasantly sticky. The lighter “vuli” (short rains) fall during November, December and sometimes into January. July and August have the lowest rainfall.
  • Inland, altitude is a major determinant of conditions. The central plateau is somewhat cooler and arid, while in the mountainous areas of the northeast and southwest, temperatures range between 10 and 20°C during cold and hot seasons respectively, and it can rain at any time of year. In the Kilimanjaro area, temperatures vary from 15°C in May-August period to 22°C over December - March. As one heads to the peaks of Kilimanjaro, temperatures can drop to below freezing, especially at night. The best climbing on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is surprisingly easy, is from August to October and from January to March.

Key Facts

Population – 43.7 million
Capital – Dodoma is the political capital, and Dar Es Salaam is the principal commercial city
Currency – Tanzanian shilling
Language  –  Swahili is the most widely spoken language, although English is the official language
“karibu tena” – welcome again

Peoples and Culture:  there are over 120 tribes in Tanzania.  However, the majority of people on Zanzibar follow the Muslim faith. Dress code to them is of particular importance and it is suggested that women try to dress fairly conservatively in order not to offend the local people. An Arabic influence is also evident in the people, who are a mix of Shirazia (from Persia), Arabs, Comorians (from the Comoros Islands) and Bantu from the mainland. The official language of Zanzibar is Kiswahili. Most residents have a good knowledge of English, Italian and various Arabic dialects.

Zanzibar's most world famous musician is Freddie Mercury! He was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5th 1946 in Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara, who were Parsees - members of the Zoroastrian faith.

Time difference – GMT +3 hours
Telephone – country code 255

Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project

Zanzibar Rural Teaching Volunteer (link to project)

My 4 weeks volunteering in Zanzibar gave me the insight I wanted into another culture and I feel immensely satisfied at having achieved this at my age! The people of Jambiani were warm and welcoming, as were all students and I met such interesting people along the way.

African Encounter 36 day (Southbound (link to project) / Northbound (link to project)

During the 5 week overland trip from Zanzibar to Cape Town I saw so much of Africa that I'd always wanted to see, from the countryside and scenery, to the animals and people, who were always keen to wave as the truck passed through. Such a land of contrasts from east to west, green and lush in the east to the dry deserts of the west. Vic Falls was fantastic, as were animals in the Chobe and Etosha Pan and so many other things too numerous to mention.

Having thought about doing this trip for so long, I can't believe I've done it but I did and have experienced a trip of a lifetime - thank you Amanzi Travel.   Also just to add, Pat was great, helpful and encouraging, she really helped me decide to 'go for it'.

Judith, UK, aged 62 (Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project, African Encounter 37 Day (Northbound), African Encounter 37 Day (Southbound))

Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project

Thank you for your help throughout my booking. It was an incredible experience, made up of moments which I will remember for a very long time. The project was not only an integral part of the community in Jambiani but also incredibly valuable. It made me wonder why I hadn't done anything like it before!

Amy Rosier, England, aged 18 (Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project)

Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project

Everyone that has the chance to do something like this should definitely take the opportunity. It was the best part of my year out, and wish I could have done it for longer.

Alice, Scotland, aged 19 (East African Discoverer - 15 Days, Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project, Zambia Teaching Volunteer, East African Discoverer - 15 days)

Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project

This great project is based in Jambiani Village which stretches along the coastline in the south east of the Island.   Volunteers fly into Dar-es-Salaam and then either have a 20 minute flight or take the ferry to Stone Town, the capital of the Island, where they are met and taken to the volunteer house which is about one hour’s drive. Volunteers all live together in this house – in the centre of the village and just 20 yards from the beach – great for a cooling swim at the end of a busy day.  All volunteers set off for work together – on bicycles – and although there is not a lot of motor traffic to worry about, the cattle that wander through the village during the day and settle for the night in the middle of the road must be avoided at all costs!  But this is real Africa and it doesn’t get much more rural than this. Volunteers spend their days helping in one of the local schools – pre-schools, primary schools or secondary schools where they help to teach the children, sing with them, play games and generally help with their development.  They may also help out in the tourism training school – a great venture set up to improve the chances of the local population in getting employment in the fast-growing tourist trade on Zanzibar Island.  They help the students with basic computing and admin skills, perhaps help them write a cv as well as with customer care and, of course,  helping them improve their English.

The “working day” normally ends around 5.00 pm and then everyone returns to the house – perhaps making a detour for stamps or a cold drink on the way. The evenings are usually spent having a meal together, chatting over the events of the day or perhaps going along the beach to one of the local hotels for a cold beer – which is enjoyed sitting on the veranda listening to the waves gently lapping on the white sands. 

There are lots of exciting things to do at the weekends.  Stone Town itself is a fascinating town with a strong Muslim influence and lots of interesting buildings to visit.  The Africa House Hotel – situated on the seafront – is a very famous hotel that was originally the British Club and all visitors to the Island should come to this hotel at least once to view the fantastic sunset from the hotel balcony.  One exciting outing is to go and swim with the dolphins and there are other fabulous beaches on the Island that are well worth visiting.  

The food is very good and everything is “home made”.  Fish is caught on the beach and is very fresh but the cook – who prepares lunch and the evening meal -  also makes great pancakes, samosas and even chips.

Zanzibar is one of the most beautiful places in Africa to visit and the chance to take part in such a worthwhile project puts it high on the list for anyone wanting a great experience this summer.

Patricia, UK, aged 62 (Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project)

Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project

The group I was in was filled with such great people! I feel we made lifelong friends and being right on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world was really incredible. Meeting and working with Mr Okala was definitely a highlight , we learned so much about his native home and way of life from him.

Veronica, USA, aged 24 (Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project)

Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project

I really hope you know how much of a wonderful time I had. This trip was more than I could ever ask for and everything that you did truly made it perfect. I miss the kids SO MUCH.

Annie, USA, aged 20 (Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project)

Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project

I loved my time here in Zanzibar and would love to stay longer to work with the new volunteers and see the project progress. I haven’t done a volunteer project before, but am very happy that my first one was here.

Sue, UK, aged 25 (Zanzibar Teaching and Community Support Project)

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