Zanzibar Teaching Volunteers

From £779.00

Highlights

Teach a variety of subjects such as English, Science and IT

Trip Highlights

  • A fabulous opportunity for you to volunteer in Zanzibar – to do something rather than just talk about it.
  • Make a real difference to the lives of young children.
  • Nursery to secondary school opportunities available
  • Explore the fantastically unique culture and intriguing history of Zanzibar
     

Trip Summary

As a volunteer in Zanzibar you will focus your lessons on teaching English, Science and IT however you are more than welcome to assist in any of the other subjects or activities.

We ask that you bring a creative, enthusiastic and flexible attitude to Stone Town. This not only enables you to become a respected and dedicated volunteer, it also allows you to get as much as you would like from the experience. Many of the schools are very under-funded and lack the resources you would usually find in Western schools. It is interesting to see just how much the children benefit from having an English speaking teacher helping with their studies.

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip itinerary

Your day as a volunteer in Zanzibar obviously revolves around the school day. Your hostel will be located in Stonetown and typically you will be up and about around 7, having breakfast and getting ready for the day ahead. The schools are within walking distance – best to walk with another Zanzibar volunteer if you can – and you will leave around 8. Relax over some lunch around midday before the afternoon sessions start around 1. The evenings are yours. 

If you choose to volunteer in Zanzibar, you will find that your effort and your contribution is really needed and really valued. The role given to you will really improve the lives of the children through education.

As a volunteer in Zanzibar, you will be working with two schools.

  • Sun City School – nursery, primary and secondary
  • Hurumzi Secondary School

The subjects that you will be teaching are English, science and IT. There’s a need for intelligent and focused volunteers in all areas of the schools’ activities and if you want to get involved in teaching other subjects or in the extra-curricular life of the two institutions, your help will be warmly welcomed. Volunteering in Zanzibar is a chance for you to use your own knowledge, skills and passion to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. 

During school holidays, educational holiday classes will take place, so that the children continue to learn. 

Destination Information

Zanzibar – the Spice Islands – is a large island just off the East African coast and a semi-autonomous part of The Republic of Tanzania. As a volunteer in Zanzibar – you will be in the main town – Stonetown, the 'old city’ and the cultural heart of Zanzibar. Its intriguing history is full of brave sea traders, explorers, sultans and the fragrance of exotic spices – think cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. Little has changed in the last 200 years. With its winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses, it’s a beautiful and idyllic place, while its great beaches are a favourite post-safari hangout. You will love to explore the city on this unique volunteering experience. 

Trip Notes

What's Included

  • Pick up on arrival
  • Full support and assistance in Zanzibar
  • All accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Class C Visa

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • All flights
  • Additional tourist visa
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Return transfer

Additional Information & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health. Please be prepared that you may be working with volunteers of all ages.

Accomodation & Meals

Your accommodation in Fuoni village is in a renovated colonial hostel just outside of Stone Town, and is for the use of the volunteers only. You’ll be woken each the morning by the sounds of the Muesin calling people to prayer! You’ll be sharing a room and bathroom with up to six other volunteers. There is a large area where there are chairs and tables for you to eat your meals, read, chat and relax.

Each room has its own bathroom although one bedroom has a separate bathroom - rooms are basic but do have a western style toilet, sink and a shower, water is based on cold water but we are sure that you will enjoy this due to the hot weather! There is a cupboard or a closet in your bedroom where you can store your belongings. The hostel can sleep up to approximately 25 volunteers.

Your bed will have its own mosquito net and bedding is provided. You’ll get an under and over sheet and a small pillow, however if it does get chilly then you can always ask for an extra sheet! If you are going travelling further north in Tanzania then we would suggest that you bring a sleeping bag.

There is a lock on your bedroom door and there is always a security guard on duty. However if you want to keep your valuables in a more secure place we’d suggest bringing along a portable safe such as a PacSafe or something similar. 

Breakfast will be made for you and is great opportunity to try the weird and wonderful local fruits that are in season. Lunch and dinner are for you to arrange for yourself. We’d suggest eating out as there is such fantastic food at dirt cheap prices, it’s silly to resist! However, if you fancy preparing something for yourself you can certainly use the good kitchen at the hostel.

FAQs

Does It Matter That I Do Not Speak Swahili?

No, during your time you will have some language lessons to help introduce yourself, however most people on your project will speak English.

How Old Are Those That Take Part?

Most of those on the programme are between 18-30.

Can I Climb Kilimanjaro?

Yes it's really easy to add onto the option as an extra week please speak to us for further information on dates and prices.

Can I Visit The Beach?

You are ten minutes from the white sands and blue waters!

Can I Extend My Duration When I Get There?

Due to the set start dates it is difficult to extend, try to pick your ideal length of trip at the start.

Do I Need To Bring A Sleeping Bag?

No, all bedding is provided for you however if you choose to do the Kilimanjaro climb then yes, you will need one.

Are Mosquito Nets Provided?

Yes, mosquito nets are provided in all of the houses, however if you want to bring your own then you are more than welcome.

Is There A Safety Deposit Box/safe?

Yes, in all of the houses there is somewhere to keep your valuables.

Extra Notes

Visa Information

It is important to ensure that you have the necessary Visas for your travel; this is your responsibility.

For entry into Tanzania you will require a tourist visa and a Permit for Volunteering.

Tourist Visa
UK passport holders will receive a 90-day tourist visa stamp at the cost of US$50 payable upon entry into Tanzania. All other nationalities should consult the relevant embassy.

Permit for Volunteering

The permit for volunteering is valid for any volunteer entering Tanzania.

To apply for this permit you need to complete all of the forms below and send them electronically with the required documents as soon as possible; especially if you are travelling within the next two months. Please return the documents to [email protected] – these are our partners in Tanzania who process your permit. You will need to have access to a scanner in order to fill out the forms. Please save your documents as a jpeg or in pdf format so that they do not take up too much memory on the computers in Tanzania which are slow enough already!

  1. Permit for Volunteering
  2. Volunteer Curriculum Vitae.Please include your level of education and areas of experience.
  3. Participation agreement
  4. One passport-sized photograph
  5. A black and white photocopy of your passport. Please include any pages that hold a previous Tanzania visa.
  6. A copy of your most recent academic certificate, or a letter from your previous educational institution

Please note: When completing your Volunteer Curriculum Vitae, please do not include any bar, waiter/waitress or cleaning work you may have done. This is due to the religious views of some in Tanzania who deem working in any of these jobs as unacceptable and may lead to your volunteering permit being withheld.

If you plan to stay in Tanzania after you finish the project then you will need to put your date of departure from Tanzania in section 5 of the Work Agreement form as the expiry date.

You will not receive anything for the Volunteer Permit before you travel. Whilst participants must complete all paperwork prior to their arrival in Tanzania, government regulations stipulate that our partners are not allowed to apply for the permits until participants have arrived and their passport has been stamped with a tourist visa at airport immigration. Once you have this, our partners will apply for the permit and the government begins processing them. Ideally, all participants will receive the permits whilst they are in Tanzania but due to, often slow, processes in immigration and government, this does not always happen and you may not receive your permit.

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

Reviews

Overall Rating: (8/10)

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Chloe Hall

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What were the highlights of your trip?

I met so many amazing people in Zanzibar!! The locals are so friendly! The beaches are incredible! Public transport is interesting (Dala Dala) When you experience it you will know what i mean!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I wish i had traveled to mainland to climb Kilimanjaro..... Next time!!!!

Tips for other travellers?

Watch what you eat....especially from night market!!! Zanzibar pizza is safe and very tasty though! Make friends with the locals...they are all awesome!!! Travel the Island as much as possible! So many beautiful villages and beaches to see!

oscar harding

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ellen shersby-wignall

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with the kids and meeting amazing new people.

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Bring things for the kids, pencils, pens etc... prepare lots of songs and class games.... make sure you throw yourself into everything!

georgia laycock

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Getting the dala dala to work everyday and meeting a variety of new friends for life

Umer Soomro

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Teaching the children and meeting some wonderful people (both other volunteers and the locals).

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No.

Tips for other travellers?

Zanzibar is an incredibly safe place, so don't panic about how you'll have to look after your valuables. Integrate with the locals, as well as the volunteers (that way, you'll get a better idea of what it would be like to live in Zanzibar and you'll pick up some Swahili too). Try to stay away from the seafood in the night market (you'll see what I am talking about when you get there).

Any other comments?

I wish I had been told more about the in-country team in Zanzibar before going. They organised everything really well (from the projects to the excursions). Their staff was really friendly too!

How would you rate your overall experience?

What were the highlights of your trip?

The teaching experience as a whole was incredible. Zanzibar is an awesome Island with the friendliest people I have ever met.

Tips for other travellers?

Have more than enough money before you flight out as it will make your trip so much better. Don't panic when you first arrive, everything calms down. Throw yourself in. Its genuinely true the more you put in the more you get out.

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