Arrive in Stone Town and make your way to our joining point hotel. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel (check-in time is approximately 3pm) and enjoy the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town is a captivating labyrinth of narrow streets and winding alleyways. Lose yourself in the buzz of the markets, wander the bustling bazaars, and check out the many mosques and grand Arab residences. You could spend hours just wandering the alleys and squares, drinking potent coffee from pavement vendors or buying local snacks, such as sesame bread, from scores of tiny cafes. Optional activities include a city tour or a tour of the Jozani Forest. Zanzibar, 'the spice island,' has an interesting culture and history as the centre of the slave and spice trades in the 1800s. Zanzibar is one of the most fascinating places in East Africa, and despite a heavy increase in tourism since the early 1990s still retains much of its authenticity. Thanks to an ambitious and far-reaching preservation programme funded by UNESCO and the Aga Khan Foundation, many famous old buildings have been restored, or are in the process of being renovated.
On the morning of Day 2, you will be collected by taxi at 7am sharp and taken to the volunteer accommodation in Jambinai where you will be volunteering for the next few days. We have partnered with African Impact, an African-based facilitator of volunteer projects, as a way to provide travellers with an opportunity to give back and have a true cultural experience while helping out local communities at the same time. While in Zanzibar we will be volunteering at a variety of programmes in the village of Jambiani. Our days will be spent assisting teachers and students in local schools, and organizing sports activities for children and youth from the community. Please note that due to the short time volunteering, much of your time will be in an assisting role than a full-time one. Jambiani is located on the southern part of Zanzibar’s beautiful and quiet east coast. About an hour’s drive from Stone Town, Jambiani is a long village stretched along the coastline, with stunning white-sand beaches that seem to go on for miles. Here you will find a community operating at a leisurely pace amidst the warm and humid climate. Economic activities in the village include fishing, subsistence level farming, seaweed farming, and tourism, much of which only provides seasonal employment—unemployment levels in the area are very high. Here in Jambiani you will not only witness incredible sunrises and enjoy the warm waters, but more importantly gain a deep insight into life on the island. After your days work, relax on the white-sand beaches and cool off in the warm tropical waters of Jambiani. Programmes you may be volunteering with can include: Education and Community Programme: There is a great deal of opportunity for volunteers to assist students and teachers in local schools. The local government school in Jambiani has about 1300 students and on average, only 20% of the students pass their government exams. Those that continue their education past the age of 13 or 14 must attend a school outside of their village. Although English is widely spoken in areas frequented by tourists, a large percentage of Zanzibar’s population has limited English language skills. Schools are very appreciative of help from English-speakers in helping children master the language. Due to a lack of teachers with science and computer training, volunteer assistance in these areas is also needed. Preschools There are 4 preschools in Jambiani and time in each may be spent: - Teaching English to children and teachers through posters, pictures, games etc - Singing and dancing with children in English and local languages - Developing the childrens creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing and colouring - Playing games with the children to aid in their physical and social development - General upkeep of the school to ensure it remains a suitable place in which to learn Primary and Secondary schools Many of Zanzibar’s schools have facilities with very basic, if not ill-equipped facilities. This, combined with frequent staffing shortages, has forced many schools to have two separate learning sessions each day in an effort to accommodate the vast number of students eager to learn. Our time in the schools will be spent: - Coordinating extra English tutoring before and after classes for students and teachers - Organizing and coordinating sports afternoons with the students - Helping clean, maintain and improve the schools’ grounds and classrooms
Depart after breakfast, with an included transfer to take you to either the airport or Stone Town.
Based in a village on Zanzibar’s east coast, you’ll assist at one of the local schools, which are typically understaffed and underfunded. You’ll assist students individually and provide the attention needed to help them gain confidence in their studies. English language training provides a great benefit to students and their parents—and although it’s not necessary, volunteers with TEFL qualifications are an asset!
•Spend mornings and afternoons at local schools •Bicycle to and from the schools, returning to the volunteer base for lunch •Develop creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing and colouring •Organize sports programs •Assist in improving educational facilities in the community •Get a taste of Zanzibar’s culture—learn a little Kiswahili •Relax in the evenings at the volunteer beach bungalows