Physical Therapy for disabled children

founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Ellen
Coordinator | Ellen
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Become a part of the More Africa family by joining our volunteer program
Get closer to the local people and culture of Zanzibar by learning the local Swahili language
Train our local therapists, show or improve your physical therapy skills and contribute to the development of children.
Make memories you'll never forget! In your weekend you can explore the island or go on a safari. We can organize everything for you!
Did you know that several researches have shown that people who volunteer are happier and healthier than people who don’t?
Special education, physical therapy, social skills training & more. More Africa is looking for professionals and students who want to work with disabled children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About Zanzibar
Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.
Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (Zanzibar) and Pemba.
The capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Every culture lover will love this diverse island with many Arabic influences. Zanzibar has a rich history, which is largely characterized by slave trade.
Zanzibar has been the entrance of eastern Africa for centuries and it was here where most slaves were sold; and Indian, Chinese and Arabic merchants would arrive to trade their wares and buy spices, ivory and slaves. The history of Zanzibar has created a unique mixture of Indian, African and Arabic influences which can be seen in its people, food, culture and building styles.
In Zanzibar it seems as if time has stood still. People live very traditional lives. The local Zanzibari are 95% Muslim. As a volunteer you have an exemplary role in the community and it is important that you show respect for the local community, its people and culture.
This means that you adapt to the culture and customs. That is why all our volunteers need to dress appropriately (shoulders covered and long pants).
On the beaches you can of course just walk around in swimwear.
For this volunteer program we are looking for serious people who don't come to Zanzibar for the parties. We are looking for people who really want to contribute to the community, our children and the project. People who want a unique experience and who want to work together with others and learn from each other.


About our volunteer program
As a physical therapy professional or student, you want to empower people. The children that More Africa supports are all children with incredible potential, but at Zanzibar they don't get the opportunity to develop in their own way and at their own pace.
At More Africa we believe that every human being, regardless of (dis)ability, has the right to education and development.
Every day you treat our children. You make treatment plans together with the local physiotherapist. You try to get the best out of the children, to motivate and stimulate them. You write reports and evaluate.
After corona time we want to start a small clinic for local people and expats. Every Saturday (and if you want on Monday) people other than our children can come to the clinic for treatment of their problems.

Because a large part of our children cannot talk, we offer all our education in Swahili.
During your stay here, we also offer a basic Swahili course. This way you will be able to communicate more easily with our children and local teachers.

Because More Africa depends 100% on help from volunteers and donations, we really appreciate it if you want to do a fundraiser before arrival, during your time here, or after returning home. Your help will be much appreciated!

Typical day

A typical day at More Africa looks like this:
07:30: The volunteers eat breakfast in the volunteer house (bread).
08:00: We pick up all the children together.  We do this to make sure that the children actually come.
09:00: Start school and physiotherapy. The children play outside.
10:00: Start lessons. The children start with a welcome moment. After this we start with the didactic lessons. We do this partly in a group and partly individually, so we can respond to the level and needs of the individual child. We teach the children practical skills, which they can use in daily life. We teach the children shapes, colors, fruit/vegetables, family members, bodyparts, animals etc. The children with a higher level learn reading, writing and mathematics. In addition, we offer music lessons, sports lessons, geography, science, creative lesson and for some also English lessons.
12:30: Lunch. The children bring food from home. Some children don't get to eat well, that's why we share everything.
13:00: We bring the children home.
13:30: Lunch. The volunteers eat in the volunteer house (bread).
14:00: Reports and preparations for the next day. The volunteers write the reports. Important things are written down. Once a month an evaluation is made and every three months goals are adjusted. Also the work for the next day is prepared. Think of preparing toys for experiential learning, preparing the creative activity, writing and maths exercises.
16:00: Depending on what needs to be done you will be ready between 15:00 and 16:00. A few days a week we also have an afternoon program with Swahili or beach/village cleanups. We find it important that our volunteers are immersed in the local culture and customs and participate in local life.
The other days you can enjoy; take a dip in our pool (if there are any guests) or go to the beach.
18:00: During weekdays we expect our volunteers back at 18:00. At 18:00 dinner is ready, which is prepared by our chef. In the evening the volunteers can play a game together or watch a movie.

The working days are from Tuesday to Saturday. Volunteers have weekends from Saturday afternoon until Monday evening.
In the weekend we can arrange excursions and trips for volunteers. We expect volunteers to return on Saturday and Sunday at 23:00 and on Monday at 21:00 at the latest.

The care offered by More Africa is 100% free for parents. Parents do not pay for transport or education. We do this deliberately, because people here either have no money, or do not see the need. This makes More Africa 100% dependent on donations.
To make the project self-sufficient, we opened a guesthouse with 10 rooms in 2019. Guests staying in our guesthouse donate directly to the project. Volunteers with a background in tourism/marketing are welcome to volunteer within our guesthouse.

Free-time activities

In your free time you can discover all the beauty that Zanzibar has to offer. We can help you book and arrange everything for you. As a volunteer you will pay the cost price, we will of course not charge you any more!
We advise you not to book tours locally or on the beach.
On our website you can find all information about excursions. There is something for everyone; diving / snorkeling, kite surfing, relaxing on a sandbank, visiting national parks, or culture sniffing in Stone Town. We can even arrange a safari for you!

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Physical Therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy at level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by More Africa

 What do we offer you for this amount?

- You will stay in our dormitory. Men and women separately. We offer bunk beds. The dormitory has 3 basic bathrooms with western toilet. The dormitory has a fridge, living room and small garden.
- Electricity and water
- We offer 3 meals a day (during working days). Breakfast and lunch with bread (nutella, jam, peanut butter) and dinner made by our chef. It is not possible to cook for yourself. In the weekend (Saturday afternoon until Monday evening) you have to take care and pay for your own food. It is possible to eat in our restaurant (when it is open). Fresh drinking water is always available.
- Pick-up service from the airport or ferry. The costs for the way back are not included.
- Supervision. You will be supervised by the project leader.

Internet is NOT included in these costs. You will get a SIM card on loan from us and you can use it to decide how much you want to use per month.

Airport Pickup at Zanzibar International Airport
Pick-up service from the airport or ferry is included. The costs for the way back are not included. We pick volunteers up every monday between 8.00 and 20.00.
The projectleader, OR the driver of the project will pick you up. It is a 1 hour drive from the airport/ferry to More Africa.
You will stay in our dormitory which is on the same premises as the school and our guesthouse. Men and women separately. We offer bunk beds. The dormitory has 3 basic bathrooms with western toilet and simple shower. The dormitory has a fridge, living room and small garden.
If you prefer to stay in one of our private bungalows, let us know. We charge extra for this and it is always on availability.

Dorm Room Bungalow
Food & Beverages
We offer 3 meals a day (during working days). Breakfast and lunch with bread (nutella, jam, peanut butter) and dinner made by our chef. It is not possible to cook for yourself. In the weekend (Saturday afternoon until Monday evening) you have to take care and pay for your own food. It is possible to eat in our restaurant (when it is open). Fresh drinking water is always available. If you have special requirements we will ask you to inform and discuss with us before arrival.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers can arrive every Monday between 8.00 and 20.00. We will pick you up at the airport or ferry. Because it is an hour's drive, we ask volunteers who arrive the same day to take the same flights where possible. It is not possible to start at the project on another day than Monday. If you like to acclimatize before you start, you can of course arrive earlier and we will arrange a hotel for you in consultation with you.

April and May is rainy season on Zanzibar. Normally we are closed all month in May. However, if you want to come for a long internship, we can sometimes deviate from this.
Furthermore, the school is closed from the week of Christmas for 3 weeks.

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens June 2023. Apply Now!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$230 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. More Africa will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with More Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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