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Assist in teaching in schools

Depending on your confidence and skillset, you can either assist teachers or take your own lessons. Either way, you will be making a real difference.

Volunteering is the absolute focus of our trips. We work with government schools which are in desperate need of support and volunteers travelling with us provide this. You will have the opportunity to either assist teachers in taking lessons or deliver your own lessons for the children. The children are very eager to learn and relish the opportunity to experience different teaching methods and varying lessons. 

Zanzibar is a predominately Muslim island and Islam is heavily embedded within school life. There is a traditional uniform that all students are required to wear. Boys and girls sit separately within the classroom and if any groups need to be formed when delivering lessons, boys and girls will automatically ‘buddy up’ with same-sex friends. 

About the Program

African Adventures works with two large, overcrowded schools on the outskirts of Zanzibar Island’s Stone Town that educate a combined total of 10,000 children between the ages of 6-18. The schools are so overpopulated that they are required to split the school day in two, running classes for half the students in the morning and the other half in the afternoon.

We provide you with guidance regarding the types of lessons you can plan, dependent on the project you will be visiting and the age of the children you will be teaching. It is a very different experience to attending or teaching at schools in the UK as there are very limited resources - some classes don't even have desks or chairs, which is something we are working hard to address. Not only will you provide teaching support, you will have the time to interact with the children, talk to them and just do simple things like playing games. Interaction of this sort is more meaningful than many people would imagine, as a large number of the children in the area we work do not have the family structure and guidance that we, here in the UK, are accustomed to. Outside of your volunteer work, we give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Zanzibar, with a weekend adventure and a number of different cultural activities. This is a life-changing experience and we are sure that you will return from your trip a different person.

Your Role as a Volunteer

As a teaching assistant volunteer, you will work alongside teachers and other volunteers to help manage the demands of educating large classes of mixed students. There are typically 100 children and only one teacher in each class, which can be extremely challenging because of the difference in academic ability across the student body. High-achieving students can be held back and struggling students can often get left behind. Teaching assistants can help bridge that gap because the class can be divided into smaller groups to work on more relevant topics. Once you feel comfortable with your allocated class, it may be that you start helping with lesson delivery and then progress to delivering lessons yourself.

Teaching Styles

Students learn by rote (rote learning is a memorization technique based on repetition) and therefore, do not always have underpinning knowledge. This means that lesson delivery is often less interactive than in the UK. Teachers will be either fully or partly qualified. A syllabus is followed using a text book and lessons are delivered accordingly. It is not uncommon for teachers to answer their phone during lessons, or leave their class unattended to focus on something else that requires their attention.

Swahili is Zanzibar’s first language. Some lessons will be taught in English and most of the teachers will speak English, so there is not a huge language barrier. The students will want to practise their English speaking with you. Please do not underestimate the impact this can have on a young person trying to learn a new language, as it can be more valuable than you think. The students will enjoy trying to teach you some Swahili too! For many students at the schools, you being there will be their first interaction with people from the West, meaning some may feel nervous around you. Give it time, keep smiling and, gradually, we are confident you will build up a brilliant rapport.

How will you benefit from your stay?

We believe in providing an experience which has clear two-way benefits. Not only will you be helping to create lasting change in this deprived area of Zanzibar, you will go on an amazing journey and learn a great deal in the process.

We are confident that you will:

  • Learn valuable skills which you can use in the future.
  • Gain experience that will benefit you and your career.
  • Return home a more globally aware citizen.
  • Help create lasting change in our partner schools.
  • Feel proud of the impact you have made whilst volunteering.
  • Go on an emotional journey that will make you appreciate what you have.
  • Build new relationships and make new friends, possibly lifelong ones.
  • Be inspired to continue helping to create change.

Suitable for


Typical day

You will wake up and meet for breakfast at around 7:30am and will then be taken to your allocated project around 8:30am to start your day’s volunteering. Remember to take plenty of water with you as it will be very hot and humid. 

A typical morning session at your school project will involve assisting in the classroom with English and Maths. This will include you using books, writing out activities on the chalkboard and engaging students in interactive learning by asking them to join you at the front of class. Learning English phrases and numbers through singing songs is often very popular.

At around 10:30am, it is likely that classes will stop for morning break where there will be time for the children to have a snack and play games. This will be followed by another lesson until around 12:30pm when lunchtime will commence. You will break for lunch and be served a delicious, hot meal that is brought to you by your trip hosts.

After lunch, you may like to take your learning outside the classroom and get the children participating in a PE lesson. Activities may include bean bag racing, co-ordination exercises and counting games. These activities will depend on the resources available so we recommend bringing some sports equipment with you if you have specific sessions planned. 

Afternoon activities will finish at around 3:00pm, at which point you will be picked up and taken back to your accommodation to relax after a hard day’s work. You may have the chance to visit the market or explore Stone Town during the afternoon. Dinner will be served at your accommodation around 7:00pm.

Program Requirements

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A can-do attitude and a desire to make a difference are the most important qualities that volunteers need. We believe that every volunteer has something to offer on our trips, regardless of skills.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at African Adventures are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

We will take you to see the beautiful and interesting sites of Zanzibar; you have never seen such stunning beaches! We will also introduce you to the culture of the area as much as possible, with various cultural activities on offer.

There are likely to be other volunteers with you during your programme, meaning you will have the great opportunity of making new friends and bonding as a team. Outside of project hours, you can relax, get to know the other volunteers and the African Adventures staff on your programme, and explore the local area. Zanzibar is an incredible island with lots to see and do and our friendly in-country team are on hand with the best recommendations!


Included Services

What's included?
The trip cost covers most aspects required during the trip. This includes food, accommodation, all in-country travel, in-country guides, project work and volunteer travel insurance. The costs that are not included are visas, flights, medical expenses before you travel and spending money for the trip. There is an additional cost should you decide to go on an adventure weekend. See the website for more information.
Airport Pickup at Dar Es Salam International Airport

We provide all travel required from and to the airport whilst in Zanzibar and we also provide all the travel to and from the projects and the adventure weekend.


Volunteers stay at a hotel in Stone Town. Facilities are more basic than you may be used to but the rooms are comfortable and have the necessary western amenities.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day and will get to sample the local cuisine. Fruit is a big part of the Zanzibari diet and it is fantastically fresh! Your meals with consist of a staple such as pasta or potato along with vegetables and fresh fish or meat.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Zanzibar/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Adventures 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 African Adventures during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Tanzania

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Tanzania. Please check the visa regulations for Tanzania.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Tanzania and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Tanzania.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Dar Es Salam International Airport (DAR) in Dar Es Salaam. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.
What can you do in leisure-time in Tanzania while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Stone Town, Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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