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. 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.
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.
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.
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.