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Building and Renovation Support

You will be supporting with the building and renovation of new and existing school structures, to allow more children a free, engaging education.

Zanzibar is world famous among travellers and tourists for its white sandy beaches and historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is alive with incredible smells and sounds to enrich the senses. If you would like to experience some rest and relaxation alongside hard work, Zanzibar is the place for you.

About the Program

The schools that African Adventures works with are government-run but do not receive much funding to help them develop and improve their facilities. They are incredibly overcrowded and desperately need new classrooms to help them manage student numbers within classrooms. Our building programme focuses on developing the schools’ facilities so that the children attending can enjoy a better education through improved learning environments.

As a building volunteer, you will work at one of our partner schools to help us deliver Our Goals, which focus on working towards a point where the schools can provide a full day’s education to their students every day. Building and renovation work typically ranges from painting and decorating to assisting with the construction of new classrooms, kitchens and security walls. 

All the work that we organise is requested by the schools, so our building programme only ever meets an existing need.

Your Role as a Volunteer

You do not need any form of previous experience as all work is led by a local builder, who will deliver a short induction to explain how to carry out the work. Any specialist building work is reserved for those with qualifications, so do not worry about being out of your depth. You should be fit and healthy enough to carry out typical activities such as painting, cement-mixing, plastering and carrying moderately heavy items. If you are unsure about this, please contact your doctor.

Building and construction work volunteers are doing vital work to support our aims in Zanzibar. 

We want to help increase capacity for the schools, with suitable class sizes, as well as providing more engaging classroom areas to support students with their learning. There are a wide range of jobs that volunteers can help with including painting classroom walls, plastering, building toilet blocks and constructing perimeter fences. 

All work is led by local builders and volunteers simply support this where they can, so no qualifications or experience are necessary, although undoubtedly a help. Not only will you provide building 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.

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.

  • 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

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Typical day

A typical day will begin at 9:00am and finish at 3:00pm. It can be very hot in Zanzibar, so it is important that volunteers keep well-hydrated and work at a steady pace. You will wake up and meet for breakfast at around 7:30am and you will then be taken to your allocated project at around 8:30am to start your day’s volunteering. 

Depending on your allocated construction work, a typical morning session at your school project might include cementing bricks for a new classroom, painting existing classrooms, or screeding classroom walls and floors. There will be a friendly team of qualified builders to help you with these tasks. You might like to take some gloves and eyewear with you for protection.

At around 10:30am, you can stop for morning break with the children, when they take time to have a snack and play games. After 30 minutes, lessons will recommence and you can continue with your building work for another hour or so. 

At around 12:30pm, your Trip Host will bring you a cooked meal, which will be well-deserved after your morning’s work. In the afternoon, you will continue with your building and renovation activities until the time the school closes at around 3:00pm and your Trip Host takes you back to the volunteer accommodation for some downtime. 

During the afternoon, you may like to visit the craft market or explore Stone Town. Dinner will be served around 7:00pm, after which you can either spend some time with fellow volunteers or just relax with a book and reflect on your day’s volunteering. 

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date. 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
required
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.

Contact Project Coordinator

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!

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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.

Accommodation

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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,429.00
3 weeks
$1,932.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2,434.00
Average fees
$662.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Zanzibar/Tanzania between 2 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.

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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.

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Airport
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.
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If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Tanzania while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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