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English Teaching & Community Outreach

Jambiani, Tanzania

Agency | GoEco

Volunteers can contribute to working in the educational system and helping to strengthen and promote women's empowerment in the village.

This program is aimed at the development of Jambiani. Volunteers can contribute to a number of different programs throughout town which help the local community, including working in the educational system and helping to strengthen and promote women's empowerment in the village. A special focus is given to teaching English to the local community and improving the fluency of children of all ages, as well as their teachers.

Volunteer Involvement in Local Pre-Schools:  While the educational system in the community is ill-equipped, the students understand the importance of education and have a very strong desire to learn. You will assist the local students and teachers by:

  • Teaching English to children, as well as their teachers
  • Developing the children's creative and motor skills through crafts such as painting, drawing, and coloring
  • Playing developmental games with the children
  • Helping to maintain and repair the facilities

If you are a fully qualified teacher and would like to get involved in a primary or secondary school in the area, please let us know and we will see if this is possible.
Adult English Classes: The tourism industry is a sector with a lot of potential in Zanzibar. Volunteers will get involved in teaching English to adults from nearby villages to help them better communicate with tourists. Volunteers will also teach English to other community groups, including the local football team, teenagers, and local women’s groups.

The Location

Volunteers will spend most of their time in Jambiani, a gorgeous coastal town located in southern Zanzibar which boasts gorgeous white sand beaches and picture perfect sunrises. Visitors will enjoy the warm waters and leisurely pace by which the town operates. Jambiani is only an hour drive from Zanzibar Town, the capital of the Zanzibar archipelago.

Holidays: Please note that for the month of Ramadan and the 4 days of Eid, all school children will be on holiday and the schools will be closed so there will be no volunteer work associated with the schools during this month. During school holidays, volunteer will take part in community programs which may include:

  • Community beautification through painting, repair work, building
  • Environmental maintenance work, such as litter pick-ups and planting trees
  • Creating school resources such as posters and lesson plans
  • Facilitating sports activities
  • For a detailed holiday schedule, please consult our placement coordinators.

Typical day

A typical day: At 8:30 am, you will cycle to your volunteer placement within Jambiani village where you can expect to work from about 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a 1 to 2 hour break for lunch in the afternoon. After work, you can unwind on the beach or at an internet cafe. Dinner is served at 6:30, and in the evening volunteers can relax, play games and, on some nights, enjoy the activities scheduled by staff.
Fridays are usually occupied with a community project, such as planting trees, repairing or maintaining schools, cleaning the beach, working in the gardens or organizing sports activities with the nursery school children. It can also include some prep time for lessons the following week.
You will have Saturdays and Sundays off to do any tourist activities or to rest from your week of volunteering

Free-time activities

During your stay you will have the opportunity to enjoy some incredible attractions in the surrounding areas such as Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, the famous Serengeti National Park, the unique Ngorongoro Crater, and the mighty Kilimanjaro! Zanzibar and Tanzania offer a variety of tours and safari options, which are perfect for a weekend getaway or a pre/post program safari. Most activities are priced all-inclusive providing transport, transfers, accommodation, guide and driver, park entry fees, etc. The program coordinators in Zanzibar will be happy to assist you in exploring these options:

  • Incredible snorkeling and scuba diving off Zanzibar island
  • Jozani Forest
  • Swimming with dolphins at Kizimkazi
  • Stone Town City Tour
  • Spice Tour
  • Tour of Prison Island


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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Flexibility and open mindedness,
high level of independence and emotional strength,
motivation to work with children.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Suitable for


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  • accommodation
  • three meals a day
  • airport pick-up and drop-off
  • comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • local in-country team and 24h emergency support
Airport Pickup at Zanzibar International Airport

You will stay in a volunteer house in Jambiani village, just a short walk away from the beach. The rooms are dormitory-style and single-gender, with 3-4 volunteers per room. Accommodations include mosquito nets, fans, bedding and housekeeping. The volunteer house is also equipped with a resource room where you can find and store program work and prepare lessons. 

*Please Note: There is NO HOT WATER for showering (most places in Zanzibar do not have hot water).

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers receive three meals a day. Breakfast usually consists of eggs, porridge, toast, fruit, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner include a mix of local and international food and are freshly prepared each day.

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.
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.
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

You can volunteer at the project site in Jambiani/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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