The Teaching on Zanzibar Project gives you the incredible experience of living and working as a volunteer teacher on a jewel-like tropical island.
About the Program
Not far from the beautiful coast of Tanzania, you will find the magical island archipelago of Zanzibar, where time seems to stand still and people still live the traditional way. 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.
Stone Town is a labyrinth of alleys and walkways and takes you back centuries. Stone Town and the surrounding villages offer volunteers the unique opportunity to enjoy the white beaches, clear blue water, coconut palm trees and the lively Zanzibar culture and food. The island is a popular backpacker’s destination.
The primary schools educate over 2 000 children, and due to the lack of schools on Zanzibar, the school has 2 sessions a day and offers a morning school and afternoon school. Children from 6 - 18 years old receive their education in open classrooms with barely enough benches or chairs for each child. Circumstances are basic and the extra help from volunteers is much needed.
English and maths are two subjects that the schools have challenges in. The number of pupils is big, English is not always spoken by teachers and facilities are basic. You can make a change here by supporting the school and its principal by offering assistance in teaching English. You can also offer sports and games after school hours, as well as simply explaining your own culture to the children. Help make this most important time of these children’s lives as positive and educational as possible.
Guidance and Supervision on the Project
In general there are a variety of needs and volunteers should keep in mind that you come to volunteer to help where it is needed most, not just to take part in your favourite activities. So be flexible and open-minded to any changes, or other activities that might need your support a little bit more than the ones you prefer. There is plenty of fun to be had while you work!
There is an ongoing need for financial support. Any possible gifts and donations provided by volunteers and their networks are extremely appreciated.
Average working hours are 4-6 hours per day involving the following tasks
A lot activities can be found in the neighborhood of Zanzibar. Go sailing, scubadiving or choose one of the other activities on the water! Taste the traditional spices and food on a Zanzibar cook and spices tour where you make your own traditional meal and eat it yourself! Furthermore, you can go hiking, cycling, there is a yoga center where you can practice your flexibility or do a culture tour and find out the real Zanzibar.
You will be picked up at the airport. Just email us your arrival time and one of our coordinators will be ready to pick you up and will bring you to your accommodation!
You will be staying in the area of Chukwani just outside Stone Town, in our shared volunteer house. The house is secure and offers a cook that will provide all meals for you, but feel free to join in and make some of your own dishes.
The bedrooms are shared, depending on availability. The house is furnished to Zanzibari standards and has a nice garden to relax, shops within walking distance and is an easy trip to Stone Town with public transport.
You will be served local food 3 times a day which includes meat, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Zanzibaris love their homemade chips (fries), rice dishes and chapatis (Indian pancakes). Try out some new things and experience what Zanzibar has been famous for for centuries: spices and good food.