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Dolphin Research & Marine Conservation in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Living on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, volunteers play a vital role in studying the effects of tourism and human interaction on the marine ecosystem, all whilst being surrounded by crystal clear waters and endless white sands that many would consider a paradise! Through monitoring and assessments of the stunning coral reefs and regular sustainable swims with the resident dolphins in the area, you will contribute to on-going work that is being done to protect and conserve the fragile ecosystem for the rural fishing villages who rely on it for produce and tourism.

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Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Spend each day snorkelling the beautiful coral reefs off the coast to take part in vital assessments of the marine ecosystem
  • Study the impact of tourism on the population and behavior of wild dolphins in the area, swimming with them in a sustainable way in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean
  • Play a key role in the marine research being undertaken in the area, learning about the ecosystem and helping to create management plans to protect the area
  • Live in a rural village by the ocean, learning about the colorful culture of the local people and their relationship to the stunning marine environment they’re surrounded by
  • Spend your weekends in an island paradise, relaxing on the beautiful white sands and swimming in the crystal clears waters
 
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Marine Wildlife Research & Conservation
Priced From Priced From
£ 1167 |

“There’s something very special about working so closely with the dolphins - I never get tired of their majestic personalities. Seeing them in the wild is magical, and seeing volunteers see them is mind-blowing. What a rewarding job!" Duncan Tossell, Zanzibar Programme Manager

 “What I love most about the marine project is how it seeks to involve the community from every angle. I love the holistic approach and the benefits are so clear to see.” Sarah Bolger, East Africa Development Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1167 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 Weeks GBP 1167
2017 - 3 Weeks GBP 1481
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1795
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 2271
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 2567
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2863
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 3159
2018 - 2 Weeks GBP 1199
2018 - 3 Weeks GBP 1522
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1845
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 2334
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2638
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 2943
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 3247

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

11 & 25 September | 9 & 23 October | 6 & 20 November | 4th December

2018 Start Dates:

8, 15 & 29 January | 12 & 26 February | 12 & 26 March | 9 & 23 April | 7 & 21 May | 4 & 18 June | 2, 16 & 30 July | 13 & 27 August | 10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October |  5 & 19 November | 3 December

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Work & Impacts

As a marine conservation volunteer, you will play a vital part in:

  • Collecting valuable research data that can be used for effective conservation plans
  • Organising and conducting various environmental awareness activities, including teaching environmental classes, creating a passion for marine conservation in the local people
  • Aiding community development: generating new ideas and activities to assist the community and grow the project.
 
Research

Marine Research and Monitoring

Working alongside a number of research partners, including the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Dar es Salaam and the Kizimkazi Dolphin Tourism Association, volunteers help to monitor human-dolphin interaction in the local area in order to be able to effectively protect the species, as well as preserving the area for future tourism income. Volunteers will learn about the safest and most sustainable ways to interact with the dolphins, going on regular swims and your research and observations will then be fed into studies and management plans to help conserve the area for both the dolphins and the local people.

Further to the monitoring of dolphins, volunteers also spend a significant portion of their time snorkelling in order to monitor and assess the health of coral reefs and fish populations, as well having the opportunity to assist in whale identification during whale season (June – Oct).

 
Marine education

Marine Education

Marine conservation takes place both in the water and on land, in the form of educational sessions with local school children and the local people. By maintaining an education facility in the village, locals have access to information on the marine species in the area, as well as resources which can help them understand the marine ecosystem and how best to conserve it. Through workshops, one-to-one discussions, as well as free learning, volunteers help educate the community members on conservation and ensuring a thriving marine ecosystem for the future. 

 
Community development

Community Development

As well as the marine research and conservation activities you will be involved in, living in such a small and traditional village means that you can get involved in some wider community development initiatives that are on-going, including beach clean ups, coral reef surveys, teaching English to adults and children on a freelance basis and supporting local youth programmes during your free time.

 
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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Evening activities

Evening Activities

As well as grabbing some food and having a drink around the fire pit after a long day’s work, there are also a number of other events which run, including our quiz night which we hold every Tuesday, dessert night (we hope that speaks for itself!) and even the opportunity to go for dinner with a local family for a small fee. Normally these dinners involve sitting on the floor and eating with your hands whilst you enjoy some traditional food and drink. Volunteers love this night out as it gives you a first-hand experience of the local culture, traditions and provides some much-needed income and support to the host families.

 
Getting active

Getting Active

Zanzibar’s beautiful sunrises mean that volunteers often like to wake up early and can’t resist heading to the beach, only steps away from your accommodation! Whether it’s a long walk along the shore or yoga on the soft sand, the beach has plenty of space for you to get active. If it’s the ocean you like, Zanzibar is perfect for those with an interest in water sports; whether that’s sailing, kite surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving or swimming with some of the beautiful marine life, Zanzibar really has it all. 

 
Explore regional treasures

Explore the Island

Despite living in a small fishing village, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to explore and Zanzibar really does have something for everyone – whether it’s culture, art, adrenaline or food you’re passionate about, the island is known for being a colorful and diverse place. The best way to start is by taking a village tour, which will introduce you to the local ways of life and also help you meet some of the villagers. If you want to venture a bit further afield, why not take one of the day trips to a nearby sandbank – when you picture deserted islands and piercing blue waters, this is it! You will be able to snorkel, swim and then share a fresh seafood barbeque prepared by the team – it’s definitely a volunteer favorite and a once in a lifetime experience.

 

Should you have some time before or after your volunteering experience, there is also plenty to see on Tanzania’s mainland, including safari’s in some of the most famous reserves in the world, including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and should you be feeling very active, you could always climb Mount Kilimanjaro!

 
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About this destination

About this destination

About the Destination

Home to endless white sandy beaches, crystal clear warm waters and friendly and colorful locals, Zanzibar is a small island just off the coast of Tanzania that is famous for its marine life and culture. Due to this, it’s not surprising that Zanzibar is a tourist-favorite, with many coming to soak up the sunshine in this tropical paradise while seeing all that the area has to offer.

The buzzing city of Stone Town will be your first stop upon landing in Zanzibar and as a World Heritage Site, you won’t be short of things to do if you wanted to come back and visit during your free time! A hub of activity, traders sell spices, fruits and fresh fish on every street corner and there are plenty of markets where you can find exotic souvenirs to bring home!

Just one hour away – and an exciting drive through Zanzibar’s jungle-like back roads with our experienced staff members - volunteers will soon reach the villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi where our volunteering project is based. These traditional fishing villages run along on the Southern Coast of the island and are remote, beautiful and home to endless palm tree-lined beaches and lovely local people who rely daily on the ocean for their income and food, but also struggle with the impacts of tourism and human interaction on their ecosystem.

You will be living in snug beach-houses only steps away from the white sandy coast in an area that is famous for its snorkelling, scuba-diving and marine life, so when you’re not working hard during the day there is plenty to do with the rest of your time. Whether it’s getting out on to (or under!) the water to spot dolphins, sharks, rays or other marine life, or just spending the day under the shade of a coconut tree on the beach, Zanzibar is a perfect location to relax while also making a huge impact on the protection of the marine life for the local people.

 
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Feedback from our volunteers

Marijne Mevius, Holland

I really loved my time here. It was amazing to meet so many new volunteers and to experience so many new things. It was a great adventure to get to know a new culture and to get to interact with the community. Seeing the dolphins on a daily basis was incredible and I really felt very safe. It exceeded my best expectations for sure!

 
 
 

Stacey Cardona, Australia

I have always been very open-minded and interested in varied cultures, however I think I do have a new found respect and of course appreciation for this type of culture that could truly only be developed through immersing myself in this way of life. I do know that I will leave here and continue to want to spread awareness about such important issues that appear to be hidden or ignored from the rest of the globe. Living in Africa has assured me that this volunteer project will definitely not be my last.

 
 
 

Ana Martinez Fernandez, Spain

Dolphin Conservation Zanzibar is an amazing project in an unforgettable landscape. You will enjoy marine animals and coral reefs and you will feel you make a difference. After this experience, you won't be a tourist anymore, you will be a person caring about your environment. And you will learn the importance of smiling every moment and make the best of the moment.

 
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Dolphin Research & Marine Conservation in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required

Living on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, volunteers play a vital role in studying the effects of tourism and human interaction on the marine ecosystem, all whilst being surrounded by crystal clear waters and endless white sands that many would consider a paradise! Through monitoring and assessments of the stunning coral reefs and regular sustainable swims with the resident dolphins in the area, you will contribute to on-going work that is being done to protect and conserve the fragile ecosystem for the rural fishing villages who rely on it for produce and tourism.

Clipboard research

Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Spend each day snorkelling the beautiful coral reefs off the coast to take part in vital assessments of the marine ecosystem
  • Study the impact of tourism on the population and behavior of wild dolphins in the area, swimming with them in a sustainable way in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean
  • Play a key role in the marine research being undertaken in the area, learning about the ecosystem and helping to create management plans to protect the area
  • Live in a rural village by the ocean, learning about the colorful culture of the local people and their relationship to the stunning marine environment they’re surrounded by
  • Spend your weekends in an island paradise, relaxing on the beautiful white sands and swimming in the crystal clears waters
 
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Marine Wildlife Research & Conservation
Priced From Priced From
£ 1167 |

“There’s something very special about working so closely with the dolphins - I never get tired of their majestic personalities. Seeing them in the wild is magical, and seeing volunteers see them is mind-blowing. What a rewarding job!" Duncan Tossell, Zanzibar Programme Manager

 “What I love most about the marine project is how it seeks to involve the community from every angle. I love the holistic approach and the benefits are so clear to see.” Sarah Bolger, East Africa Development Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1167 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2017 - 2 Weeks GBP 1167
2017 - 3 Weeks GBP 1481
2017 - 4 Weeks GBP 1795
2017 - 5 Weeks GBP 2271
2017 - 6 Weeks GBP 2567
2017 - 7 Weeks GBP 2863
2017 - 8 Weeks GBP 3159
2018 - 2 Weeks GBP 1199
2018 - 3 Weeks GBP 1522
2018 - 4 Weeks GBP 1845
2018 - 5 Weeks GBP 2334
2018 - 6 Weeks GBP 2638
2018 - 7 Weeks GBP 2943
2018 - 8 Weeks GBP 3247

Project Start Dates

2017 Start Dates:

11 & 25 September | 9 & 23 October | 6 & 20 November | 4th December

2018 Start Dates:

8, 15 & 29 January | 12 & 26 February | 12 & 26 March | 9 & 23 April | 7 & 21 May | 4 & 18 June | 2, 16 & 30 July | 13 & 27 August | 10 & 24 September | 8 & 22 October |  5 & 19 November | 3 December

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Work & Impacts

As a marine conservation volunteer, you will play a vital part in:

  • Collecting valuable research data that can be used for effective conservation plans
  • Organising and conducting various environmental awareness activities, including teaching environmental classes, creating a passion for marine conservation in the local people
  • Aiding community development: generating new ideas and activities to assist the community and grow the project.
 
Research

Marine Research and Monitoring

Working alongside a number of research partners, including the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Dar es Salaam and the Kizimkazi Dolphin Tourism Association, volunteers help to monitor human-dolphin interaction in the local area in order to be able to effectively protect the species, as well as preserving the area for future tourism income. Volunteers will learn about the safest and most sustainable ways to interact with the dolphins, going on regular swims and your research and observations will then be fed into studies and management plans to help conserve the area for both the dolphins and the local people.

Further to the monitoring of dolphins, volunteers also spend a significant portion of their time snorkelling in order to monitor and assess the health of coral reefs and fish populations, as well having the opportunity to assist in whale identification during whale season (June – Oct).

 
Marine education

Marine Education

Marine conservation takes place both in the water and on land, in the form of educational sessions with local school children and the local people. By maintaining an education facility in the village, locals have access to information on the marine species in the area, as well as resources which can help them understand the marine ecosystem and how best to conserve it. Through workshops, one-to-one discussions, as well as free learning, volunteers help educate the community members on conservation and ensuring a thriving marine ecosystem for the future. 

 
Community development

Community Development

As well as the marine research and conservation activities you will be involved in, living in such a small and traditional village means that you can get involved in some wider community development initiatives that are on-going, including beach clean ups, coral reef surveys, teaching English to adults and children on a freelance basis and supporting local youth programmes during your free time.

 
Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Evening activities

Evening Activities

As well as grabbing some food and having a drink around the fire pit after a long day’s work, there are also a number of other events which run, including our quiz night which we hold every Tuesday, dessert night (we hope that speaks for itself!) and even the opportunity to go for dinner with a local family for a small fee. Normally these dinners involve sitting on the floor and eating with your hands whilst you enjoy some traditional food and drink. Volunteers love this night out as it gives you a first-hand experience of the local culture, traditions and provides some much-needed income and support to the host families.

 
Getting active

Getting Active

Zanzibar’s beautiful sunrises mean that volunteers often like to wake up early and can’t resist heading to the beach, only steps away from your accommodation! Whether it’s a long walk along the shore or yoga on the soft sand, the beach has plenty of space for you to get active. If it’s the ocean you like, Zanzibar is perfect for those with an interest in water sports; whether that’s sailing, kite surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving or swimming with some of the beautiful marine life, Zanzibar really has it all. 

 
Explore regional treasures

Explore the Island

Despite living in a small fishing village, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to explore and Zanzibar really does have something for everyone – whether it’s culture, art, adrenaline or food you’re passionate about, the island is known for being a colorful and diverse place. The best way to start is by taking a village tour, which will introduce you to the local ways of life and also help you meet some of the villagers. If you want to venture a bit further afield, why not take one of the day trips to a nearby sandbank – when you picture deserted islands and piercing blue waters, this is it! You will be able to snorkel, swim and then share a fresh seafood barbeque prepared by the team – it’s definitely a volunteer favorite and a once in a lifetime experience.

 

Should you have some time before or after your volunteering experience, there is also plenty to see on Tanzania’s mainland, including safari’s in some of the most famous reserves in the world, including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and should you be feeling very active, you could always climb Mount Kilimanjaro!

 
Back to Top

About this destination

About this destination

About the Destination

Home to endless white sandy beaches, crystal clear warm waters and friendly and colorful locals, Zanzibar is a small island just off the coast of Tanzania that is famous for its marine life and culture. Due to this, it’s not surprising that Zanzibar is a tourist-favorite, with many coming to soak up the sunshine in this tropical paradise while seeing all that the area has to offer.

The buzzing city of Stone Town will be your first stop upon landing in Zanzibar and as a World Heritage Site, you won’t be short of things to do if you wanted to come back and visit during your free time! A hub of activity, traders sell spices, fruits and fresh fish on every street corner and there are plenty of markets where you can find exotic souvenirs to bring home!

Just one hour away – and an exciting drive through Zanzibar’s jungle-like back roads with our experienced staff members - volunteers will soon reach the villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi where our volunteering project is based. These traditional fishing villages run along on the Southern Coast of the island and are remote, beautiful and home to endless palm tree-lined beaches and lovely local people who rely daily on the ocean for their income and food, but also struggle with the impacts of tourism and human interaction on their ecosystem.

You will be living in snug beach-houses only steps away from the white sandy coast in an area that is famous for its snorkelling, scuba-diving and marine life, so when you’re not working hard during the day there is plenty to do with the rest of your time. Whether it’s getting out on to (or under!) the water to spot dolphins, sharks, rays or other marine life, or just spending the day under the shade of a coconut tree on the beach, Zanzibar is a perfect location to relax while also making a huge impact on the protection of the marine life for the local people.

 
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Feedback from our volunteers

Marijne Mevius, Holland

I really loved my time here. It was amazing to meet so many new volunteers and to experience so many new things. It was a great adventure to get to know a new culture and to get to interact with the community. Seeing the dolphins on a daily basis was incredible and I really felt very safe. It exceeded my best expectations for sure!

 
 
 

Stacey Cardona, Australia

I have always been very open-minded and interested in varied cultures, however I think I do have a new found respect and of course appreciation for this type of culture that could truly only be developed through immersing myself in this way of life. I do know that I will leave here and continue to want to spread awareness about such important issues that appear to be hidden or ignored from the rest of the globe. Living in Africa has assured me that this volunteer project will definitely not be my last.

 
 
 

Ana Martinez Fernandez, Spain

Dolphin Conservation Zanzibar is an amazing project in an unforgettable landscape. You will enjoy marine animals and coral reefs and you will feel you make a difference. After this experience, you won't be a tourist anymore, you will be a person caring about your environment. And you will learn the importance of smiling every moment and make the best of the moment.

 
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