Home to endless white sandy beaches, crystal clear warm waters and friendly and colourful 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-favourite, 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 fish caught fresh that day 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. . Life is much quieter here than in Stone Town and as fishing villages, many of the local villagers have little to no formal education, as well as limited opportunities for their children to access the English language and create brighter futures for themselves.
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 onto (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 local people.