ZANZIBAR VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM.

Zanzibar is home to world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, swimming with wild dolphins in ethical ways, and marine-spotting opportunities. You will discover some of the world’s least-visited coral reefs, with an array of spectacular and diverse water life at your fingertips. 

Take a trip to the hustle and bustle of Stone Town offering a hub of activity. Discover a lively trading town, with its markets selling spices, fresh fruit and fish, while holding the impressive title of a World Heritage Site. 

Between the vibrant city life & tropical paradise, Zanzibar offers unique safari sites, exquisite marine life and beautiful sunsets. Soaked in Swahili history, the diversity of this incredible island will astonish you, beyond your wildest imagination. 

Fun Facts 

  • Zanzibar is popularly referred to as the ‘spice islands
  • Zanzibar is the world’s oldest functioning Swahili city
  • Zanzibar has seen influences from British, Dutch, Egyptian, Portuguese, Arab & Phoenician, throughout various stages of history
  • The Zanzibar archipelago is a series of islands on the Indian Ocean. The island is situated around 16-31 miles from the mainland Republic of Tanzania. 
  • Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania.
  • Nestled close to the Equator, Zanzibar is warm throughout the year and has 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, like most of the East African countries.
  • Zanzibar is home to the nearly extinct Red Columbus Monkey, the Servaline Genet, and the Leopard.

Projects:  Despite its blissful beaches, unique architecture & exquisite flora & fauna, life for many locals is tough and the majority of people are living below the poverty line. Zanzibar offers a truly authentic volunteering experience and an insight into marine conservation, from an angle like no other. 

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP

All international flights land in Zanzibar City. If your flight takes you into Dar es Salaam, rather than to Zanzibar, you can opt to take a ferry or flight to the island. 

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar. A member of staff will meet you on arrival at Airport. This airport services numerous international carriers. Zanzibar has good connections to destinations throughout the Middle East, Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa. 

ORIENTATION

Orientation and placement will be done the next day. The volunteer guest house will be your base for volunteering while living in Zanzibar. 

PROJECT DETAILS

By becoming our teaching volunteer, you will get involved in a complete range of teaching and development activities in Zanzibar. If you’re a native English speaker or if you already had some teaching experience, you will surely be a valuable resource in the classrooms.

Your English skills will allow you to teach proper pronunciation and language usage. The currently opened volunteer placements are for teaching children aged 4-7 years old.

During the first week, a local teacher will assist you to conduct classes and solve language barrier issues if any. When the children become familiar with you, you will then be able to run classes independently. As all private and public schools have worked-out curriculums, you can either follow the official Tanzanian curriculum or apply your own skills.

If you have any additional skills like teaching games, music, painting, singing, dancing, yoga, martial arts, etc., you are most welcome and encouraged to apply them in practice.

The application process is not complicated, and volunteers do not need to apply a long time in advance. CR HOPE Foundation gives you the support you need to take the hassle out of arranging your volunteering adventure in Zanzibar.

Our volunteer programs in Zanzibar give you the chance to experience a different culture whilst contributing towards a worthy teaching, community, conservation, or sports initiative.

AVAILABLE VOLUNTEERING WORKS IN ZANZIBAR.

Planning to volunteer abroad with an orphanage or childcare program? AMANI HOSTEL offers Zanzibar orphanage volunteer work for individuals/couples/families/groups and students who love children to make a great contribution and bring changes in their lives. Doing orphanage work in Zanzibar will also help you to get immersed in the local Zanzibar culture.

Zanzibar people are known to be friendly; this is one of the best reasons to work as a volunteer in Zanzibar. Doing orphanage volunteer work in Zanzibar is a great opportunity to learn a new culture from inside out. This volunteer project can be quite emotional when you see poverty close you but you will be able to help and you will be given full training and support when participating. You won’t be alone either; there will be volunteers from all over the world helping too.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Teaching English (3-4 hour a day)
  • Helping the children with their homework and monitoring their academic progress etc.
  • Assisting the children with their daily routine before and after school (i.e. brushing teeth, getting dressed)
  • Accompanying the children to school and picking them up
  • Organizing games, arts and crafts and singing and dancing activities and any other creative educational extracurricular activities
  • Taking kids on educational tours around Zanzibar (Tanzania mainland)
  • Help in food cooking, distribution, kitchen and garden.
  • Help with administration.

Volunteering with our Zanzibar Orphanage program is a memorable life moment that you give back to the community. By joining the Zanzibar orphanage volunteering project you get the chance to improve the life of underprivileged children, care for them and support them.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Zanzibar is a paradise with soft-sand, white beaches, and shimmering azure waters. If you are a beach or sun lover and you have a thing for snorkeling, Zanzibar is your destination. But, the Zanzibar Archipelago is so much more than romantic coastlines and blissful sunsets – these islands offer a kaleidoscope of sights, smells and tastes which feed your soul and leave you wanting to return again.

ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:

All international flights land in Zanzibar City. If your flight takes you into Dar es, Salaam, rather than to Zanzibar, you can opt to take a ferry or flight to the island.

After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar. A member of staff from our local partner organization from Arusha will meet you on arrival at Airport. This airport services numerous international carriers. Zanzibar has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Zanzibar you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.

PROJECT DETAILS:

The children living at the orphanage home really need love & care, just like other children. Every child needs love, kindness, attention and care. When the little human beings are born, they should be surrounded by loving people. But unfortunately, life dictates its harsh laws, and many children do not have anyone close who would care. We need volunteers for this project because having volunteered with them at all times makes them happy and they feel that they have somebody taking care of them.

At orphanage care project in Zanzibar, there are many areas where volunteers can use their education and skills to contribute to the life-changing experience for our children. Amani Hostel  facilitates opportunities for individuals, students, groups and gap-year students to volunteer in Zanzibar.

AMANI HOSTEL organizes and arranges adventure holidays, wildlife programs, language and cultural experience programs, and meaningful volunteer opportunities across Zanzibar. Amani Hostel places volunteers and interns in schools, hospitals, and orphanages in Zanzibar. You can even sign up for an adventure safari or tour in Tanzania (mainland).

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on the Zanzibar volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteer work in Zanzibar. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, what extra health precautions to keep in mind, and all logistics.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

Volunteers are provided accommodation in a beautiful coastal volunteer house accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accept volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

Visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. Almost all that are not visa exempt may obtain a visa on arrival. Visa must be paid with notes of USD 50 or USD 100. The length of stay is determined at ports of entry.

All volunteers are required to apply for class “C” resident permit in Tanzania after your arrival in Tanzania and this is your responsibility. You will enter Tanzania with a tourist visa and apply the permit next day. You must apply the permit in the Immigration Bureau in Dar Es salaam, Arusha or Zanzibar city. Our country coordinator in Tanzania will help you during the application process.

INSURANCE:

You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.

WEEKENDS AND FREE TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Zanzibar/Tanzania has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests are, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 4 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: 6 to 17 yrs if traveling with parent/guardian
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 5-8 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Zanzibar
Language: English

 

Trip Highlights

  • The English Teaching Project aims at the educational development of underprivileged children in Zanzibar
  • English as a language yields high returns professionally in the tourism-dependent economy of Zanzibar thus assisting students helps better their future 
  • Volunteers at the project are placed in different primary and secondary schools in and around the region 
  • During weekends, volunteers can travel around in Tanzania and explore the region with fellow volunteers 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Teach English and other subjects or organize games and arts
  • Share your love and care with children
  • Share your culture and empower children
  • Paint educative murals
  • Provide support for extracurricular activities

Volunteers will be teaching 5 days a week having Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays off. Most of the pupils at our private school have a good command of English yet they may need to practice it further

Overview

Volunteering as an English Teacher in Zanzibar will not only help you to shape the future of these kids, but it’ll also sharpen your skills and abilities. The Teaching English Volunteer Program is a great opportunity for volunteers looking for international work experience in the education sector.

Under this project, volunteers are usually placed in different schools – nursery, primary or secondary, to teach basic English lessons to the local students. Zanzibar, being a part of Tanzania, isn’t a much-developed region and derives most of its income from tourism. Hence, the knowledge of English is essential.

The schools, under this project, lack the basic infrastructure and inappropriate curriculum. Due to administrative issues like short staffing, proper education is not imparted to the students. All these schools are in need of good educators who can also take care of them and guide them for a better future. English and Maths are the two main subjects that need to be taught. The teachers themselves need help with English speaking and mostly converse in the local language. The classrooms are big and the facilities are extremely basic.

You can make a difference here by supporting the schools, the teachers and the principals, not only by offering assistance in teaching English but also by adding bigger goals to their lives. And this will help you to learn a lot about life as well!

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded, and have a passion for working with children. You should also be proactive and have the ability to take initiative  All volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report prior to joining the program.

Dedicating your time, energy, and skills to our teaching volunteer program could be a great way to spend your gap year, career break, or extended vacation. It is also important to mention that neither a specific teaching experience nor a TEFL or TESOL certificate is required to apply for the position.

Your language abilities and enthusiasm are all that is needed to make a difference at our school, where conversational language skills are always in high demand. The impact you have on our students will become obvious as they start to develop their language abilities. Apart from that, you will also be a part of a much larger network of volunteers making a positive and ongoing contribution to the wider communities in Africa.

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

  • Being a volunteer, you’ll get to work alongside the English teachers and current staff in leading the classes in improving the pronunciation and conversational skills.
  • Make daily plans and keep the class engaged. Apart from English, also teach the basics of Maths to the kids.
  • Focus on the weaker kids, and see how you can help them out. Keep a tab on the growth of your students.
  • Help in improving the vocabulary of the students. Prepare test sheets for regular assessments.
  • The best would be to focus on interactive sessions and activity-based learning methods.
  • Involve the students in ‘out-of-the-class’ activities, so that they can gain more practical knowledge.
  • Ask the teachers/principals, in case they need any sort of assistance.

Volunteer Work Schedule

As a volunteer for the English Teaching Program in Zanzibar, Tanzania, your general schedule would be:

  • Sunday – Arrival at the destination (Zanzibar)
  • Monday – An orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering the major topics such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestions for things to do in Zanzibar.
  • Tuesday to Friday – Volunteer work at the placement.
  • Weekends – Free to explore the city.
  • Breakfast – 07:00 am onwards.
  • Working hours at the placement – 08:30 am to 01:00 pm. 
  • Lunch – 01:00 pm to 02:45 pm (volunteer work post-lunch depends on the requirement)
  • Dinner – 07:00 pm onwards.

The same work schedule continues from the second week onwards (Monday – Friday).

Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the project the volunteer is participating on.  Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim and can have a significant impact on any participant who happens to volunteer during the time of Ramadan. The participant schedule shall vary during this time of the year.

Living

Find a beautiful abode away from home in Zanzibar. Volunteering Solutions ensures that our volunteers get the “at home” atmosphere while volunteering.

Airport Transfer

As Zanzibar is semi-autonomous and part of Tanzania you can fly straight to Zanzibar (over Nairobi, Kilimanjaro or other international airports) or fly to Dar es Salaam. If you fly to Dar es Salaam you need to take a cab to the ferry to Zanzibar, where you can buy a ticket for the relaxing 40-minute boat ride to the island.  It is very important that we know about your travel arrangements so the coordinators can be ready for you to arrive. Upon arrival at either the airport or ferry terminus, you will be welcomed by the coordinator who will show you around and take you to your accommodation. 

Daily Transport

Most volunteers use the daladalas, which have specific routes from your accommodation to Stone Town and onto other destinations. It can be time-consuming but also a great start of the day to experience transport the local way; life stock and big mamas all squeezed into a small minibus. In the first two days, the coordinator will take you to your project and pick you up, but after that, you will need to do it by yourself. 
The daladala is very cheap and runs often so fit in and do things like a local!

Orientation

All volunteers are given an orientation about their project and the location by the local coordinator. 

Accommodation

Accommodation is offered with host families in the safe area of Mbwemi just outside Stone Town and close to the airport. You can expect to share a room with other volunteers. We typically use 3-4 host families in the area for our volunteers to stay.

Two of the host families are located next to each other with a local bar within walking distance.

When we receive larger groups of volunteers they are accommodated in our volunteer house. The volunteer house is a fairly large Zanzibar home with a living room/dining room, as well as a kitchen. It accommodates up to 8 volunteers in 2 different rooms and 2 bathrooms. The house has a garden with a secure wall and gate to make sure you are as safe as possible.

Bedding is provided in the form of sheets, but bring a towel for personal use. Mosquito nets are not provided so you can bring one if you choose to. If you don’t have enough space in your suitcase; it is cheap to buy things locally.

The accommodation can be basic, standards are very different in Zanzibar then back home most probably, and showers do not have hot water, but the weather is hot enough to shower cold!

Within easy reach, you will find the main road with food stalls to buy fresh juices, Mandazi (local doughnuts) and any other basic needs. Zanzibar has the most amazing fruit selection and you will find yourself spoiled with the availability and affordability of fruit on the island. Within 20 minutes walk you can find 2 popular bars with fast internet and a supermarket with some imported (and expensive) goodies to treat yourself every now and then.

Meals

Meals are provided 3 times a day by your host. Meals are based on local ingredients and will include meat, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes, as well as the favorite ‘chipsi’ (fries) and pancakes. Breakfast will generally consist of tea and coffee, toast, jam and peanut butter with some fruit while lunches and dinners are cooked meals which you can eat after work and at your own preferred time.

During your Free Time

Volunteers will have a lot of free time during the weekend. During weekdays too, your evenings would be free. Some of the activities that you can get involved in during your free time in Zanzibar.

  • Visit the old forts, museums and beautiful streets of Stone Town
  • Eat all the seafood you can at Forodhani Gardens in the evening
  • Go on a spice tour to see how cloves, nutmeg and much more are grown
  • Go swimming in crystal clear water
  • Snorkel or dive to some of the most beautiful reefs of the world.
  • Relax and live the island lifestyle!

All free time activities are at the participant’s own expense.

What are you paying for?

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
  • Personal collection upon arrival at the airport or ferry.
  • First day introduction at the project and surroundings.
  • Accommodation (shared rooms)
  • Meals (3 meals a day)
  • Guidance and supervision during your stay
  • Offer of tours and outings in the weekends (extra costs can apply) 
  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
  • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

Trip Highlights.

  • Enjoy unforgettable medical volunteering experience coupled with unforgettable Tanzanian cultural experience.
  • Come and experience the difference passionate volunteers can make to lives of people.
  • See what the land of unforgettable experience and cultural diversity has to offer, while creating understanding and friendship with the local people.
  • Come and volunteer with us not for us, we are far more interested with your skills and desire to help than anything.
  • Experience unforgettable wilderness by visiting the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro to name a few.
  • Volunteer for a Medical & Healthcare Project in Tanzania – Zanzibar and get a glimpse of local healthcare systems
  • Work alongside professional doctors/nurses in local hospitals/clinics
  • Opportunity to work in Gynecology Department, Operation Theater for surgeries, General Medicine, Physiotherapy department, First Aid department, Laboratory and research, and X-ray facilities.
  • Be actively involved in the daily procedures of the hospital, taking rounds of the wards, maintaining files, and doing routine patient checkups like measure Blood pressure, pulse, checking fever, suturing wounds, giving vaccinations etc.
  • Weekends are free for traveling and exploring the city

Amani Hostel Medical Placement.

Amani Hostel is a volunteering organization based in Arusha, in northern Tanzania. We are a non-profit organization, aimed at improving the lives of all those in need in the local community. Specifically, we work with underprivileged groups such as women and children through providing the needed healthcare and services from our volunteers. Established to bring Western enthusiasm, expertise and passion to tackling some of the problems which affect the neediest in Tanzania. Our ethos is that you’ll be volunteering with us, not for us. We’re far more interested in your skills and desire to help than your money.

There lots of nursing volunteer opportunities abroad but these nursing assistant placements offered in Zanzibar Island of Tanzania are quite special and of its kind. Our research on several other nursing volunteer placements in Tanzania and even outside the country has shown that there is a lot of limitation on the duties and the level of involvement volunteer nurses get. However this program goes very far to offering nurses a wide range of activities and involvement however being closed supervised by a local experienced nurse.

About Zanzibar

Zanzibar part of the United Republic of Tanzania „ Comprises of 2 main Islands Unguja and Pemba which covers an area of 2328 sq.km. Zanzibar population is 1,300,000 (2012 census „ 50% below 50 years „ Annual growth rate of 3.1%) „Population density 400/sq.km.  Life expectancy 48 years, Infant mortality 83/1000, Under 5 mortality 166/1000, Maternal mortality 377/100000 live births, 33%live in urban areas, Malnutrition rate among children 30% by 2012 „ 70% of children between 12 to 23 month have received complete immunization before 1st birthday

Zanzibar Health Information

100% live within 10 km of Health care facilities and 95% within 5Km. There are 127 Primary Health Care Units, 4 Primary Health Care Centres; 3regional Hospitals in Pemba with capacity of 80 to 100 beds an 400 bed referral hospital in Zanzibar Town. There are 100 private clinics, 3 private hospitals, 66 pharmacies and 206 OTC shops. Population per physician ratio is estimated at about 11,000

 

Zanzibar Health Sector Challenges

  • Downturn of the economy made it difficult for the state to adequately finance social service sector including health. „
  • Increased population growth rates and resurgence of diseases like HIV/AIDS significantly increased the demand for services beyond what public health infrastructure can provide.
  • Barrier to access to services are. Socioeconomic, gender and low health knowledge.
  • Reduction in Direct Donor support.
  • About 50% of the Population lives below poverty line.
  • Per capita income is 250 USD with a lot of disparity and inequality between Unguja & Pemba and between rural and urban areas.
  • Health expenditure per capita is 5.9 USD.

Volunteering overseas is an enormously rewarding activity, both for yourself and the community you work with. Don’t underestimate the skills you have that will make a difference: one of the most important is that you are a fluent speaker of English. With much of the higher curriculum in Tanzania being in English, just being exposed to fluent English is enormously beneficial for volunteering in Tanzania. You’ll make memories (and friends) that will last you a lifetime- knowing that you’ve made lasting positive change to the community you volunteered with, but also became more independent and rounded as a person. We will try and match you with the best possible medical department/field for you. If there’s something specific you want to do, then we will place you there, and if not we will work with you to find something that will benefit both you and the local community enormously.

Thousands of Tanzanian dies every year because of lack of proper medical care and equipment. We place our volunteers in a number of medical clinics and hospitals in suburban Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Arusha. Most of these health centers and hospitals have primitive equipment and facilities that in most cases limit the practitioner’s ability to perform well. Volunteers are placed into hospitals and health centers according to their qualifications and experience.

The departments include the maternity ward, eye clinic, dental department, Women, children and men wards for general health issues, Gynecology Department, Operation Theater for surgeries, Physiotherapy department, First Aid department, Laboratory and research and X-ray facilities.

It will be a challenging experience to assist and work in a hospital that doesn’t have adequate staff, has limited resources and long queues of patients waiting to be treated. One of the challenges is that the wards do not have its own sterilization facilities and everything needs to be sent to the main hospital to be sterilized.

Your role as a volunteer in the medical program will be primarily to assist the local staff on duty. This can differ depending on what level of expertise you have, and for students, it will be more about shadowing the professionals. The challenging circumstances will help you to learn from practical experiences. Volunteers in the past have delivered babies, taken blood, changed dressings, assisted with minor surgery and other activities.

Medical volunteers need to show initiative and have a readiness to work in a new environment.  Because of the utmost importance of proper healthcare coupled with the fact that most volunteers cannot communicate directly with patients due to language barriers, volunteers need to understand that they may not be allowed to take part in some serious medical cases. The doctors are understandably hesitant to allow volunteers to operate on patients. While a medical volunteer may be appropriately qualified to do so, the instruments available in Tanzania will probably not be familiar to volunteers. So, if working on the medical placement volunteers should not become frustrated if they are not actually conducting surgeries.

Volunteers will be observing surgeries, taking blood pressure, administering vaccines, along with a wide range of other medical tasks. Physician assistant programs are designed specifically for international medical physicians with the desire to help and make a difference in a developing country like Tanzania.

Physician Assistant volunteer work takes you as a volunteer to the heart of Tanzania medical problem and gives an opportunity to experience challenges local healthcare practitioners face. Physicians are here given the opportunity o learning from the physicians but at the same time share their skills to local staff like helping treating the local patients. Physician assistant program is for all type of physician whether you an experienced physician volunteer or a physician volunteer with little or no experience, this program cut across all categories.

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

Medical students are able to shadow the professionals, learn from them and assist whenever needed.Qualified medical professionals are able to practice medicine if they are certified by the Zanzibar Medical Council.  Once the necessary forms, documents and payment is submitted it takes a few weeks to process. This certification is valid for up to one year and costs a once off fee of 250 USD.

  • Depending on your skills, you’ll be assigned work like suturing wounds, giving vaccinations, etc.
  • Assist patients with activities such as getting them from one service point to another.
  • You need to be actively involved in the daily procedures of the hospital, taking rounds of the wards, maintaining files, and doing routine patient checkups like measure Blood pressure, pulse, check fever etc.

Volunteers, depending on their background and field of expertise, can assist in:

  • The maternity ward
  • The eye clinic
  • Dental department
  • Women, children and men wards for general health issues
  • Gynecology Department
  • Theatre for surgeries
  • Physiotherapy (3 physiotherapists work here)
  • First Aid department
  • Laboratory and research
  • X-ray facilities

Volunteer Work Schedule.

As a volunteer for the Medical Volunteering Program in Zanzibar, Tanzania, your general schedule would be:

  • Sunday – Arrival at the destination (Zanzibar)
  • Monday – An orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering the major topics such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestions for things to do in Zanzibar.
  • Tuesday to Friday – Volunteer work at the placement.
  • Weekends – Free to explore the city.
  • Breakfast – 07:00 am onwards.
  • Working hours at the placement – 08:30 am to 01:00 pm.
  • Lunch – 01:00 pm to 02:45 pm (volunteer work post lunch depends on the requirement)
  • Dinner – 07:00 pm onwards.

The same work schedule continues from the second week onwards (Monday – Friday).

Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on. Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim and can have a significant impact on any participant who happens to volunteer during the time of Ramadan. The participant schedule shall vary during this time of the year.

You’re Stay

This could very much be your first time in Tanzania; hence we will send you Swahili learning information prior arrival to help you with basic Swahili. Once in country, you are picked up at the airport and taken to your accommodation. You receive two meals a day whilst on the project, and your accommodation is included too- either in group lodgings or you can choose to home stay with a Tanzanian family, which is a great way to really immerse yourself in the culture. The local Amani Hostel team, including graduates with degrees in social work, medical  and project management, are on hand 24/7 to help you get the most out of your project. From tours of the city, to being constantly on call to answer your questions, to helping you book onward travel, we will look after you in country, because you will be a valued part of our team whilst working with us

About Tanzania

With such a perfect location, perched on the edge of the African continent, and facing the Tanzanian Ocean, Tanzania’s weather and climate leaves nothing to be desired. Warm and sunny days are followed by cool and balmy nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti plains or enjoying the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are always welcoming and gentle. Location: Situated in East Africa just south of the equator, mainland Tanzania lies between the area of the great lakes—Victoria, Tanganyika, and Malawi (Niassa)—and the Tanzanian Ocean. It contains a total area of 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq mi), including 59,050 sq km (22,799 sq mi) of inland water.

Comparatively, the area occupied by Tanzania is slightly larger than twice the size of the state of California. It is bounded on the North by Uganda and Kenya, on the East by the Tanzanian Ocean, on the South by Mozambique and Malawi, on the South West by Zambia, and on the West by Zaire, Burundi, and Rwanda, with a total boundary length of 4,826 km (2,999 mi), of which 1,424 km (885 mi) is coastline. Tanzania claims part of Lake Malawi, although its internationally recognized boundary is the eastern shore. Population: 50,483,923 inhabitants Capital city: Located in the heartland of Tanzania, Dodoma is the nation’s new official political capital and the seat of government in the country. Today Dar es Salaam remains the principal commercial city of Tanzania and the de-facto seat of most government institutions.

It is the major seaport for the country and its landlocked neighbors. Ethnic Groups: Mainland-native Africans constitute 99% of the total population. About 120 peoples have been categorized into 5 ethnic groups distinguishable by their physical characteristics and languages.

Approximately 95% of Tanzanians may be roughly classified as Bantu, a comparatively recent blend mainly of Hamitic and Negroid stocks. Tribes range in membership from only a few thousand to the Sukuma tribe, which numbers more than 2 million. Other major tribes include the Nyamwezi, Makonde, Haya, and Chagga. The Luo, east of Lake Victoria, are the only people of Nilotic origin; the Masai of the northern highlands are Nilo-Hamites. A very small number of Bushmen-like people are scattered throughout northern Tanzania, where small tribes of Cushitic origin also live.

The inhabitants of Zanzibar and Pemba are chiefly descendants of mainland Africans or are of mixed African and Arab extraction. The remaining 1% of the populace is made up of non-Africans, including Arabs, Asians, and Europeans. Languages: The official languages of Tanzania are English and Kiswahili. However, some 120 languages are spoken within the borders of Tanzania. The large majority of these (ca. 100) are Bantu languages. The others belong to the language families Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan and (controversially) also Khoesan.

A small number are unclassified. Immigrant languages from Europe and Asia can also be found.  Religion: Christianity and Islam are the predominant religions of Tanzania. About 40-45% of the population practice Christianity, about 35-40% practice Islam. The rest of the population adheres to traditional beliefs, most of which centre around ancestor worship and nature-based animism. Most Christians live on the mainland, where missionary stations and schools reach deep into the continent. Islam is the major religion of the coastal areas but is also practiced further inland along the old caravan routes.

Where will you stay?

Accommodations; There are two types of accommodation available in Zanzibar, Home Stay Accommodation and Volunteer House.  Volunteer House the Volunteer House is a western-style house with 6 bedrooms (all shared accommodations with bunk beds). It has 2 bathrooms with western-style toilets and occasional hot water for showers. The house also includes one double bedroom, and this room is generally reserved for married couples. The house is safe and secure, with a security guard and a large gate.

In the volunteer house, there is a cook who cooks the meals for the volunteers.  (Please note that spaces in the volunteer house are very limited and can only accommodate 18 to 24 people). Home Stay Accommodation Living is basic but all the Home Stays have electricity and running water and accommodate volunteers in safe and secure homes (some rural home stays may not have electricity or running water during times of drought). All home stays have been inspected thoroughly by local staff and chosen because of their safety and security. Most volunteers love their home stays and feel that they get a more authentic Tanzanian experience by staying there.

Transportation within

We will provide you with reliable Taxi driver’s phone number, which you could use in case you want to move around. However you could also use Daladala these are buses, public transport that most people use to travel locally on daily basis.  There is also an option of using bodaboda these are motorcycles that are used as taxis. Other volunteers choose to walk whoever if you also choose to do so like any other new environment we encourage you to be very careful with thieves and pick pocketing.

Visa and Permit

A volunteer is required by the government to pay for a Visa and a permit to be allowed to volunteer in Tanzania. Kindly contact us for more information regarding this.

Hospital contribution

The ministry of health in Tanzania requires all medical volunteers to make a contribution of US $ 100 towards the hospital they will be volunteering. However we as Amani Hostel also make charitable contribution to these hospitals a way of supporting them for their role of looking after our volunteers.

Typical day

In general, expect to work 4-6 hours per day. Volunteers usually wake up early, around 7 or 8 and have breakfast. After breakfast, their workday begins, usually somewhere between 8 and 10 AM.  Your workday will usually end around 2 or 3 PM. Although you will be expected to be at your work placement every weekday, the rest of your time in Tanzania is essentially left up to you to decide how to use it. Your daily schedule may change, as well, so you’ll need to be flexible and ready to adjust.

Amani Hostel anticipates and encourages your desire for travel and adventure. Your time away from volunteering is open for you to decide your activities. You may decide to take advantage of the local culture and spend time within the community over the weekend. Otherwise, there is ample opportunity to explore Tanzania and all it has to offer. Long weekends can be taken to go on safari or to travel further afield to places such as Zanzibar, Dar-es-salaam, Kenya or Uganda. If volunteers wish to volunteer over the weekends they can join local teams and visit other children organizations to spend time simply playing with and entertaining the children. Tanzania is a big country full of exciting adventure.

If you want to stay on in country after volunteering, we’ll help you arrange any number of trips and activities. You can go on safari through the Serengeti or Ngorogoro- which has the highest density of safari animals anywhere on earth. You can relax on the spice island of Zanzibar, taking in nonstop sun, white beaches and clear blue seas. Swimming with dolphins, PADI dive courses, spear gun fishing, sleeping in hammocks strung between palm trees on the beach. We like Zanzibar! If physical adventure is more your thing, Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world is right on your doorstep. A five day climb, and nearly 4 miles high, with temperatures down to minus 25 at the summit, it’s not for the faint of heart, but it can be done, and the sense of achievement will stay with you for a lifetime.

Free-time activities

DAY TRIPS FROM DAR ES SALAAM & ZANZIBAR

Dar es salaam City Tour Spend a day getting to know one of the greatest cities in East Africa. Dar Es Salaam Zoo Want to see all of the animals of Africa, but don’t have time to leave the city? No problem! Take our Dar es Salaam Zoo tour.

Mikumi National Park Want to venture out of town and see some wildlife in its natural habitat?  Then come with us to Mikumi National Park which is alive with wild animals and birds.

Saadani National Park Sadaani National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa right on the Tanzanian Ocean, and is the closest safari from Dar es Salaam. The bush meets the beach in Saadani and the wildlife is abundant making it an amazing day trip.

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills you need to speak English (basic level)

Education Requirements Health or social care related disciplines at High school/University level

Required Documents CV, copies of certificates and related documents

Nationality Restrictions No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 – 15:00.

Airport Pickup at Julius Nyerere International Airport

We do pickup of volunteers from Amani Amri Abeid Karume Airport Zanzibar or anywhere else within Dar Es Salaam.

Accommodation; HOME STAY ACCOMMODATION

Living is basic but all the Home Stays have electricity and running water and accommodate volunteers in safe and secure homes (some rural home stays may not have electricity or running water during times of drought). All home stays have been inspected thoroughly by local staff and chosen because of their safety and security. Most volunteers love their home stays and feel that they get a more authentic Tanzanian experience by staying there.

VOLUNTEER HOUSE

The Volunteer House is a western-style house with 6 bedrooms (all shared accommodations with bunk beds). It has 2 bathrooms with western-style toilets and occasional hot water for showers. The house also includes one double bedroom, and this room is generally reserved for married couples. The house is safe and secure, with a security guard and a large gate. In the volunteer house, there is a cook who cooks the meals for the volunteers.

(Please note that spaces in the volunteer house are very limited and can only accommodate 18 to 24 people).

Food & Beverages Meals: You will be provided with 2 meals daily. Breakfasts generally consist of Chai (tea), toast, cereal, fruit and mandazzi (deep fried dough). Dinner usually sees traditional food such as ugali, chapatti, boga and irio accompany the meat and vegetables.

Internet Access; you will have to pay for Internet Access.

What’s NOT included?

Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

Flight Tickets; The nearest airport is Julius Nyerere 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 – travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.

Vaccines; If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees Details on arrival; our program run throughout the year but Volunteer arrival is usually Friday of every week and the program start day is Monday of every week. Unless there is a special arrangement. The arriving airport is Amani Abeid Karume International Airport Zanzibar. Availability; Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Duration2 – 50 weeks

Volunteer Program fee covers the following

Costs: Prices in USD

Length of Program Program Fee
2 weeks $670 USD
4 weeks $780 USD
6 weeks $880 USD
8 weeks $1430 USD
10 weeks $1850 USD
12 weeks $1950 USD

 

What’s included?

  • Accommodation (volunteer house)
  • Free Airport pick up and drop off (24hrs )
  • Food (Breakfast and Dinner in a day)
  • 1-2days of In country program Orientation and
  • Induction session to know the culture, people and city places.
  • In-country support
  • Free T-shirt and a cap
  • Free bottled water 1.5ltrs per day provided in your room.
  • Free WiFe use in the house.
  • Free day trip to Tarangire National park/ Lake Manyara for a volunteer stay longer than 9-weeks and this also includes Free visit to Maasai Village and Waterfalls)
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalized project and Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion

What’s not included?

  • The Visa
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation

 

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Our staff has extensive travel and volunteer abroad experience. We have the answers to all your questions about volunteering and African Adventures. We can customize any of our programs/Itineraries to your needs and dates.

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