COUNTRY

Just under 50 miles from the Tanzanian mainland, lies Zanzibar, a coral island in the Indian Ocean, with the most beautiful beaches. Kilometer after kilometer the white sandy beaches stretch along the Indian Ocean, with swaying coconut palms and wonderful azure waters. Zanzibar is also known as "The Spice Island". The monsoon winds spread scents of the many spices from the large plantations. Zanzibar is not only the name of the island but also the island's capital. It's an exciting mix of old and new, in terms of architecture as well as way of life. The city's unique atmosphere is due to the many different people and cultures that throughout the ages have left their larger or smaller footprints on the island. Indians, Persians, Africans, Portuguese, English and especially the Arabs from Gulf state of Oman, who in the 1800s were herded away from the Portuguese island and ushered in a new era of wealth and flourishing trade. The demand for slaves, gold and ivory was great, pirates, trading men and sailors served everyone a dime, while their power and pockets grew. The powerful sultans built beautiful palaces and mosques, which can be seen to this day, and the Muslim Swahili culture flourished.

Volunteers will spend their time in the beautiful coastal town of Jambiani. Jambiani is located in the south of Zanzibar, with its beautiful white sand beaches. Visitors will enjoy the warm water and relaxed pace, only an hour's drive from Zanzibar Town, the capital of Zanzibar. This project aims at the development of Jambiani. Volunteers can help the local community in a number of different projects. These include work in the education system, which consists of environmental projects and education in tourism training center. These projects are focused on teaching English to the local community.

 

AS A VOLUNTEER IN ZANZIBAR

As a volunteer in Zanzibar
IWASHERE invites individuals, couples, families, students, researchers and groups to volunteer in Tanzania. A good command of English is recommended. Volunteers from all countries, backgrounds and experiences are welcome to participate in programs in Tanzania. Everyone has something to contribute!

A typical week
The structure of the week may vary from project to project. As a volunteer you work approximately 4-8 hours a day and have weekly days off. Working days are planned with our project, it is possible to get time off if you need something such as going on a trip, just remember to inform the project coordinator in good time.

Weekdays
Breakfast is with the other volunteers is usually between 7:30 and 8:30. Around 9-9:30 you depart for your workplace, where you will meet with the local people and plan your day. You have a lunch break during the day. For the most part, a workday ends between 14:00 and 17:00. After which you have free time to explore the local area, play with the kids, or hang out with the other volunteers. In the evening you can visit a local restaurant with your friends.

The weekend
Time to relax, perhaps just cool off at home. The lively and colorful Zanzibar will no doubt give you plenty of entertainment and exciting challenges when you are not working. Transport is cheap in Tanzania, it also gives you the opportunity to take a trip up to the mainland, where you can experience Dar Salaam, Arusha and Moshi with its vibrant markets and tranquil atmosphere, go on a fascinating safari, visit Arusha national parks, relax on Zanzibar white sandy beaches - or if you're fresh, you can climb Kilimanjaro. IWASHERE can help you plan your safari, climb Kilimanjaro or a trip to Zanzibar during your stay. It's always a good idea to book from home to avoid having to pay tourist prices after your arrival in Tanzania.

Welcome
When you arrive at the airport, you will be picked up by a project coordinator. You will then be taken to the guest house where you will be staying along with other volunteers who come from different parts of the world. All volunteers will receive information about the country, culture, project and given a tour of the city.

Accommodation
Volunteers live in a fully furnished guest house. From the house, you can see the beautiful white sandy beaches. Each bedroom has room for two or three volunteers and a bathroom. A professional chef will prepare meals in the kitchen. The house also has mosquito nets and fans. It offers cleaning and laundry on a regular basis. You get 3 meals a day.

 

PROJECTS

EDUCATION (OPTIONAL & INTERNSHIP)
Participants will have the opportunity to volunteer at an elementary school in Jambiani. The education system is poorly equipped; however students understand the importance of education and have a very strong desire to learn.
As a volunteer on this project you will help with the following:

• Teaching English to children and adults.
• The development of children's creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing and coloring.
• Organize and coordinate sports activities.
• Helping to maintain and repair the facilities.
Tanzania's two official languages ​​are English and Swahili, though many of its inhabitants also speak one or more of the 100 tribal dialects. There are both adults and children who cannot speak English. Therefore, volunteers are greatly appreciated when they come to teach the English language. Experience is not required, just that you are willing to help. As a volunteer, you can work at a school for children or at a school where adults come to learn English, to improve their chances of getting a job.
By showing commitment and adding some interesting teaching ideas you will discover that the children's interest in the language and willingness to improve will rapidly grow. This project is perfect for those interested in a career in the field of education, or those already in training and require internship. You can also choose to teach other subjects such as art, sports, geography, music, physics, mathematics and drama. If you have special requirements or qualifications, let us know and we can find the most suitable project for you.

VOLUNTEER OF TOURIST SCHOOL (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
Tourism is considered to be a valuable industry in Zanzibar. Volunteers that choose to work in the tourist industry training center will help to educate the local population. This will help them get jobs so they can support their families.
As a volunteer you will help with the following:

• Teaching English
• Teaching students basic administrative tasks
• Teaching students basic computer skills such as CV writing
• Supervising the students in cooking classes.
• Helping students to learn and understand practical areas such as (money management, etc.)

ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT
The people of Jambiani are highly dependent on their natural resources, especially the sea (fish, crabs, seaweed, etc.) and local crops grown in the area. Volunteers will help keep the beach and other areas in the village clean, as well as help improve the environment by planting trees and taking part in other projects that help maintain the nature on the Island. If you are into stunning sceneries on quiet and fascinating islands, then this project in Zanzibar is definitely for you. You can look forward to being a part of an international network of volunteers from around the world. You do not only learn about the local culture but also about the cultures of the other volunteers.