Volunteering in Zanzibar teaching

Volunteer program in Zanzibar with children

For decades Zanzibar has attracted lovers of true beaches, and now you can volunteer in Zanzibar teaching with children, as it is an island full of unique landscapes and with a great cultural heritage.

A large part of its population lives in situations of poverty and economic difficulties that do not allow their children to obtain a quality education.

This need has caused many organizations and communities to look for tools and possible solutions to this problem and to make life easier for these people. Adventure Volunteer , is one of these associations, which supports vulnerable communities in Zanzibar, through school volunteer programs and for children from 3 to 8 years old.

Objectives of volunteering in Zanzibar teaching with children


What will I do in Zanzibar as a volunteer with children?

As a volunteer in Zanzibar, you must bear in mind that there is not enough equipment to deal with the current demand for work. Therefore, we hope that our volunteers contribute new ideas and teaching methodologies and that these motivate our children and young people to continue learning and build a better future.

Classes are organized in the Volunteering in Zanzibar for teaching with children where you will participate as a teacher support (the volunteer does not create the classes independently):

  • Mathematics, computer science, languages ​​and sport.
  • Art, dance and music activities.
  • Health and hygiene talks.
  • Environmental workshops and gardening.
  • Reading and theater spaces.
  • Cleaning and maintenance tasks of the center.
  • Assist the staff of the centers and teachers.

All of the above is complemented by leisure and free time activities that seek to promote socio-educational integration, tolerance and solidarity in the boys and girls who live in these communities.

CONSIDER

  • It is very important that all volunteers have a certain level of English to be able to communicate.
  • You need to be of legal age.
  • We expect you to be creative, open-minded and highly adaptable.
  • In addition to the desire to help, give the best of yourself to these children and young people.
  • The required clothing during collaboration hours is: long pants (jeans or jeans), blouses or short-sleeved shirts. Shorts, spaghetti straps, and short dresses are not permitted.
  • Respect and understand the customs of Zanzibar, they are different from ours.


How are the schools in Zanzibar?

The children of Zanzibar are from a Muslim community and we ask that volunteers be respectful of this. We want you to feel comfortable as it is hot: but be aware and try not to wear extremely short clothing and any attire that exposes your body in a way that is considered disrespectful in the Muslim community.

What religion are the children in Zanzibar?

Islamic faith, is the most predominant in your volunteering in Zanzibar with children

Can I bring a gift to the children?

Sweets are very special, we also try to take care of your health and sugar and sweets are not something that students eat often and we all know the addictive quality of these types of foods. If you want to bring something, you can talk to the coordinator before flying to see what you need at any given time. But everything is welcome.

And if not, once there, if you want you can buy local fruits and juices instead of bringing sweets, in this way you are supporting the community and providing a nutritious gift.

WHAT DATES CAN YOU DO THE VOLUNTEERING IN ZANZIBAR?

ARRIVALS

  • The project is  open all year.
  • You can arrive any day of the week, we also recommend that you arrive on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as it makes it easier to join the project.

SCHEDULE AND PICK-UP POINT AT THE AIRPORT

  • You must arrive at the Abeid Amani Karume Intentional Airport (ZNZ), where you will be received by the local coordinator of the project.
  • The scheduled time for  arrivals is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

IS IT SAFE TO DO A TEACHING VOLUNTEER IN ZANZIBAR?

Yes! Much safer than you can imagine, to date we have not experienced any problems.

We have a great relationship in town and employ guards who stay at the complex; mainly to prevent strangers from entering our school.


WHERE WILL I BE AND WHAT WILL MY SCHEDULE BE IN THE VOLUNTEER IN ZANZIBAR?

The reinforcement and school support volunteer program in Zanzibar is located in the South of the Island (Mkunguni), approximately 90 minutes from the airport and 60 from the city.

The day of a volunteer from Monday to Friday starts at 7:30 in the morning until approximately 12:30 p.m. Likewise, the schedule may vary due to the tasks to be carried out by the volunteers.

CALENDAR

Open: Monday, January 17. 

Closing: Friday April 22 

Holidays:-

Thursday, April 7 (karume day)

Friday, April 15 (Good Friday)

Monday, April 18 [Easter Monday]

Tuesday, April 26 [union day]

Sunday, May 1 [Labor Day]

Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4 [Eid el fitry]

FIRST TERM CONT.

Open: Monday, May 9

Closing: Friday, July 1 

The first fortnight of July there is no school but you can collaborate by preparing classes or in the organic part

Holidays:-

Thursday, July 7 [sabasaba day]

Sunday, July 10 [Eid EL Adha] 

Open: Monday, July 18 

Closing: Thursday, December 8. 

Holidays:-

Monday, August 8 [Nanenane Day]

Friday, October 14 [Nyerere Day]

Friday December 9 [Independence]

Sunday, December 25 [Christmas]

Monday, December 26 [Boxing Day]

CALENDAR 2023 IN ZANZIBAR

Open School: Monday, January 16.


HOW IS THE ACCOMMODATION IN THE VOLUNTEER IN ZANZIBAR?

The accommodation and breakfast of the volunteer in Zanzibar, is provided by the volunteer house.

They are very poor places , the volunteer must know that there is no comfort or good WIFI (you can have a SIM with data).


The selected houses have:

  • Solar electricity, limited use
  • Fully installed bathrooms cold water
  • Room (for 4 or 6 volunteers depending on the room)
  • Wifi (it is quite weak)

We take them to the supermarket every Monday and they buy food together

The food is typical of the country. Usually at breakfast you have tea or coffee and fruit, cassava, sweet potato, pancakes (crepe, pancake) or mandazi. At lunch: rice with stew, spaghetti, ugali with cabbage or vegetables, githeri (combination of cooked maize flour and beans) and Matoke (banana and chicken stew) and dinner is similar to the main meal.

There may be temporary cuts in water and electricity supplies.

You can spend around 30-40 euros per week with typical meals (not excursions or restaurants)

something to the house, we encourage you to choose something from our monthly volunteer house wish list. here _

  1. Is it clean?

Yes! Often as clean as the last volunteer, so we respectfully ask that you 

The house is deep cleaned every Monday and you will find a volunteer daily cleaning list, however it is the responsibility of each volunteer to clean up after themselves, maintain the common areas. order and immediately wash the dishes that are used.

COORDINATION

During your volunteer reinforcement and school support in Zanzibar you will have a general coordinator, apart from the team. In the case of Zanzibar, your main coordinators will be Cosiano and Renos

Once you are part of the Adventure Volunteer family of volunteers, they will give you an induction to the program and the tasks to be carried out.

Cosiano – General Volunteer Coordinator

In addition to Renos who will be in the online part and you will also have the direct support of Paula as daily coordinator


CONTRIBUTION TO THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN ZANZIBAR

The contribution to the volunteer teaching and school support program in Zanzibar is divided into two parts. To register for the program you must pay €150.   One (1) month before the start of your volunteering, the rest of the contribution to the program must be paid.

WEEKPRICE EUROS
1495
two545
two765
4945
51125

In each additional week you must pay €180. Contributions to the teaching and school support volunteer program are in euros, so the currency exchange will have a real effect. You can check the currency exchange during the period of your volunteering in Zanzibar teaching

WHAT IS OFFERED TO THE VOLUNTEER?

  • airport welcome
  • Bed and breakfast
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up, orientation and induction to the program
  • volunteer certificate
  • Volunteer and RC insurance
  • tax certificate
  • Guide, advice and management in choosing the program

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED TO THE VOLUNTEER?

  • Flight to Zanzibar
  • Visa
  • travel medical insurance
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Drinks, diets and special meals
  • Trips inside or outside the country
  • Bottled water

WHAT WILL THE VOLUNTEER FIND?

Volunteering in Zanzibar teaching

  • In Kizimkazi:
    • best place for sunset dinner and coco reef masai show
    • Mtenda Beach
    • Jozani Forest you can ask Mau as your guide +255 773 015 955
  • In the East: 
    • Nakupenda Blue Safari 
    • Rock restaurant (reservation required)
    • Kae beach (Mchamvi)
    • Kuza Caves
    • Kite surfing and a party weekend
  • In the West: 
    • spice tour 
    • local town 
    • prison island 
    • Stone city 
  • In the north: 
    • Nungwi to swim with the turtles
    • Kendwa beach for the full moon party 
    • cave of slaves 
    • Mnemba Island

How to travel around Zanzibar while volunteering?

Zanzibar is a tourist destination and has car rentals; personally we do not recommend that people drive alone, the roads and driving are dangerous.

We will pick you up at the airport and it is easy to get a taxi or a local driver and if you want to travel like the locals you can take a boda boda.

If you plan to stay a bit longer and prefer more freedom to travel, we recommend renting a car or scooter.

For car rental, you can talk to the team that can help you.

You can also contact for local taxi services:

Ally Kizimkazi +255 774 545 889

Suleman Kizimkazi +255 777 494 704

How much money will I need to volunteer in Zanzibar?

The local currency is the Zanzibar shilling, but most hotels, bars and restaurants accept US dollars.

There are no ATMs in Kizimkazi, the closest one is about 30 minutes by car, it will be the closest one in your volunteering in Zanzibar with children

Most places don’t accept card payments, so make sure you bring enough cash.

When you arrive, you can exchange currency at your local airport and more or less in this percentage 80% Shillings, 20% Dollars.

If you plan to go out, visit tourist attractions, hail a taxi, and dine out, you should budget around $50 per day.

Also, avoid fat bills for the change. You should know that Zanzibar is very touristy, and apart from international volunteering we have to live in a place that is not cheap for tourism. .

CAN I USE A LOCAL SIM WHEN VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN IN ZANZIBAR?

If you are staying more than a week in your Volunteering in Zanzibar teaching, we recommend getting a local SIM card (ZANTEL) and 10 GB of data which you can buy in town before arriving in Kizimkazi for around TSH20,000.

Do not buy your sim at the airport, it is overpriced and most likely they will not recharge the data correctly.

Ask the taxi driver to get a SIM card and data in Stone Town and if you want local calls, we recommend adding TSH5,000 calls, although most people use WhatsApp calls locally.