Zanzibar Community

4.8(35 reviews)
2 to 8 weeks
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience Tanzania’s active lifestyle whilst making a real difference to local communities. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer in a slice of island paradise, assisting with preschool teaching and community development. Picture yourself teaching English to children, students, teachers and community leaders, promoting women empowerment in the village, improving educational facilities for better learning, snorkelling and diving off Zanzibar Island, tasting the delicious tropical fruits and contributing to important, real-world community outreach projects.  

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we’ve joined with local project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to community development with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup, project transport, volunteer accommodation, provided meals, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable change on Zanzibar’s preschool teaching and community development, make new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference and lasting impact on education whilst channelling that genuine East African way of living at the same time. 


Volunteer project placement
We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start making a difference to the world.
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.
Pre-Departure Guide
Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.
Trip visa guidance
Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.
Comfortable accommodation
Relax in a comfortable twin-share dorm in a house with the other volunteers, only minutes from the beach. You’ll also have access to bicycles located onsite, so you can explore the village.
Covid-19 Medical Insurance
For a limited time only, all our Volunteer trips come with medical insurance for the duration of your trip, which also covers Covid-19, for added peace of mind.
Return airport transfer
To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Jambiani. Return transfer to the airport upon completion of your volunteer placement.
Enjoy three nutritious meals per day during the week, prepared fresh for you by the onsite chefs.
‘Welcome to Zanzibar’ orientation
Head into town with your English-speaking supervisor, where you’ll be shown the main shopping complex and banks. You’ll also learn more about the project and your role as a volunteer.
$200 Global Tour Voucher
We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.
Certificate of completion
In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!
Ongoing support from our local team
Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.
gWorld access
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Marketplace deals
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$250 off your next trip
The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?
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To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Zanzibar Community Volunteer trip in Tanzania is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment, and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement and meals to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You'll be volunteering in Jambiani, a group of villages part of Zanzibar.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you’ve touched down at Zanzibar International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Jambiani. Relax, settle in and meet some of the other volunteers.

Day 2

Head to your orientation with the other volunteers, where you’ll learn about your project and your role as a volunteer. You’ll also be taken into town with your English-speaking supervisor and shown the main shopping complex and banks.

Day 3+

6.00am: Rise and shine, it’s time to begin your day. Join your project manager for a sunrise jog on the beach - it’s worth it, we promise! Or, wake up with a refreshing swim in the ocean. 

7.15am: Head back to the house with the other volunteers and fuel for the day with a breakfast of fruit, eggs and toast.

8.30am: Cycle to the nursery school in the Jambiani village.

9.00am: You’ll begin your volunteer duties for the day. You could find yourself teaching English to children, singing and dancing, developing their creative and motor skills through painting, drawing, writing and colouring, or organising sports afternoons. On Friday mornings, you will be helping out with one of the community projects and could be responsible for planting trees, repairing or maintaining schools, or clearing the beach. You’ll also have some time to prepare lessons for the week ahead.

12.00pm: You’ll finish up at school and cycle back to the project base for some well-deserved sun, time out and lunch! 

2.00pm: In the afternoon, you’ll be helping adults from nearby villages, including the local football team, teenagers and local women’s groups with their English. You’ll assist them with their communication skills so they can hopefully find employment within the tourism industry.

6.00pm: Your volunteer duties are done for the day! Cool down with a swim, have a cold drink, socialise with the locals, relax or unwind on the beach.

6.30pm: Dinner is served! Enjoy a nutritious meal by the outside eating area overlooking the sea and share stories from the day with the other volunteers. On Wednesday nights you’ll have the chance to head to a local restaurant to try the local cuisine.

7.00pm: Enjoy your free time to relax, play games, enjoy scheduled activities and get to know the project staff and your fellow volunteers.  

Weekends: You’ll generally have the weekends off, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore. Make the most of your time off and arrange a tour or safari, which include a ferry to the mainland of Tanzania, a hike through Jozani Forest, visits to numerous national parks such as the famous Serengeti National Park, a tour of the unique Ngorongoro Crater or marvel at the mighty Mt Kilimanjaro.


We’ll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

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Sara S
Booked in Aug, 2018
Really good service, answered all my questions, very helpful and so friendly
Brianna M
Booked in Jan, 2018
I want to change the world and they are helping me achieve that aim with assisting me every step of the way.
Shona P
Very friendly and Informative.
Chad D
Jessica has been a great part of this whole process. She has been very patient and helpful and made us way more excited to do this trip then we already were. She has explained everything in detail and has us excited for the next steps in our adventure.
Stephanie T
Super helpful; perfect service
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