There are 4 pre-schools in Jambiani. Volunteers support the local teachers in educating the local children. TEFL Graduate Volunteers are most welcome! They get involved in:
- Teaching English to children, teachers and local adults (This is where a TEFL qualification comes in handy, although it isn't an absolute must).
- Singing and dancing with children in English and local languages.
- Developing the children’s creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing and colouring.
- Playing developmental games with the children.
- General upkeep of the school to keep it a pleasant environment in which to learn.
Volunteer Involvement in Primary and Secondary schools:
Working in the primary and secondary schools, with too many children to accommodate at one time, and shortages of staff and facilities, often two school sessions are run per day. You will find that most of the schools have meagre and ill-equipped facilities, but a wealth of children with a desire to learn. Here a TEFL qualification would be really useful for your volunteer project.
These are the ways in which you will assist in the schools:
- Teaching in the classes (qualified teachers only and pre arranged before trip).
- Organize and coordinate sport afternoons with the scholars.
- Help maintain and even repair the facilities, most of which are quite run down.
School holidays are set for the following:
- Term 1: 3 January – 26 March
- Holidays: 27 March – 5 April
- Term 2: 6 April – 30 May
- Holidays: 31 May – 7 June
- Term 3: 8 June – 10 August
- Holidays Ramadan: 11 August – 20 September
- Term 4: 21 September – 2 December
- Holidays: 3 December – 3 January.
Ramadan: 11 August - 9 September.
"Ramadan is an Islamic religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; the month in which the Qur'an (occasionally written as Koran in non-Islamic cultures) was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims do not eat or drink anything from true dawn until sunset. Fasting is meant to teach the person patience, sacrifice and humility. Ramadaan is a time to fast for the sake of Allah, and to offer more prayer than usual. During Ramadaan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds." During this month all school children will be on holiday and the schools will be closed so there will be NO volunteer work associated with the schools in this month. However, there is still plenty of work to do; volunteers could be involved in some of the following activities:
- Work on the project will be focused on manual labour, such as painting, repair work, and possibly some building, depending on what we needs to be done at that time
- Environmental maintenance work such as litter pick-ups and planting trees
- Making school resources such as posters and lesson plans, etc.
- We hope that our adult literacy lessons can continue, although this depends on how energetic the students are feeling during their month of fasting.
- During Ramadan our volunteers cannot eat, drink, smoke or chew in public.
You will however be able to have normal meals back at the project base. Please also bear in mind that everything will be slower than usual in Zanzibar by far as all the locals will be fasting which makes them tired! Volunteer involvement in the local Tourism Training Centre (Please note that this project is seasonal and does not run all-year-round). In general tourism is considered to be the sector of activity with the most potential in Zanzibar. There is a drive through the tourism sector to deal with the issues of poverty reduction, education, youth, gender and the environment amongst others. Volunteers get involved in multiple areas to help with the training of these aspirants:
- Teaching English
- Life-skills teaching
- Training students in basic administrative tasks
- Training students in basic computer skills e.g. CV writing
- Assist and supervise students in cooking classes and food and beverage management
- Assist and supervise students in practical classes ("role-play", handling money, etc.).
As we believe that community work is so closely linked to conservation work, we also focus some of our time on local conservation initiatives, such as tree-planting, beach clean-ups and other exciting interactive activities.
- Gain teaching experience in various schools and a tourism training institute
- Assist in the teaching of English to not only children and scholars, but also teachers and other community leaders
- Assist in improving educational facilities in the community
- Enjoy some cycling to and from your volunteer projects
- Developmental games with pre-primary school children & sport-afternoons on the beach
- Playing a role in keeping the beach and village environment clean
- Get a glimpse of life on the island, and have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in a community
- Get a taste of the Zanzibar culture; learn a bit of Kiswahili!
- A great platform to not only explore other areas of the archipelago and try your hand at some water sports, but also to experience some of the finest safari destinations on the continent.
For the past two years our volunteers have contributed over 13850 hours to community development in the Jambiani community in Zanzibar. Our project structures, together with the support and advice of our charitable foundation team at The Happy Africa Foundation, are continuously assessing our work and project strategies to ensure that these hours are meaningful with measurable outcomes.
During this period we have completed the painting of all classrooms and blackboards at Jambiani High School (approx. 20 classrooms). At the end of October 2009 we commenced a special educational needs implementation plan within Jambinani High School, working with 2 blind children, 2 children with learning disabilities and 1 child with hearing disability - we are currently working with these children and the teachers every morning. We are currently setting up a youth football team of 22 teenage boys - the aim to give them a common goal, team work, social skills/awareness and a purpose, plus they must attend 2 evening English classes with our volunteers per week.
In October 2009, we held a small sports day event between 2 nursery schools - Sirajati v Ibrahim Milaat, it was a great success with 80 children taking part, plus the school teachers! We now have a very good relationship with the local volunteer teachers at Siragati Nursery School and have started a programme of teaching the teachers English each morning - a very rewarding role, as this will empower these teachers to continue and build on our English classes with the children. Our volunteers designed and made good the play area at Sirajati Nursery School, and dug a shamba on the school grounds so the teachers could grow fruit to sell for school funds and an area for each child to grow their own plant/fruit.
Optional activities and excursions:
Travel Highlights: Safari Options.
Zanzibar and Tanzania offer a variety of tours and safari options, which are perfect for a week-end getaway, or a post/pre-project safari. Our office in Zanzibar is able to put together a number of different getaways/safaris according to your preference, which include trips to various parts of the archipelago (Spice tours, Historical tours, Jozani Forest etc) and even into Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, the famous Serengeti National Park, the unique Ngorongoro Crater and climbing the mighty Kilimanjaro! And much more. Available options are typically all-inclusive: transport, transfers, full-board accommodation, services of driver/guide, park entry fees etc. Please contact our Zanzibar office or your Destination Manager should you require more information on any tour/safari that you are considering.
Where will I sleep?
During your time on the project you will be staying in Jambiani at the project base in shared accommodation with other volunteers. You will be based in beach bungalows in the local village. The bungalows are set just off the beach, but one can see the ocean from the front door and the beach/sea is literally on the doorstep. Volunteers will room with 2 or 3 others and each bungalow has a bathroom en suite. Rooms will be fully furnished and you will be sleeping on bunk beds. We have mosquito nets and fans in the rooms.
You will be able to sit outside at the tables in your back yard in the shade for meal times. A cook will be provided to prepare regular meals in our kitchen, which will be enjoyed at a communal outside eating area overlooking the sea. You will have house keeping and laundry done on a regular basis. Bedding will be provided but you should bring your own towel.
Our Project Manager will be living on the premises and the office will also be based there. There will also be a resource room to keep items needed for project work and this can be used as a great space for lesson preparation. With the added backyard space you will be able to sleep outside on the beach recliners on really hot evenings should you wish to do so. You will get some amazing star gazing opportunities! Please note: There is NO HOT WATER for showering in; most places in Zanzibar do not have hot water.
And Meals? You will be provided with three wholesome meals a day. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis and usually consists of cereals/porridge, toast, fruit, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner are full meals, and will be provided for you. Lunches may also be packed or may be local lunches at your placement. Please advise should you have any food allergies, or do not eat seafood in particular.
How do I get there and travel around?
You will need to fly directly into Zanzibar International Airport in Stone Town, Zanzibar, where you will be met by one of our experienced team. There are direct flights from Europe, the United States and South Africa to either Nairobi (Kenya) or Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) and then easy connections on to Zanzibar Island. Please contact us for any suggestions on airlines.
Do I need experience, is there orientation?
Upon your arrival in Zanzibar you will be met by our representative, who will escort you to your new 'home'. Once you have settled in, you will be briefed on the itinerary of the orientation program. You will receive a detailed Welcome Pack, which will contain all the important information you may need.
Support: Throughout your stay at your placement you will have the support and guidance of experienced field-workers and coordinators. They are part of our greater support team, and will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.
A day in the life. An example of a typical volunteering day in Zanzibar Monday to Friday:
- 07:00 Get up and start getting ready for your project
- 08:00 Breakfast at our Base
- 08:30 Lesson preparations for your classes
- 09:45 Head off on bicycle to your project placement
- 10:00 Start work at your one of our local nursery schools
- 11:45 Leave school and cycle back to our base for some sun and time out
- 13:00 Lunch break
- 15:00 Return to your placement or your allocated ward – doing some manual labour such as some painting, gardening, litter pick ups and repairing
- 17:00 Home Time You will make your way back to your base just a few minutes away. Now you will be able to cool down with a swim, find a cold drink, visit the internet café, socialize with the locals/other volunteers or just relax and unwind on the beach.
Evenings are very sociable affairs. Generally, volunteers discuss their days amongst each other whilst having supper together, prepare for the project the next day and enjoy sun downers at one of the many beach side café’s or hotels. You will have Saturdays and Sundays “off” to do any tourist activities or to rest from your week of volunteering.
- Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. This project fee facilitates funding for items such as building materials, equipment, supplies, foodstuffs, etc. Project fees are also used to buy vehicles/equipment and for developing new housing for volunteers to provide for the expansion of the project.
- All airport transfers to and from Zanzibar Airport/Ferry Port.
- Orientation program
- Any daily transport that might be required as part of the project during your stay
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day in Jambiani at your Base
- Weekly laundry service during your stay
- Assistance in your projects by various staff and volunteer coordinators
- Full support from our staff and your coordinator throughout your time on your Zanzibar placement.
- What is the minimum stay: 2 weeks
- Where exactly is it: Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
- What will I be doing: teaching in rural schools and community development initiatives on the tropical 'spice island' off East Tanzania.
Prices from: £730/€950/$1315.
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