Join University of Graz in Zanzibar in 2021

Introduction

African Adventures has teamed up with University of Graz for its first trip, and you’re invited to join!

African Adventures is a unique volunteer travel company, dedicated to improving lives at home and in Africa. We work with several community projects on the outskirts of Stone Town in Zanzibar that help improve the lives of the 14,500 children who attend.

University of Graz’s eight-night trip takes place on 11th September 2021, where you’ll spend five days volunteering alongside other students at one of our partner projects, before wrapping the adventure up with an exciting day of snorkelling and sightseeing.

You can help teach English in classrooms and coach sports sessions during this trip, enabling you to develop new skills and dedicate your time to a valuable cause.

Why Get Involved?

African Adventures first started working in Zanzibar in 2014, after we began supporting Fuoni School. Since then, we have grown to support two more schools in Zanzibar. We currently have partnerships with 26 community projects across Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, and support more than 22,000 children. In 2019, we were proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

As a volunteer, you can help our partner projects improve the quality of education that they provide and extend their community outreach by providing much-needed teaching support during lessons.

Away from volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to discover everything that Zanzibar has to offer on our Zanzibar Islands Adventure Day. Explore the ocean on a traditional dhow boat, snorkel alongside tropical fish, and visit the historical Prison Island – now home to giant tortoises.

As no trips to Zanzibar took place in 2020 because of the Coronavirus outbreak, your support will be needed more than ever in 2021. So, what are you waiting for? Start your African Adventure today!

Teaching in Zanzibar

You’ll have the opportunity to gain a real insight into the East African education system by volunteering at our partner projects to teach English and coach sports sessions. You will be required to adapt your teaching style according to the resources available and in order to meet the needs of the students. You can also use the teaching techniques and strategies you have learned on your course to inspire students at your placement school.

You will be helping students work towards local curriculum goals and syllabus objectives, which may differ dramatically to those in Austria. Teaching will take place for up to six hours per day. The schools are so overcrowded that the school day is split in two, with half of the students attending in the morning and the other half attending in the afternoon. This means that the children’s access to education is literally cut in half.

Students from other university groups consistently tell us that they return as more effective, flexible and creative teachers.

About Zanzibar

Location

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region off the east coast of Tanzania. It is world-famous as a tourist destination due to its sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, but daily life is very difficult for a large percentage of the population, and many people survive on less than 75p per day.

Stone Town, where our partner projects are located, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a population of around 16,000. The schools we work with are desperately overcrowded and underfunded, and it is not uncommon to have upwards of 100 children in one classroom, with just two teachers. There are rarely enough desks for the students, and the schools often lack sufficient learning resources such as textbooks, pencils and exercise books.

Where you’ll stay

Your group will stay at a hotel in Stone Town, in Zanzibar’s main city, just a short walk from the island’s ferry terminal and Forodhani Gardens. The hotel comprises two adjoining buildings with a mixture of single, double, twin, triple, and family rooms, and each room is en-suite. There is a roof terrace where guests can relax in the evenings, and WiFi is available.

The hotel has hot running water and electricity, and mosquito nets are provided. The accommodation is staffed 24 hours a day, and has a security guard on duty overnight. All rooms are equipped with a double-phase lock, and the windows are reinforced with steel frames.

Trip Information

Duration

8 nights

Departure Date

11th September 2021 (subject to flights)

Flying From

Graz or Vienna

Trip Cost

£1,600.00

Deposit

£195.00 to secure your place

Sign-up Deadline

30th November 2020

First Instalment

£470.00 due by 15th January 2021

Second Instalment

£465.00 due by 15th April 2021

Third Instalment

£470.00 due by 1st July 2021

Trip Package

What’s Included?

Virtually everything you need is included in the cost of the trip:

  • Financial protection through the ATOL scheme
  • Return indirect flights to Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar from Graz or Vienna
  • Specialist volunteer travel insurance
  • Single-sex, shared hotel accommodation
  • Three meals per day (except adventure weekend & transit days)
  • Orientation upon arrival, 24-hour in-country support and dedicated Trip Host in Zanzibar
  • All scheduled transport in Zanzibar
  • Organised project work
  • Zanzibar Islands Adventure Day
  • Project development contribution
  • Access to our online portal, My AA, for trip details, pre-departure support & fundraising ideas
  • African Adventures t-shirt

What’s Not Included

Not much, actually.

  • Medical expenses (any vaccinations or anti-malarials)
  • Visa fee ($50)
  • Drinks

FAQs

If the trip is cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you will receive a full refund of your trip costs from African Adventures, so you can book with confidence.

If a volunteer falls unwell on one of our trips, including with suspected Coronavirus, the cost of medical treatment and, if required, repatriation is covered under the personal travel insurance policy included in the cost of your place.

We pride ourselves on our personalised and friendly approach, and we want to be there to support you at every stage of the adventure. Our online portal, My African Adventure, contains a wealth of information relating to your destination and how to best prepare for your trip. And, if you cannot find the information that you are looking for, we are always at the end of the phone and email to help you out.

No, but the most rewarding experiences rarely are! You are likely to be stepping out of your comfort zone, meeting new people, travelling to a new country, in a different environment and with a different culture.

This will be an exciting challenge for you but you will have plenty of support whilst you are away. Our trained Trip Leaders and Trip Hosts will be there to look after you and your fellow volunteers.

If you’ve not been to this part of the world before, you’ll need some vaccinations before you go.

Please visit your doctor or travel nurse for advice regarding which vaccinations you need. As a UK-based organisation, we recommend our volunteers visit  www.travelhealthpro.org.uk or www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for helpful information relating to each of our volunteering destinations.

More information is available on the My African Adventure portal.

In a word, yes! Of course, there are risks with any form of travel, whether you’re going to Los Angeles, Lima or London, but millions of Europeans travel to Africa every year and the majority of visits are trouble free.

At African Adventures, we have organised trips for over 6,000 volunteers and hold a wealth of experience. From pre-departure support and in-country orientations, to knowing nearby hospitals and medical centres, we know how to deliver a safe and exciting experience. We are accredited by reputable travel bodies (see Trusted and Experienced) and we follow the British Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) advice at all times: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Volunteers stay in single-sex, shared accommodation for the duration of the programme. In Zanzibar, volunteers will stay in basic hotels.

All accommodation has showers, flushing toilets and lockable rooms.

Further information (including pictures) is available on My African Adventure, our online portal which you can access once you have signed up.

African Adventures is a responsibly motivated travel company. We also have a charity arm called African Adventures Foundation, which raises additional money for the projects we support. Because African Adventures Ltd. covers the running costs of African Adventures Foundation, 100% of all charitable income for the charity is sent to where it is needed most, meaning that real impact can be made. Visit aaf.african-adventures.co.uk for more information.

Register your interest

Get in touch

Laura KalusTrip Co-ordinator

laura@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3505