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Zanzibar

Zanzibar is world famous among tourists for its white sandy beaches and historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is alive with incredible smells and sounds to enrich the senses. However, behind the tourism and the picture-perfect scenery lies a different story. Life can be very difficult and a large percentage of the population is surviving on less than 75p per day. Volunteer in Zanzibar, and you’ll discover a rich, diverse culture.

Location

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous island off the east coast of Tanzania. Stone Town, near to where our partner schools are located, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has a population of around 16,000.

Why Zanzibar?

This small archipelago has a varied history, diverse culture, and breathtaking scenery. Despite its booming tourism industry, however, life can be very difficult, and a large percentage of the population survives on 75p per day.

In a Nutshell

If you’re looking for a taste of island life, historic Zanzibar is the destination for you. We’ll take you far beyond the normal tourist trail and give you a truly authentic experience, as you immerse yourself in our host communities.

Did you know?

The shortest war in the world took place in Zanzibar. The Anglo-Zanzibar War, which took place in 1896, between the British and the new Sultan of Zanzibar - who had recently seized power - lasted for a grand total of 38 minutes!

Did you know that Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar?

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Zanzibar at a glance

The volunteer roles

Teaching & Sports Coaching

We work with three large, overcrowded schools on the outskirts of Stone Town, which educate a combined total of 15,000 children. The schools are so overpopulated that they are required to split the school day in two, running classes for half the students in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. Because of this, many students are missing out on the full education they deserve. We’re working with the schools to improve their facilities and classroom space to address this issue.

Building & Renovation in Zanzibar

The schools we support are government-run, but don’t receive much funding to help them develop and improve their facilities. They are incredibly overcrowded, and desperately need new classrooms to help them manage the growing student numbers. Our building programme focuses on developing the schools’ facilities so that the children attending can enjoy a better education through improved learning environments.

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