Frankie Russ gives five reasons why this is a fun and rewarding experience. All images copyright African Adventures.
Zanzibar, an archipelago off Tanzania’s eastern coast, is an increasingly popular tropical paradise. You can relax on unspoilt white-sand beaches or go on an ocean safari to discover the diverse marine life that resides here.
2. There’s a rich culture
Zanzibar’s cultural heritage is abundant. The historic Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe in Swahili, is a traditional coastal trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Zanzibar has influences from across the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Europe. It’s renowned for its bustling fish and spice markets, and there is a famous tour that takes you on a sensory voyage around the alleyways.
3. Volunteers are very welcome
Travellers are made to feel very welcome in Zanzibar and their time and support is appreciated. Though Zanzibar has a thriving tourism industry, which creates opportunities for Zanzibari people, it is still developing and many people are faced with poverty. The education sector is in particular need of help. If you volunteer at school projects, you will find that one of the difficulties for many of them is the severe overcrowding and a lack of resources and facilities. It’s challenging but rewarding work.
4. You will gain self-understanding
Joining a volunteer programme in Zanzibar gives you a life-changing experience that will not only take you out of your comfort zone but will help you to grow as a person, gain confidence and put you in the company of like-minded people with whom you can build lasting friendships.
5. You will experience a whole new perspective
It gives you the opportunity to try a different pace of life and encounter a variety of cultures and languages.
Learning a few Swahili phrases will be invaluable and help you to interact with Zanzibari people.
Book your volunteering through a company that really cares about making a difference and contributing to sustainable development in local communities, such as African Adventures. To find out more, click here.