TEACHING & COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Live the tropical island dream while volunteering with children, teaching English, and using your skills to contribute to community development on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Due to its beauty and appeal, this region is dependent on income from tourism, with many tourists flocking to this stunning island each year. As such, many local people rely on jobs in the tourism sector; in hotels, lodges, restaurants, and tour companies. Yet, Tanzania’s national level of English proficiency is very low and many adults struggle to access these types of jobs due to their poor literacy rate and inability to interact with tourists.
As a volunteer, you’ll be integral in helping local people find employment. You’ll have the opportunity to teach at local schools, women’s groups, and at the African Impact Education Centre that offers free English lessons to adults.
Read more about Volunteering as a Teacher in Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is a tropical paradise, an island just off the coast of Tanzania that is rich in culture, history, and also home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in Eastern Africa. When you think of crystal, turquoise oceans and endless white sandy beaches, Zanzibar is it. The bustling city of Stone Town is where you will fly into and the area itself is a hub of activity, with traders selling spices, fruits and fish caught fresh that day on every street corner, while also boasting the impressive title of a World Heritage Site. Just over an hour from Stone Town is the beautiful coastal village of Jambiani – your home during your stay in Zanzibar. Whether you are exploring the area or life beneath the waves, Zanzibar is the perfect location to ‘get off the grid’, while making long-lasting and sustainable change.
You will stay in a private beach house surrounded by white sandy beaches that has everything you need for a comfortable stay. You’ll be sharing an ensuite dorm room with other volunteers and we provide daily housekeeping for your comfort.
You will receive three fresh and delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community. Breakfast is typically fresh fruit, eggs and toast with a selection of toppings while lunch and dinner are a mixture of local and international cuisine. You can expect to eat anything from burgers, pizzas and pasta dishes to stews, fresh seafood and fragrant curries. Vegetarian options will always be available and we can cater to many other dietary requirements, please just let us know your requirements in advance. Once a week there is also the option to go to one of the preschool teachers’ or Kanga Ladies’ homes for dinner. It is a brilliant evening of eating a homemade meal together while sharing stories and laughs.
There is free WiFi available at the volunteer accommodation, but the connection is slow and volunteers often choose to use WiFi at nearby cafes or restaurants.
Jambiani, Zanzibar lies 9m above sea level and has a tropical climate. The summers are much rainier than the winters in Jambiani. The best time to visit Zanzibar is from January to March and June to December when the temperature is warm and there is limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in Jambiani is 30°C in March and the lowest is 27°C in June.
PROJECT IMPACT AREAS
TEACH KIDS AT NURSERIES AND SCHOOLS
Education is the foundation of everything we do. With full support from our team, you will promote positive early childhood development by teaching children in the local community – both a nursery schools and after school clubs. You will work alongside local teachers each morning to provide fun interactive classes to nursery school children, helping them prepare for primary school. You can expect to teach basic English vocabulary, handwriting and teamwork skills, as well as basic motor skills, and arts and crafts. Class sizes can be big which makes your assistance incredibly valuable as children can be given more one-on-one guidance and attention during their lessons.
TEACH ENGLISH TO ADULTS
Tourism is considered to be the sector with the highest job potential in Zanzibar, which is why we teach English to young adults in the area, in the hope that this will improve their skill-set and make them more employable. As part of our education program and with the help of donations from previous volunteers, we recently built an outdoor education center where we offer free English lessons to adults. You will get involved in teaching at all levels, from complete beginners through to advanced English speakers. These classes have become so popular that students travel all the way from mainland Tanzania to attend classes. You will play a big part in empowering the community by teaching these classes that help locals expand their English abilities, and ultimately, their chances of finding jobs and improving their lives.
As a volunteer in Zanzibar, you will strengthen and promote women’s empowerment in the village through group discussions that are relevant to the community and explore subjects such as the role of women in society. On Wednesday mornings, you will spend time with the Kanga Ladies - a women’s group who are empowering themselves by making mkeka mats (traditional Tanzanian mats) out of recycled material they sell for an income. You will also help to strengthen and promote women’s empowerment in the village through additional English classes that are held in the afternoon for older women in the community. We believe in a holistic approach to education and equal opportunities, and therefore teaching and supporting all ages and genders.
Once a week you will get involved in activities that uplift the local community. This could be beach and village clean-ups, planting trees, making EcoBricks, painting schools, taking clothing packages to local families, or harvesting vegetables at a farm for locals to sell and make an income. Please note these activities are run according to community needs and are subject to change. These activities are always a fun way to get involved and feel like part of the community.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Volunteer Teaching English Abroad
Can I volunteer abroad for free?
At African Impact, it's our mission to provide the best international volunteer programs in Africa that create tangible, measurable, and sustainable impacts in local communities. While our award-winning volunteer projects are not free, we absolutely believe they are a life-changing experience for volunteers and local communities alike. Our fees allow us to provide various unique benefits for our volunteers and ensure that the impacts made in communities are sustainable and measurable. Please scroll down to learn more about what our project fees cover.
Which countries pay most for English teachers?
When it comes to volunteer experiences, we believe that wealth is not always a monetary measure. The richness of cultural exchanges with locals, the memories that come with epic adventures, and the deep relationships formed; all of these incredible experiences enrich your time as a volunteer and transform you into a better friend, a better neighbour, and a true global citizen. As such, while none of our volunteer teaching English abroad programs are paid, we are confident they will leave you, the volunteer, wealthy in the things in life that matter most.
Do I need qualifications to teach English abroad?
We believe volunteering should be an experience accessible to all, and as such, don't require previous teaching or volunteer experience to join this project. All volunteers applying for our Teaching and Community Support project must adhere to our Child Protection Policy, which strictly outlines the policies in place to protect African children on all our Community Development projects. This policy dictates that any volunteer joining one of our teaching projects must complete a criminal background check before joining us in Africa. You can read more about our Child Protection Policy in the About Us section.
Are English teachers in demand?
Absolutely! We are always looking for eager volunteers to join our teaching English abroad programs. The more volunteers we have, the more support we can provide to local teachers, and in turn, the more we can extend the reach of education in local communities. Every volunteer counts, so we are always excited to welcome any interested individuals.
What is the best country to teach English in?
We offer volunteer teaching projects in South Africa, Zanzibar, Zambia, Kenya, and mainland Tanzania. Click each country to learn more about the projects we provide in those destinations.
Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, the opportunities for unforgettable tropical island adventures are endless. Swimming with the dolphins of Jambiani and snorkeling with whale sharks and turtles around Mafia Island are by far some of the best things to do in Zanzibar. Cruising around the island on a traditional dhow, having lunch on an uninhabited island, lazing on the beaches, and dancing under the stars should also be at the top of your list!
Zanzibar was an important trading port for spices and fresh produce back in the 19th century. This bit of its history has left it with the sweetest pineapple in the world and the nickname “Spice Islands of Africa. If you’re an avocado lover, you’re in for a real treat – the avocados in Zanzibar are huge! A local guide will show you around the farm and introduce you to some of the island’s beloved spices and fruits. You will see coffee and vanilla in its purest form and learn about traditional Zanzibari remedies using cinnamon and cloves. You will also get to taste many of the things you find.
The Arabic influences on Zanzibar are evident in the elaborate doors of Stone Town, but the vibrant soul of East Africa is unmistakable in the attire of the locals. Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and your first stop if you’re after unforgettable cultural experiences. Visit the bustling bazaars to try traditional Zanzibari food and be sure to stop by Jaws Corner for a cup of coffee done the Zanzibar way. For something a little different, experiment with traditional Swahili beauty rituals with a local herbalist or learn about spice blending from a spice master at Mrembo Spa. They also offer traditional drumming, dancing, and Tingatinga painting classes that are must-dos!
Extend your trip and visit mainland Tanzania for the ultimate African safaris and wildlife encounters! Seeing the wildlife and sunsets in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater will truly take your breath away. They are home to some of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on earth! If you want to see African elephants, Tarangire National Park is famous for its elephant migration. Head west if you want to visit Gombe Stream National Park, a sanctuary for chimpanzees made famous by Jane Goodall, a trailblazing wildlife scientist, and activist. Mahale Mountains National Park to the south of Gombe is also known for its chimpanzee trekking expeditions.
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.