Thrilled to be in the Spice Islands?? Volunteer in Zanzibar, one of the phenomenal islands of the Zanzibar archipelago, to discover how it got its nickname and its colorful history.

One of Africa’s hidden treasures – and one of the Indian Ocean Islands, separated by a channel, off the coast of Tanzania – Zanzibar is endowed with sparkling white sandy and coral reef-fringed beaches. The stunning reefs are rich in incredible marine biodiversity, making Zanzibar a perfect destination for a meaningful marine volunteering experience. 

Have an amazing experience ethically swimming with dolphins, enhance your scuba diving skills, or get lost in time snorkeling with the breath-taking coral reefs. 

Aside from the ocean, you will also fall in love with the beauty of Zanzibar and its on land treasures, like its historic centre – the Stone Town – which is a World Heritage Site, and its historical fauna pointing to its connection to the last Ice Age era of the African mainland. Though there are no large wild animals, Zanzibar has rare or almost extinct endemic native animals such as the Zanzibar leopard, Zanzibar red colobus, and Zanzibar servaline genet.

Here are some of the many amusing facts about Zanzibar: 

  • The only place in Eastern African countries to have the longest settlement houses
  • Has only 1 AM radio station and 21 FM radio stations
  • One of its town features the Hamamni Persian Baths built by immigrants from Shiraz, Iran during Barghash bin Said’s rule
  • Most famous event is the Zanzibar International Film Festival (also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries)

There are several treasures to uncover in Zanzibar, while you make meaningful connections and impact. Get your suitcase ready and start your volunteer abroad adventure! 

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